Nian, originally form China, holds a Master’s degree in Art Education
from Pittsburg State University, Kansas. Over the past 20 years, she
has been teaching art lessons for children in spring and fall seasons,
and art camps in summers. Her skills-based and creative teaching method
has helped many children discover the fun of drawing, building self-esteem
through diligent practice, and helping each individual discover their
Ms. Nian is a signature artist of the International Society of Acrylic
Painters (ISAP) and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society
(NOAPS). Her paintings appear in international and national art exhibitions,
winning awards at local, state, and national shows, Her works have been
featured in American Artist Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, Dialogue:
An Art Journal, and in numerous local and Chinese newspaper and magazines,
as well as cover art for books, music CDs, and posters produced by Stanford
University and others.
is married to a music professor at the University of Illinois and they
have two children.