Nancy Brett is a visual artist from Detroit, currently living and working in NYC.  She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University.  She has received grants and fellowships from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and six Residency Fellowships from Yaddo, among others.  Ms. Brett's work is represented in many private and public collections that include The Library of Congress, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and The National Gallery in Washington, DC., among many others. 
Brett uses painting, drawing, and weaving to explore the intricate relationship of handwriting, language, and meaning. She examines how thinking is translated into words and symbols and reflects memory and impermanence. 
Her work is based on personal experience and references to cloth-making and text from ancient to present times, across civilizations, and around the world are apparent. Her text consists of extinct alphabets, invented hieroglyphs and personal iconography.