Nancy Mladenoff (b. 1957) was born into a family of miners and grew up in Hurley, Wisconsin, where the outdoors sparked a lifelong interest in nature. Mladenoff received a BS at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her work, Mladenoff melds the innocence of childhood and the wisdom of maturity into a subtle commentary on childhood, nature, and gender stereotypes. Her work has been influenced in part by artists Robert Smithson, Jan Dibbets, Barbara Kruger, Jennie Holtzer, and Vernon Fisher, and has found inspiration in children’s books from bygone eras. Mladenoff’s pieces have been featured in exhibitions at the Pack Schopf Gallery in Chicago; the International Forest Art Center in Darmstadt, Germany; the Cultural Exchange Station in Tabor, Czech Republic; Lademoen Kunstner Verkstedet in Trondheim, Norway; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museu de Arte de Brazil; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Transmission Gallery of Glasgow, Scotland. She teaches painting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.