Nancy Rice is one of the legends of advertising, having held senior creative management posts with the likes of Knox Reeves, Bozell & Jacobs Mpls., DDB Needham Chicago, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, BBDO Mpls., and Rice & Rice. In 1981, she was a founding partner in Fallon McElligott Rice, which, within three years of its founding, was named "Agency of the Year" by Ad Age. While there, Rice was named first runner up for "Ad woman of the Year" by Ad Week.
In 1986, she was named "Art Director of the Year" by the Hall of Fame Committee of the New York Art Director's Club. That year, she was also featured in the Esquire Register as one of the "Men and Women Under 40 Who are Changing the Nation." In 1989, her "Perception/Reality" campaign for Rolling Stone magazine was chosen as one of the 10 Best Campaigns of the Decade by both the One Club and by Adweek. In 1997, she was showcased by British Design and Art Direction in The Art Direction Book, featuring 28 of the world's best art directors (only 6 from the USA).
In addition to winning creative awards, Ms Rice has also been a sought-after judge, speaker and columnist for the advertising industry, the graphic design field and education. She has been a Trustee for two terms for her alma mater, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she was a commencement speaker representing 100 years of MCAD alumni. Rice was also honored with a one-woman show in New York at the Herb Lubalin Gallery at Cooper Union. In 2001, Nancy's dedication to education and the future of the communications industry led Nancy full-circle to her position as Worldwide Creative Director of Miami Ad School and Director of Miami Ad School Minneapolis. While there, her mission was to assure the quality level of teachers, students, and their work worldwide. Nancy continues to teach now as full-time faculty at her alma-mater, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. There also she focuses her efforts on the restructuring of MCAD's undergraduate Advertising Degree Program as the Program's Coordinator. She also continues to mentor her many students world-wide, and to be involved in creating new experiences in curriculum, continuing her commitment to the future of the industry.
In 2006, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the New York Art Director's Club. Nancy is a single parent and grandmother, proud mother of two 30-year old daughters, both artists.