Nancy Rice | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Nancy Rice

Portrait of Nancy Rice


Adjunct Faculty
Areas of Study
Graphic 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 has been an MCAD Alumni Board member, is an MCAD board member and trustee, commencement speaker representing 100 years of MCAD alumni, and featured speaker in MCAD’s 125 Anniversary documentary.