Nan Montgomery lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood in rural Vermont and New Hampshire. After attending the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts where she majored in printmaking, she transferred to the Yale University School of Art where she majored in painting with Josef Albers. She graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Moving to the Washington area, she attended the Corcoran School of Art. In the fall of 2003, she attended the Julia & David White Artists Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.
Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Watkins Collection of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, the Washington Post, the Artery Organization, the American Federation of Teachers, the Washington Convention Center, as well as in private collections. Committed to abstraction and purity of form, her work is unified in the dichotomies of natural and material, restriction and freedom, hard edge and soft, all consistent with her personal history.