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About Nolan

Nolan W. McCants, an award winning photographer, had his initial encounter with photography in his 6th grade dark room class. This is where he first "saw the light"—the beauty, symmetry and the emotion that photography evoked. This would later spark a fascination with art and culture, people and imagery within him that grows stronger every day. As an adult, he continued to connect with the fine arts community as an executive in public relations.

Well traveled, Nolan has immersed himself in diverse cultures throughout the world. His inquisitive nature and insatiable desire to touch and be touched by ethnicity and customs motivates his inspiring photography. His images stir imagination and emotions, while uncovering rich cultural treasures. His gifted "eye for the exceptional in the ordinary" captures the uniqueness of life, bringing observers of his art into the intimacy of the moment.

Nolan was born and raised in the western suburb of Chicago. Improv was a norm in his boyhood home. He was introduced to the arts through the professional music career of his late Father, Walter "Butch" McCants, an accomplished Jazz drummer. While growing up, he was captivated by his dad and some of Chicago's most celebrated jazz musicians as they interpreted and articulated many jazz standards through their own musical talents. In his own words, "It was mesmerizing!"

Artist Statement

"Artistic expression is an extraordinary gift that I consider a privilege and a blessing. To have the capacity to communicate my unique perspective and cause others to appreciate the great expanse of life and living is simply astounding. As the world grows smaller, my images will serve to introduce all to the beauty and diversity of our global neighbors."

Exhibits & Awards

2017

Black Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Elmhurst Art Guild, Winter Juried Exhibit,  Elmhurst, IL

Asia the Exhibit, solo show sponsored by Northerstern Mutua, Addington Gallery, Chicago

Creek Gallery 6th Annual Show, Crystal Lake, Illinois

DuSable Museum Art Festival, Chicago, Illinois

Dual show with Sergio Gomez, ACS Gallery, Inc. Zhou B Art Center  Chicago, Illinois



2016

Considering Creation Whitestone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June

Best of Best, Du Page Art League, Wheaton, IL, May

Solo Show, Globalisation, If These Walls Could Talk Gallery, Aurora, IL, April

Elmhurst Art Guild, Winter Juried Exhibit,  Elmhurst, IL, January 2016

Harlem Fine Art Show, Chicago


2015

Black Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Best Guess, Naperville Fine Art Center, Naperville, IL July - Theme Award for Smoked Fish

Mirage, Naperville Fine Art Center, Naperville, IL May - Merit Award for Surfing Solitude

Renewal, Naperville Fine Art Center, Naperville, IL April - Merit Award for Parisian Grafitti


2014

Evolve, Solo Exhibit, Naperville Art Gallery, Naperville, IL May

Genesis, Gallery Guichard, Chicago, June

Artstravaganza, Solo Exhibit, Gallery Garsot, Chicago, sponsored by Pepsi, August


2013

Black Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry ~ Awarded "Best of Fine Art Photography" for "Window to the Soul"

Evocative, Solo Exhibit, Addington Gallery, Chicago, April

Eclectic, Solo Exhibit, Space 1858, Chicago, sponsored by Pepsi, August

ArtCAN, to benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research, Atlanta, GA, "Serenity"


2012

"Culture", Gallery Guichard, Chicago 

Fine Art & Faith Exhibit, White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia ~ Received Hon. Mention

The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Rush Philanthropic Foundation


2011

Black Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and IndustryBlack Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and IndustryOpen Lens II Exhibition of Fine Photography, Joliet, IllinoisThe Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Rush Philanthropic Foundation


2010

Black Creativity Juried Exhibit, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry ~ "Best of Photography" for Serenity

White Stone Galleries, Philadelphia, Fine Art and Faith Juried Exhibit

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 99th Annual Juried Exhibit

The Common Bonds exhibition, DuSable Museum, Chicago

The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - Rush Philanthropic Foundation, Chicago


Memberships

Naperville Art League

Elmhurst Artists' Guild


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Supported Causes

The Joseph C. Monastra Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research’a ArtCAN 2013

Community Film Workshop of Chicago (Inner City Youth training in film)

Raise the Roof (Church roofing project,Yaounde, Cameroon)

Naperville Art League

The Musical Arts Institute (Inner City Youth Musical Arts Program)

Laura McDonnell Memorial (Brain Cancer research)







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