Nan Ring 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, Castle Hill, MASS, I-Park Foundation, 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, and The Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited at The Painting Center, New York, N.Y., 14C Art Fair, Jersey City, N.J., The Visual Arts Center, Summit NJ, winning an honorable mention in painting in their 25th Silver Anniversary Juried Exhibit, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, 73 See Gallery, Montclair, NJ, Crane Arts Center, PA, 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 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.
Ring 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.
Ring 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. A transplanted Manhattanite, she lives in northern New Jersey and is the proud mother of a twenty-three-year-old son, a musician based in Memphis.