Nan Ring makes art about singular moments of life with an intentionally varied approach to address questions about uncertainty and transience.
Nan has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her fine art, such as the Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Fellowship Award in Painting, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/NEA Fellowship Award in Works on Paper, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Award in Drawing. She has been awarded artist-in-residence fellowships and studios at Brush Creek Foundation, WY, chaNorth, NY, Djerrassi, CA, the Montalvo Center for the Arts, CA, and The Vermont Studio Center, VT. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at The Visual Arts Center, Summit NJ, most recently in the 25th Silver Anniversary Juried Exhibit where she won an honorable mention in Painting, at The Drawing Center, New York, N.Y., The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, N.Y., Gallery Henoch, New York, N.Y., and P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, N.Y., among others. Her recent solo exhibition at the New Jersey Arts Incubator in West Orange, NJ, garnered an enthusiastic review from Dan Bischoff in the Star Ledger. Her work is included in prominent public collections such as Prudential Insurance, Coca Cola, Phillip Morris, and others.
Nan is also a former pastry chef who supported her painting career for several years in Manhattan’s two and three-star restaurants. She chronicled some of these experiences in her critically acclaimed memoir, Walking On Walnuts , Bantam, 1996, filled with thirteen of her drawings, (national media, regional bestseller.) On her book tour, she appeared on many television and radio shows and lectured at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
Nan earned her MFA in Painting from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., where she was nominated for the Robert Motherwell Foundation Dedalus Award in Painting, and is a graduate cum laude of Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts. Nan is the co-creator and artist for the blog,www.jellypress.com: Old recipes, Modern Life. A transplanted Manhattanite, she lives in northern New Jersey with her fifteen-year-old son.