Nan Freeman was born in Houston Texas in 1944; she studied at Smith College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MA), Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD.) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Her art work has been shown extensively in the US including major museum solo exhibitions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gibson House Museum, and internationally in many venues, with solo shows in Vienna, Istanbul, Manama Bahrain, and Hofsos Iceland. In 2005 she completed her Bridge of Hope, a major permanent mural commission at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Freeman has been awarded two US Fulbright Fellowships, two Andrew Mellon Foundation grants, a Massachusetts Council Grant, and numerous faculty grants from Harvard University, Wellesley College, and the Museum School . Internationally she has received grants from the Governments of Spain and Bahrain, and from the BAER Art Centre in Iceland.
Her current teaching appointment is at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where she is Director of the Post Baccalaureate Program, a graduate level studio program in visual arts.
In addition to her art work, Freeman speaks and writes extensively on art and cultural topics.