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 Hambidge Center, GA, iPark, CT, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soaring Gardens, PA, Ucross Foundation and Brush Creek Foundation, both WY, chaNorth, NY, Djerrassi, CA, the Montalvo Center for the Arts, CA, Castle Hill, Truro, MASS, Millay Arts, NY, and The Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at The Painting Center, NYC, 14C Art Fair, NJ, Visual Arts Center, Summit NJ, winning an honorable mention in painting in their 25th Silver Anniversary Juried Exhibit, Drawing Rooms, NJ, 73 See Gallery, NJ, Crane Arts Center, PA, The Drawing Center, NYC, The Hudson River Museum, NY, Gallery Henoch, NYC, and P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, N.Y., among others. 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. She currently lives in northern New Jersey.