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Studio Visit with NANCY COHEN

All images: © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen

Curation by Varia Serova


Nancy Cohen's working on a new project in the Dieu Donne studio

Image: © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen


Nancy Cohen is interested in juxtaposition of fragility and strength in the context of human life and the environment. Cohen is known for her multidirectional practice, that incorporates her experimental works with hand-made paper and her sculptural installations, assembled of hand-made glass, cement, reformed found objects, metal and rubber. Nancy Cohen holds an MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 1984.

Nancy Cohen’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in important collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Newark Public Library, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and The Zimmerli Museum. She has completed numerous large-scale, site-specific projects including for Thomas Paine Park in lower Manhattan, The Staten Island Botanical Garden, The Noyes Museum of Art, The Katonah Museum of Art, and Howard University.

Recent solo exhibitions include Atlas of Impermanence at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Force: Observations from the Interior at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. Recent group exhibitions include: 2021 New Jersey Arts Annual: ReVision and Respond at The Newark Museum, The Other Glass: An Alternate History at Heller Gallery in New York City, Kin at Accola Griefen and Summation and Absence at BioBAT both in Brooklyn, NY, New Directions in Fiber Art at The Montclair Art Museum and Wake at Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City).

Her traveling installation Hackensack Dreaming was exhibited at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY, New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA and at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Raleigh, NC.

Nancy Cohen’s work has been reviewed in books and periodicals, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, ArtNews, and Sculpture Magazine. Current work has been featured in the blogs Romanov Grave, Artists and Climate Change, Art Spiel, The Coastal Post and Less than Half, in the anthologies the Body in Language edited by Edwin Torres and The Seeds of Creation: Artists During the 2020 Pandemic edited by Cosmina Ene. Podcast conversations with the artist include: ArtTable’s Artist Perspective Podcast and Helen Hiebert’s Paper Talk. In June 2021 Cohen was featured in the PBS series NJ State of the Arts. In 2022 she will have an NEA Studio Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop.

The artist's awards include five fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, two from the Brodsky Center, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and an ISE Cultural Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, Dieu Donne, Pilchuck Glass School, WheatonArts, Bullseye Glass, and The Tides Institute. Cohen received her MFA Columbia University and her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She currently teaches at Queens College.


Nancy Cohen's solo exhibition, prepared in collaboration with the show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and curated by Varia Serova, is opening at the online viewing room on September 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (UTC).


Four-part embrace, 2019, glass, 3 x 12 x 6 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Sketches for a Way Out, 2020, glass and wire, 19 x 24 x 7 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen


Fluid, 2019, glass, 10 x 16 x 3 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Turbid, 2019, glass, sand, metal and aqua resin, 10 x 8 x 4 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Carraige, 2020, glass, porcelain, wire and metal, 5 x 17 x 11 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Espiritu Santo, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 80 x 72 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Off at 13, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 98 x 74 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Tacking Home, 2019, paper pulp on handmade paper, 97 x 74 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Another Way Through, 2019, paper pulp on handmade paper, 80 x 90 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



The Meaning of Wings, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 82 x 69 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Salar de Uyuni, 2017, paper pulp on handmade paper, 86 x 60 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Fire Season, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 76 x 68 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Blue Storm of Our Anxieties, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 78 x 70 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Merge, 2018, paper pulp on handmade paper, 81 x 68 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Beneath the Surface, 2018, paper pulp on handmade paper, 84 x 74 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Lake Lines, 2020, paper pulp on handmade paper, 51 x 49 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Lake Lines [detail 1], 2020, glass, 34 x 56 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Lake Lines [detail 2], 2020, glass, 34 x 56 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen



Lake Lines, 2020, glass, 34 x 56 in. © Courtesy of Nancy Cohen