Nancy Matthews, a native of New Jersey, has spent most of her adult life abroad, first accompanying her husband, a senior Foreign Service Officer, to posts abroad in Europe, Latin American, Asia and the Middle East.

She subsequently joined Meridian International Center in Washington D.C. a non profit educational and cultural exchange institution, where she served as Vice President for the Arts.  In that capacity she organized and curated many international art exhibitions (includlng those from Vietnam, South Africa, Israel, Iran and China} which toured the United States extensively, as well as exhibitions of American art for travel abroad.

In collaboration with Chinese curators and museum officials, she organized Ancient Threads, Newly Woven, an exhibition on the contemporary art of the Chinese Silk Road.  In doing so, the group made several extensive trips to the area.

Ms. Matthews, a graduate of Connecticut College, relocated to Missoula, Montana upon her retirement, where she is active in many local cultural organizations.