A native of Minneapolis, Nancy graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1966 with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education. She also studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; the Cambridge Technical School in Cambridge, England; The Sanski Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ; and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Minnetonka, MN.
During the 1970s, Nancy was a corporate art director for Edmund Scientific Company.
While living in New Jersey, she also painted landscapes and historical commemorative art (in a style like the medieval manuscript illuminations). She exhibited in several shows and galleries. Then, for 23 years, she focused her energies on an award-winning career in graphic design and project/print management, often incorporating her architectural, technical and cartography illustrations into corporate projects.
Since 1980, she has operated her own marketing design and project management firm, NRC Graphics LLC, in Chatham, New York, and now in Minneapolis. In addition, Nancy is a published scenic and portrait photographer. A diagnosis of breast cancer in 2000 prompted Nancy to reexamine the direction of her business. “This significant health crisis, along with the encouragement of friends, helped me to refocus my career and pursue my passion in fine art with fervor. I had hoped for a calmer life due to my painting, but this additional career focus has made my life even more hectic.” Chakrin says.
In additon to painting, Nancy is serving as managing editor and book designer of The SignBridge Method: Communicating with Children in Multilingual Settings with American Sign Language. She is a member of the International Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, The Minnesota Independent Book Publishers, the Minnesota Publishers Roundtable, The Twin Cities Licensing Group, and Horizon 100:Twin Cities Women of Accomplishment.
Within the past few years, Nancy has painted prolifically, producing works for several solo and group shows. In addition, she exhibits in galleries, has been selected for juried art shows, has completed commissioned works including the Albany, New York 2004 Freihofer’s Run for Women’s 25th Anniversary Commemorative Poster, has published a line of notecards, and is pursuing licensing her fine-art landscapes on products.
Nancy comes from a family of artists. She is most grateful for the support of her uncle, William Saltzman, who was a renowned Upper Midwest painter, sculptor, stained glass artist and a former Macalester College Art Professor Emeritis. Nancy’s works are found in corporate and private collections internationally and her artworks are exhibited in several galleries, shops and healthcare environments in Minnesota and New York. Collector, Ruth Stricker Dayton of The Marsh writes, “ the story of Nancy’s recovery is compelling and speaks to the resilience of the human spirit.”