Nancy Noel is an American artist based in Zionsville, Indiana. Her paintings hang in the homes of many notable people, including Oprah Winfrey, Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert Redford and Jane Seymour. Nancy Noel holds a fine arts degree from Mount Saint Joseph College in Cincinnati. When first starting out in the business, she went by the name N.A. Noel because she wanted people to think she was a man as male artists were more respected in the art world at the time In 1970, she opened her first art gallery in Broad Ripple Village and went looking for a publisher to make prints of her work shortly thereafter. Unable to find one, she started publishing her prints herself. Since, she has sold over a million prints and thousands of originals. In 2005, Noel purchased an old Victorian church on Main Street in Zionsville, and renovated it into an art gallery that holds her full collection of work. Nancy Noel is also a committed philanthropist. Most notably, she sponsors a preschool in Inbuto, Kenya that is named after her.