Patricia Ann Pierce Nick was born on December 28, 1928, in Bedford, Massachusetts. She died on September 29, 2021, at the age of 92 at the Ivan Calderwood Homestead on Vinalhaven.

Pat was the wife of Don Nick, an architect for public works in New York City. Pat also attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and graduated as a graphic arts history major in 1958.

She would go on to work at M.I.T in publications, and the Ringling Museum of Art Education through the mid-60s before going on to the directorship of the Cedar Rapids Art Museum from 1965 to 1967. She was also the executive director of the New England Association of Museums and director of the International Graphic Arts Foundation.

In 1985, Pat became the founder and director of the Vinalhaven Press. The Press published over 80 editioned works, many of which were collected and exhibited in major museums throughout the world.

Pat was a dynamic person who knew how to make things happen. She was a mentor and friend to fledging artists, printers and printmakers.

Pat loved to travel and went all over the world “just to see it.” She also loved to party and entertain. Her porch on Lanes Island was a favorite place to view July 4th fireworks.

She was much loved and will be missed.

Predeceased by her parents; husband Don; sister Lori Pierce; nephew Ethan Adair; and niece Elizabeth Teal, she is survived by brother Robin Adair and wife Cheryl; sister Linda Pierce; nieces Tiffanie Conchola and husband Roman, Autumn Hwang and husband Chris; nephews Ian Adair and wife Julia, Hiram Adair, Owen Adair; and eight great-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vinalhaven Elder Care Services, P.O. Box 624, Vinalhaven, ME 04863 or online at

There will be a celebration of Pat’s life at a later date and will be announced.

To share a memory or condolence with Pat’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.