Nancy Friese's landscapes reflect nature's forms using colors, lights, textures and spaces from a chosen view and a specific place. Friese's paintings and prints have been exhibited in 30 solo shows and 170 group shows, nationally and internationally. The recipient of several prestigious competitions and awards, Friese was elected to the National Academy (Museum and School in New York City) and received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, including the Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship. She was granted a Lila Acheson Wallace Giverny Fellowship, a Blanche E. Colman Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation funding and a George Sugarman Foundation Grant for painting. Artist's Resource Trust (A.R.T.) funded her exhibition and residency at Trustman Gallery.
Friese's artworks have been exhibited in many countries and throughout the United States. She has shown work at the Barbican Center, London; Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark; Tokyo's Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan; Bronx River Art Center, International Center of Print New York, The New York Public Library and Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, New York; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York; College of Wooster Art Museum, Ohio; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; and the RISD Museum of Art, Providence. Her works are in 50 corporate and museum collections and over a hundred private collections including the Museum of Fine arts, Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum UCLA, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum.
Friese has been a part of a range of special artistic communities. She had a residency in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Studioscape Program in the World Trade Center Tower One on the 91st floor until 9/11/01 and in its New Views: DUMBO Program. She has been an artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, I-Park Enclave, the Center for Contemporary Print, and the Museum and City of Pont-Aven Residency Program in Brittany, France. She was an artist-in- residence with Westerly Land Trust in Rhode Island and Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, New York.
Nancy Friese received an M.F.A. in printmaking from Yale University School of Art and studied in the graduate painting program at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied painting and printmaking at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and was a recipient of a Yale University Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk fellowship. She has a B.S. from the University of North Dakota. Her paintings and prints are represented by Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence. A member of ArtTable, she resides in Rhode Island and North Dakota and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.