Nancy Nowacek, Manuever, 2018, Photo by Scott Lynch



Nancy Nowacek (b. Michigan in 1972; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) received her BFA from the University of Michigan in 1994 and two MFAs from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and California College of Art in 2011. Her projects are often participatory, site-specific, and in public space, involving the collaboration to create a sense of belonging and agency in order to counteract the alienation of the current capitalistic society.

Nowacek’s works have be presented in solo exhibitions in Industry City, Brooklyn, NY (2016) and San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (2012). She has also participated in many group exhibitions, for example, We Have Always Lived in the Future, Flux Factory, Queens, NY, (2017), Door-to-Door, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada (2012), New York Armory Show (2003), and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Biennial, New York, NY (1998) among others. She has an upcoming show with the Freshkills Field R/Dart-research project in September 2018.



Instagram:  @nancy9000



Nowacek spoke about her project for our audio tour of The Socrates Annual 2018 exhibition, available on the app Otocast (available for free download for iPhone and Android).

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Nowacek spoke about her project with Director of Exhibitions Jess Wilcox on Facebook.


1. On November 3, 2019, Nowacek invites the public to participate in reconfiguring her sculpture as part of her #ResilienceTraining program>

Nowacek and volunteers, Photo by Sara Morgan

2. As part of the exhibition Closing Party on March 24, 2019, Nowacek invites the public to a participatory de-installation of her piece Manuever. Learn More>