Artist and researcher Nina Elder creates projects that reveal humanity’s dependence on and interruption of the natural world. With a focus on changing cultures and ecologies, Nina advocates for collaboration, fostering relationships between institutions, artists, scientists and diverse communities. Her work takes many forms, including drawings, performative lectures, pedagogy and critical writing, long term community-based projects, and public art.
Recent solo exhibitions of Nina’s work have been organized by SITE Santa Fe, Indianapolis Contemporary, and university museums across the US. Her work has been featured in Art in America, VICE Magazine, and on PBS; her writing has been published in American Scientist and Edge EffectsJournal. Nina’s research has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, theRauschenberg Foundation award for Arts & Activism, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Nina is an affiliate artist of theNational Performance Network. She has recently held research positions at theCenter for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, the Anchorage Museum, and the Art and Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.