Nancy Kriplen

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Kriplen, Nancy

"Stretching - professionally and personally - is what Creative Renewal Fellowships allow us to do. It was the Creative Renewal philosophy that pushed me into thinking in new directions."

Nancy traveled to Venice to research the life and work of Italian artist Mariano Fortuny with the goal of writing a biography. During her stay in Venice, she quickly discovered that two extensive books about Fortuny already existed. "In my opinion, the world did not need another regular biography of Fortuny." Having written several biographies, Nancy yearned to find a different way to present Fourtuny's life. Her renewal experience transformed into research for a new work entitled Cinque Fortuny: Five Stories about People Who Bought, Wore and Otherwise Obsessed About the Fabrics and Gowns of Venetian Designer Mariano Fortuny.

Nancy's Creative Renewal Fellowship also included travel to New York City where she interviewed the current owners of Fortuny Inc, conducted additional research at the New York Public Library's Arts Division and at the library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and interviewed a curator at the City Museum of New York who once worked for a leading collector of Fortuny gowns. Nancy also traveled to Boston, where she was a panelist at the inaugural conference of Biographers International.


  • Most recent biography, The Eccentric Billionaire, named as one of the year’s best business books by USA Today
  • Panel presenter, inaugural 2010 conference, Biographers International
  • Recipient, Ragdale Artist Fellowship, Lake Forest, Ill.
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