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Institute for Electronic Arts welcomes resident artist Nancy Blum

Artist Nancy Blum
Artist Nancy Blum

Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum has been on the Alfred University campus as resident artist at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design.


Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum has been on the Alfred University campus as resident artist at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design.

Blum has taught and lectured at Alfred University in the past and is well known for her public art commissions, which include a recent suite of large-scale botanically themed mosaics for New York City’s Metropolitan transit Authority. Located at the historic 28th St. Station, the mosaics celebrate flowering plants that can be found in the nearby Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Perennial Collection.

Previous projects include the installation of monumental glass windows for San Francisco General Hospital; fifty hatch covers designed for the streets of Seattle and a sculptural installation for the city’s airport; and a 40‐foot freestanding sculpture in Philadelphia.

Blum’s drawings and sculptures have been represented in numerous exhibitions at galleries and other venues across the US such as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro; the International Print Center, New York; and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Her most recent solo show, Wonderland, appeared at the Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City.

Blum received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and has since become a widely sought-after visiting artist, critic, and lecturer at universities nationwide. Residencies have taken her, in addition to Alfred University, to Bowdoin College, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Ohio State University, Kansas City Art Institute, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Archie Bray Foundation, Hunter College, University of Michigan School of Art, and the Banff Centre for the Arts

Alfred University’s Institute for Electronic Art’s Experimental Projects Residency is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Schein-Joseph Endowment. Under COVID-19 protocols sadly any in-person engagements with students and IEA AIRs will not be possible.