Nancy Rice is an advertising legend, having held senior creative management posts with the likes of Knox Reeves, Bozell & Jacobs Minneapolis, DDB Needham Chicago, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, BBDO Minneapolis, 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 Advertising Age. While there, Rice was named first runner up for "Ad woman of the Year" by Adweek. In 1986, Esquire magazine selected Rice as its Business & Industry winner in the 1986 Esquire Register alongside Steve Jobs.
In 1989, her "Perception/Reality" campaign for Rolling Stone magazine was chosen as one of the "10 Best Campaigns of the Decade" (the only print campaign chosen) by the One Club New York and by Adweek. In 1997, she was honored by British Design & Art Direction (D&AD) when they named her one of twenty-eight of the world's best art directors (only six of which were American) included in the Art Direction Book, their first book on art direction.
Rice has been 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, where her mission was to assure the quality level of teachers, students, and their work worldwide.
Her numerous awards include gold and silver medals in the One Show, the Clio Awards, the Andy Awards, the New York Art Directors Club, Print Casebooks, the Athena's (the Newspaper Advertising Bureau), GRAPHIS, the Society of Illustrator's Annual, the Print Regional Design Annual, and more. In 2006, Nancy was inducted into the New York Art Directors Hall of Fame.
In addition to winning creative awards, Rice has also been a sought-after judge, speaker, and columnist for the advertising industry, the graphic design field, and education. She has spent two terms as a trustee for her alma mater, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she was a commencement speaker representing 100 years of MCAD alumni. She is in her second term on the MCAD Alumni Board and was a featured speaker in MCAD’s 125 anniversary documentary in 2012.
In 2006, MCAD tapped Nancy to re-structure the undergrad degree program for advertising majors, to lead that program, and to teach full time. She continues to teach at MCAD as adjunct faculty in the entrepreneurial studies program, bringing local, national, and international clients into the classroom and the students to them. Most recently, her students have worked with the Scottish Tourism Board, the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, and the American Heart Association. She also continues to mentor her many students, graduates, and colleagues worldwide, and to be involved in creating new experiences in curriculum as her commitment to the future of the industry. In addition, Nancy is both a single, proud parent—with two 37-year old daughters, both artists, one an entrepreneur—and a grandmother.