Nancy Rice

Adjunct Faculty


Entrepreneurial Studies
BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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.

Rice has been:

  • Adweek’s "Ad woman of the Year" runner-up
  • Esquire’s “Top Business and Industry Leader” (alongside Steve Jobs)
  • Named one of the One Club's and Adweek’s “10 Best Campaigns of the Decade” (her "Perception/Reality” campaign for Rolling Stone)
  • Included in British Design & Art Direction’s first book on art direction (among 28 of the worlds best art directors—only 6 Americans)
  • Inducted into the New York Art Directors Hall of Fame

She has received gold and silver awards from:

  • ANDY Awards
  • Art Directors Club
  • ATHENA Leadership Awards
  • CLIO Awards
  • Communication Arts
  • Graphis
  • Print Casebooks
  • Print Regional Design Annual Awards
  • Society of Illustrators
  • The One Show

In addition to winning creative awards, Rice has also been a sought-after judge, speaker, and columnist for the advertising, graphic design, and education fields. Rice was also honored with a one-woman show at the Herb Lubalin Gallery at Cooper Union in New York.

Rice is an MCAD board member and trustee, and she has been a commencement speaker representing 100 years of MCAD alumni as well as a featured speaker in MCAD’s 125 Anniversary documentary.