Nancy 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. Ring is also a former pastry chef who supported her painting career for several years in Manhattan’s Michelin starred restaurants. She chronicled some of these experiences in her critically acclaimed memoir, Walking On Walnuts, Bantam, 1996, filled with thirteen of her drawings.
In this interview Nancy Ring discusses her love for food and art and how her role as an artist in society is to provide healing through her work. As an intimist, Ring’s hopes that the pressing questions that she addresses in her artwork will start a dialogue and help change the perception of social norms.