Nanette Carolyn Carter was born in Columbus, Ohio. She spent most of her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey where she took her first art classes at the Montclair Museum of Art at the age of six—the beginning of a lifelong career in the arts.
Carter attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, where she majored in Studio Art and Art History before going abroad to study in Perugia, Italy in her junior year. After receiving her BA from Oberlin College, Carter studied at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, and received her MFA. Presently she is a tenured Associate Adjunct Professor.
Carter says her recent works, titled “Cantilevered,” suggest a cultural paradigm for the 21st century. “The works are anchored at one end while balancing a structure that extends horizontally. This becomes a metaphor for the balancing act of responsibilities that we confront daily as we try to keep up with several jobs, family, social media, technology, the news, lovers and friends. People are confronting sleepless nights, stress and a number of illnesses due to this economic and cultural dilemma. There is little time to be still, meditate or contemplate.”
Carter’s work is in numerous museum, corporate and private collections across the country. She has exhibited internationally with the most recent solo exhibition in Osaka, Japan, 2016. Over the years she has received numerous Grants, Residencies and Fellowships. Currently she is represented by galleries in New York City and Miami, Florida. She lives and works in New York City.