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Nancy Azara Quoted in 'It's hurting everyone': the truth about sexual misconduct in the art world, by Nadja Sayej The Guardian, Oct. 31, 2017

But beyond the hashtag flurry on social media, there are organizations working to help women in the art world, and always have. Nancy Azara, who is a board member at the New York Feminist Art Institute, says misogyny is everywhere. "In creative fields, it is all dressed up in glamour and fame, but it's the same 'big man' and 'little woman' theme,' said Azara. "The idea that a man can use a woman this way is prevalent in our culture. In fact, it translates as 'smart and shrewd'" She explains with an example: once upon a time, men held the keys to creative genius and women were considered their 'supporters'. "Vestiges of that belief abound, often having an affair with 'him' was presented as a transfer of genius and privilege," said Azara link to full article

Collaboration with VanDeb Editions - Golden Treasures series of monotypes,
Leaf Acquatints and Etchings


Studio Visit, MoMA PS1 - Recent Work from Nancy Azara's Studio

Nancy Azara interviewed by Ronnie Eldridge on Eldridge & Co, CUNY TV

Nancy Azara, Artist Talk
The Women in the Arts Foundation
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 Eighth Ave. (btwn. 36th & 37th Streets)
New York, NY
Wednesday September 13th at 7pm
Artist Talk


Through the Asya Geisberg Gallery
For more info. click link.

(RE)PRESENT: Feminism(s) + Art - April 27, 2018
6-8pm at Soho20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



Hand/Made: The Digital Age and The Industrial Revolution
Curated by Nancy Azara with consultants Katie Cercone and Emily Harris
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
September 4 - October 18, 2015
Panel Talk with Nancy Azara, Katie Cercone and Emily Harris, Sat. Sept. 5, 3-4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5, 4-6pm

Artists include: Karen Azoulay, Jude Broughan, Katie Cercone, Alex Chowaniec, Coco Dolle, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Emily Harris, Maria Hupfield, Molly Lowe, Jason Lujan, Colin McMullan, Erica Magrey, Diane Meyer, Benjamin Phelan, Kara Rooney, Tarragon Smith, and Jonathan Taylor.

Recovering a Lost Cultural Herstory 1969-1982: NYC Feminist Artists Speak Out
Organized by Nancy Azara, Marjorie Kramer and Kay Turner

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street (corner of Columbus Ave.)
Room: Plaza South Lounge
When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 4-6pm (followed by a reception)
Public Transportation: Subway A, B, C, D trains 59 Street/ Columbus Circle)

From 1969 to 1979 many women artists and art professionals in NYC were members of Consciousness Raising (CR) groups, informal feminist collectives that met weekly to discuss art and life and to organize demonstrations protesting the exclusion of women's work from both art galleries and museums as well as more general issues of feminist concern at the time. Artist groups in NYC were part of a larger movement of CR groups which were then active across the country in the 1970s. The format for the Speak Out will be centered on encouraging as much audience participation as possible. Nancy, Kay and Marjorie will lead with "speak outs" on their personal experience in the 70s, each talking for approximately 5 minutes and invite the audience to "speak out".

The Language of Art is Still Defined by Men, by Nancy Azara, The Brooklyn Rail, Sept. 2014
"Gender roles are ingrained in all of us. From the time we are born we are all "stamped" by our sex. Thousands of years of oppression will not change easily or quickly. Sometimes we lose perspective and expect change now . . . " link to article


TERRA: noun: earth, land
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
October 20 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21st, 4-6pm


Passage of the Ghost Ship: Trees and Vines
The Picture Gallery at The Saint-Gaudens Memorial
139 St Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745
July 22 - September 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22nd
Solo Exhibition

Photo: Darla Bjork

Conversations from the Garden
The ARTBAR Gallery
674 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
May 31 - June 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3rd
4 Person Exhibition

Works on Paper
The Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo at NYU

24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
January 23 - February 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Monday, January 23, 6pm

On Knowing Unknowing: A Material Narrative
Curated by Zahar Vaks
Ortega y Gasset Projects
363 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
October 1 - 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 6-9pm

Nancy Azara paints, carves, traces, cuts and moves around her materials in a way that negotiates raw instinct with thoughtful deliberation with a very specific and intricate thinking. The work embodies serious play. Surface is super rough yet delicate. There is a definite sense of knowing the materials yet the forms and imagery continue to unravel into the unknown. Zahar Vaks

The Perennial II: Extra-Terrestrial
Curated by Karen Azoulay
The Grecian Shelter
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
August, 2016

So Much, So Little, All at Once
Organized by Yevgeniya Baras
Regina Rex
221 Madison Street, NYC 10002
April 16 - May 22, 2016

Tuscan Spring: Rubbings, Scrolls and Other Works
Curated by Harry J Weil
A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
January 7 - February 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7th, 6-8pm

Process/Progress: Sculptural Transformation
Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Maxwell Library, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, MA
August 10 - October 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 7th, 4-6pm

Allegory of Leaves, (3 person show), curated by Midori Yoshimoto
The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
October 22 - December 2, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22nd, 4:30-7:30pm

Shifting Ecologies II, curated by Marianne Van Lent
The Athens Cultural Center
24 Second St., Athens, NY
August 8 - September 6, 2015

I am the vine, you are the branches a site specific installation of sculpture and mixed media
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church
157 Montague Street (corner of Clinton), Brooklyn Heights
February 18 - April 3, 2015

The Knotted
Pseudo Empire,
467 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (entrance on Cypress)
Nov 22 - Dec 14, 2014

Milk & Night
Gallery SENSEI
, 278 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, NYC, NY 10002; Sept. 5 - 21, 2014

Femfolio print show
Scripps College
, Claremont, CA, 91711, August 30- October 19, 2014

Small Works
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave., Staten Island, NY; Jan. 11 - Mar. 29, 2014

Filtered: What Does Love Look Like?
Friesen Gallery, 320 First Ave. N. Ketchum, ID; Feb. 3rd - Mar. 9, 2014

Asya Geisberg Gallery; 537 B West 23rd Street, NYC; Sept 12th - Oct 19th, 2013

Natura Viva: Flora, Fauna and Us

Art Current
, Provincetown, MA; May 30th - June 16th, 2013

Of Leaves and Vines . . . A Shifting Braid of Lines
SACI Gallery
, Florence, Italy; February 14 - March 10, 2013

Featured artist in Manhattan Arts International (Winter, 2012)
Celebrate the Healing Power of Art

College Art Association (CAA) February 22-25, 2012 in Los Angeles
Nancy Azara and Katie Cercone will be speaking about (RE)PRESENT: An Ongoing Intergenerational Collaboration as part of the panel Necessary Positions: Intergenerational collaboration in feminist art and activismmoderated by Maria Elena Buszeck.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2:30-5pm


Pictured and panelists: Necessary Positions: Intergenerational collaboration in feminist art and activism: Maria Elena Buszeck (moderator), Nancy Azara and Katie Cercone, Margaret Cuonzo and Liz Rudey, Joanne Heath, Xenobia Bailey, Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers.





Reflections: We are the Mirror
Workshop with Nancy Azara at her studio in Woodstock, NY
Saturday, July 23, 2016 10-5pm
We are the mirror as well as the face in it. Rumi, Sufi Poet, 13th Century
This workshop metaphorically brings us to view a reflection of ourselves and examine the different aspects of that reflection through meditation and artmaking as we explore this concept. Participants will make collages and drawings using various materials such watercolor, pencil, crayon, etc.

Fragments/ Working Toward the Whole
Workshop with Nancy Azara at her studio in Woodstock, NY
Saturday, July 11, 2015 10-5pm
So much of our lives are lived fragments, parts, sections. This workshop, using meditation and art making, will identify and examine these aspects of our life, explore the connections, and make art from them.

Eighth International Encaustic Conference
The Provincetown Inn, 1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Sunday, June 8, 1:30-3:00pm (Jun 6-8) 2014
I will be speaking on "Panel 2: Who Says a Commercial gallery is the Only Place to Show?"
To register: encausticconference.blogspot.com

Second Act: Behind the Scenes Series
Workshop with Nancy Azara at her studio in Woodstock, NY
Saturday, July 26, 2014 10-5pm
Examining the different influences and thoughts of a second act as they open to new ideas and options in our art and our life . . . The second act is often our second chance. We come to it with a keener observation, easier understanding, and better perspective. In this workshop, using meditation and art making, participants will make collages and drawings using various materials such as watercolor, pencil, crayon, etc.

I also offer group workshops that combine artmaking with meditation and discussion. For more information contact me at nancy@nancyazara.com, (212) 925-5777
Selected past workshops are listed below.

Behind the Scenes Workshop
(Nancy's Upstate NY Studio), Woodstock, NY
Using discussion and meditation with art making, this workshop will go "Behind the Scenes," examining our ideas, thoughts and plans as they involve ourselves, our art and our life. Participants will make collages and drawings using various materials such as watercolor, pencil, crayon, etc.

Chakra Workshop

(Nancy’s NYC Studio) Franklin St, Tribeca

Spirit Workshop: An Ongoing Series

(Nancy’s NYC Studio) Franklin St, Tribeca

Mapping the Body, Reading Body Images
Using our intuition to translate the spiritual and psychic side of our bodies into understanding how it manifests into our physical being.

Visual Journaling Workshop

This workshop focuses on visual expression instead of a written language diary.
Using pigment sticks as the medium (with other materials of your choice) and examining our day to day experience, you discuss and record a specific time in your lives, choosing an important moment as a metaphor for your life in general. This is an opportunity to work with a founder of the legendary Feminist Art Institute in New York City, who is a celebrated sculptor and author of Artmaking as a Spiritual Practice.

Nancy Azara is a sculptor whose work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art In America, Art Forum, and Sculpture Magazine, and has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. She is a recipient of the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, the Susan B. Anthony Award, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship and most recently, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Umbria, Italy. She is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, (Red Wheel Weiser).


Nancy Azara is available for workshops and classes. She specializes in using guided meditations with art making and has taught at institutions such as the Open Center, the Esalen Institute and various universities such as the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota. She also does private sessions on art and creativity.

For more information, call Nancy at 917-572-7461.

"(RE)PRESENT: Feminism(s) and Art"
Intergenerational Dialogue

Martha Wilson, THUMP, Courtesy of Martha Wilson and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York.

A Feminist Dialogue Across Generations

Soho20 Gallery
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 366-3661

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6 - 8pm

Feminist Practice
Many people in today's society identify as feminists but we often don't verbalize HOW we're feminists. For this meeting, we will talk about feminism as a practice and how it manifests in daily life with personal stories and anecdotes.

Come and join our discussion.

(RE)PRESENT 2018, what do we want from Feminism and how can we achieve it? Continuing in the tradition of the New York Feminist Art Institute, NYFAI (1979-1990) www.nyfai.org. An event of The Feminist Art Project. Everyone is welcome.

For more information and upcoming events visit

Past REPRESENT Topics:

REPRESENT: ‘Collaboration’ is a part of the history of women’s art (quilting etc.) as well as the women’s art movement from the 1970’s. However many artists cherish the experience of isolation in their process. How relevant is collaboration/isolation to your artmaking process and how does this influence your work? Friday May 20, 2011 6-8pm

REPRESENT: In ‘The Age of Plurality in Art’ what styles of work as well as what ways of approaching exhibition space and the role of the artmaker stand out as most meaningful? How do these observations relate to or problematize your own work? Friday March 25, 2011 6-8pm

REPRESENT: ‘Spiritual’ Artists such as Richard Tuttle, Ann Hamilton and others are speaking about the influence of the spiritual in their work (Columbia University, Reconfiguring the Spiritual, 2010, 2011). This subject has been both an ancient and contemporary one from such diverse artists as the Egyptians to the Renaissance to the Abstract Expressionists such as Adolph Gottlieb, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Joseph Beuys, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney and many others. Friday January 21, 2011 6-8pm

REPRESENT: ‘Slide Show’ Artists will present 2 images of their work. After, we will discuss reoccurring themes and interests that we see. Friday November 19, 2010 6-8pm

REPRESENT: MENTOR /'men, tôr, -ter/ an experienced and trusted adviser. (OED)Who have the mentors been - past and present - in your life and how have they helped or advised you in your work? Please come with a story to share. How did you find this person(s) and how did your relationship develop? Friday, Sept 24th, 2010 from 6 – 8 pm


Visit nyfai.org (New York Feminist Art Institute)

  • Brooklyn Museum
    Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base

    Nancy Azara

  • Visit the New York Feminist Art Institute online at nyfai.org

    "Our Journey to The New York Feminist Art Institute", by Nancy Azara and Darla Bjork, Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program and the Collective Visions of Women Artists , edited by Jill Fields, Ph.D., For a link to this recent publication, click here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415887694/

  • Featured Artist, March 2012, Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) Online Newsletter
    "The Flowering of the Fig Tree"
    When I was born in 1939 in St. Bernadette's Parish in Brooklyn, I was supposed to be a boy and my name was to be Nicholas . . . click here for more.

  • Nancy Azara's Wikipedia Page