Nan Rainey

  • B.A., fine art, The College of William and Mary, 1977
  • M.F.A., sculpture with drawing minor, Pratt Institute, 1983

"During my first teaching experience I was surprised to realize how much inspiration I received from students while helping them learn to explore and grow with creative processes. The sparkle of growth in a student's eye is a beautiful and powerful force. All teachers strive to ignite this sparkle. Helping students explore new possibilities, discover new potential, expand their understanding, knowledge, skill and, most importantly, personal confidence is one of the most rewarding things one can do in life. After almost twenty years of teaching, the inspiration students give remains as fulfilling today as it was in the beginning."

Nan Rainey | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Ford Foundation Grant


College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

Previous Positions

Instructor, assistant professor the College of William and Mary, the University of Wisconsin, the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Southern Maine; freelance design, New York City, New York

Publications and presentations


  • Forum on Creativity, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Sunday Lecture Series, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.
  • Understanding Creativity, National Public Radio, New York City, New York.


  • "A Looking Glass on the Way We Might Live" The New York Times, Sunday, June 12 by William Zimmer.
  • Published a review in Flash Art International, summer, 1996, pages 132-33: a solo painting exhibition titled "Jim Sajovic" at Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Published a review in Flash Art International, January/February, 1997, page 96: a group photography exhibition titled "Delirium" at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City, New York.