Nan Montgomery lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area. After attending the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts where she majored in printmaking, she transferred to and graduated from the Yale University School of Art where she majored in painting with Josef Albers. 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 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.