Ring attended School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts from 1975 till 1976. Two years later she received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Nancy Ring has written a memoir called Walking on Walnuts in which she describes how she supported herself in New York City by waiting tables and later baking for fine restaurants in order to pursue her career as an artist.
In Walking on Walnuts, Ring’s account ranges from her work in restaurants to her creative process in the studio to her romance with another chef/artist. She also includes information about the folklore surrounding walnuts and some favorite family recipes, including her great-grandmother’s recipe for taiglach. Walking on Walnuts received mixed reviews.
Ring worked at the position of a guest lecturer and resident artist at Montalvo Arts Center in 1987. Next year she became an artist-in-residence at Zebra Art Gallery. That same year Ring was a guest lecturer and resident artist, as well, at Skidmore College. In 1989 she served as an artist-in-residence at Djerassi Foundation. From 1998 till 2004 she changed her working position to become a food history columnist, as well as a feature food article contributor to the newspaper New Jersey Star Ledger.
In 2004 Ring has started to serve as an art educator at Far Brook School.
She has began to serve as a Head Art Teacher at Seth Boyden School in 2014.
Ring is a member of the Foundation for Community Artists in New York.
Nancy married Eric Mark Kaplan in August, 1993.