Bio

Biography

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LAURA NOVA is a multi-disciplinary artist using a combination of text, image, video, sound, sculpture, and performance to examine how language and technology mediate social interaction. Her work has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally, most notably the ICI exhibition Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art and Limited Run at Real Art Ways for which she received a National Performance Network Grant. She is a recent recipient of the Fund for Creative Communities and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, these funds were distributed by the LMCC to produce the public work The Crescendo Project. She participated in several artist residencies including the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of Art, the Henry Street Settlement, LMCC Workspace, Visual Studies Workshop, Vermont Studio Center and Governors Island Swing Space. She received her B.F.A. and B.A. in art and history from Cornell University and M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Jacob Javits Fellow. She lived and worked in London as a Rotary International Scholar and completed Associate Research at Goldsmiths College. Nova is an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in the Creative Art and Technology program at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, competing in marathons and triathlons. She currently lives and works on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Education:

2001 – 2002 Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, Research Associate, Rotary Scholar.

1998 – 2001 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, M.F.A., Jacob Javits Fellow.

1991 – 1996 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.F.A. and B.A., Distinction.

Selected Exhibitions:

2014

  • Soccer Mom, Faculty Office Gallery, CUNY at Lehman College, Bronx, NY.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Autumn Art Auction Exhibition, William Holman Gallery, NYC.
  • The Peoples Climate March “Warm Up,” La Casitaverde, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Feral Experimental Exhibition: New Design Thinking, The Imaginary App curated by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Svitlana Matviyenko, National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Australia Art & Design, Sydney.
  • AiOP: The Artifacts | Selected Ephemera and Objects from the last 10 years, Governors Island, Building 403, Colonel’s Row, NYC.
  • Kreplach Maker, Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival, Eldridge Street Museum, NYC.
  • *The Pot Luck Club, screening, Lu Lab at Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC.
  • *FABLES Public Art Project, FABnyc, First Street Green Art Park, New York, NY.
  • Re/Mixed Media Festival, The Imaginary App, The New School and CultureHub, NYC.
  • The Imaginary App (round 2) group exhibition at Artisphere, Arlington, VA.
  • ENACT, curated by Ann Torke and Nanette Yannuzzi, The Japan Media Arts Festival, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
  • *The Story of the Kitchen God, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY.
  • 2013

  • The Imaginary App, Curated by Paul D. Miller (a. k. a. DJ Spooky) and Svitlana Matviyenko, Museum London, Ontario, Canada.
  • *Test Kitchen, LentSpace, Hudson Square, New York, NY.
  • *The Pot Luck Club, Laguardia Senior Center, New York, NY.
  • Ideas City Festival, New Museum, New York, NY.
  • ENACT, http://enact-artinthemind.com, curated by Ann Torke and Nanette Yannuzzi, Boston, MA.
  • 2012

  • Locating The Sacred Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, New York, NY.
  • *Feed Me A Story, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monuments, NY.
  • Egg Cream and Egg Rolls, Eldridge Museum, New York, NY.
  • The Last Supper, First Saturday (June), Brooklyn Museum, NY.
  • *The Soup Doctor, Eldridge Museum, New York, NY.
  • 2011

  • Feed Me A Story, Museum of Chinese in American, New York, NY.
  • Feed Me A Story, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.
  • Eye Candy, presented by The Filmshop, the Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Feed Me A Story and Stretch and Roll, Governor’s Island Open Studio, NY.
  • Boundaries, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ.
  • 2010

  • Soft and Hard, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Drama for Life Sex ACTually festival, Goethe Institute, Joburg, South Africa.
  • *Limited Run, Step Up Solo Exhibition, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
  • 2009

  • Dramatic Pause, Art In Odd Places: Sign, 14th Street, New York, NY.
  • *The Crescendo Project, Public Commission, Riverside Park, New York, NY.
  • *Laura Nova, Solo Exhibition, Substation Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Wits School of the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Never Late Than Better, EFA Space, New York, NY.
  • 2008

  • One Minute Film and Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland.
  • Seriously, Funny, Art as political, social and cultural critique, Without Borders, Contemporary Art Festival, University of Maine, Orono, ME.
  • Kosher Film Festival, Sinai Temple, LA Jewish Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA.
  • The Downtown Dinner, LMCC Benefit Auction, NY.
  • 2007

  • Hanged, Drawn and Quartered, Peter Fingestin Gallery, Pace University, NY.
  • SELF 2.0, VertexList, Brooklyn, NY.
  • The Downtown Dinner, LMCC Benefit Auction, NY.
  • LMCC, Open Studios, 120 Broadway, New York, NY.
  • Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.
  • Renegades, Exit Art, New York, NY.
  • 2006

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
  • MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • RXArt Ball, Benefit Auction, New York, NY.
  • Wandering, Makor/92nd Street Y, New York, NY.
  • AIR Select, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY.
  • Neo-Sincerity, Apex Art Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 2005 – 2007

  • Situation Comedy, Independent Curators International, New York, NY.
  • 2005

  • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.
  • *Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY.
  • Siggraph, Los Angeles Convention Center, CA.
  • Prayingproject, Exit Art, New York, NY.
  • Studious, Dish Gallery, New York, NY.
  • AIR, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY.
  • Group Exhibition, Schaffler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
  • 2003

  • Artist-in-the-Market-Place, The Bronx Museum of Art, NY.
  • Urban and Suburban Stories, VTO Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2002

  • British Consulate Benefit Auction for Sloane-Kettering Hospital, NY.
  • Postgraduate Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, London, UK.
  • 2001

  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL.
  • 2000

  • Multiples, NFA Space, Chicago, IL.
  • Judging a book by its cover, The Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL.
  • Group Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL.
  • Earth Moving, Ground Breaking, Monk Parakeet, Chicago, IL.
  • 1999

  • Dusk, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA.
  • Group Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL.
  • Art Under Canvas, Encircling the Circus, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL.
  • 1998

  • The Artists of Arad: Celebrating Israel at 50, Mizel Museum, Denver, CO.
  • 1997

  • Arad Arts Project, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Arad Arts Project, Arta Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  • Arad Arts Project, Arad Museum, Israel.
  • 1996

  • Rising Stars, Chase/Freedman Gallery, West Hartford, CT.
  • Curatorial Projects:

    2013

  • Bloomfield Avenue Prize, Public Art Commission, Montclair Art Museum and Bloomfield College.
  • 2011

  • No Place, Saya Woolfalk, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College.
  • 2011

  • Boundaries, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College.
  • 2010

  • Immersive Subs, LoVid, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College.
  • 2006

  • Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Bloomfield College.
  • Residencies, Grants and Awards:

    2014

  • The Fund For Creative Communities, New York, NY.
  • Faculty Research Grant, Bloomfield College.
  • SPARC Residency, LaGuardia Senior Center, funded by DCA, LMCC and DFTA, NYC.
  • 2013

  • SPARC Residency, LaGuardia Senior Center, funded by DCA, LMCC and DFTA, NYC.
  • PBS/POV Hackathon 2, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Basic Finance for Artists, LMCC, New York, NY.
  • 2012 – 2013

  • Faculty Research Grant, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ.
  • National Endowment for the Arts – Arts In Media Grant, Women Make Movies.
  • 2012

  • Artist Summer Institute, LMCC and Creative Capital, New York, NY.
  • Artist-In-Residence at Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, NY.
  • PBS/POV Hackathon 1, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, New York, NY.
  • Sabbatical, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ.
  • 2011

  • Governor’s Island Artist Residency, LMCC Swing Space, New York, NY.
  • 2010

  • National Performance Network Artist Residency, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
  • Faculty Research Grant, Bloomfield College.
  • 2009

  • Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant.
  • The Fund For Creative Communities.
  • Visiting Artist, Wits School of the Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Program, Johnson, VT.
  • Artist-in-Residence, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.
  • 2008

  • Open Art Residency, Eretria, Greece.
  • 2008 – 2009

  • Faculty Research Grant, Bloomfield College.
  • 2007 – 2008

  • Faculty Research Grant, Bloomfield College.
  • 2006 – 2007

  • LMCC World Views Artist Residency.
  • 2006

  • Artist-in-Residence, Makor Center of the 92nd Street Y.
  • 2005

  • Met Life Artist-in-Residence, P.S. 42.
  • A.I.R. Workspace Program, The Henry Street Settlement.
  • 2003

  • Artist-in-the-Market-Place, The Bronx Museum of Art.
  • Nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.
  • 2001 – 2002

  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in London.
  • 1998 – 2001

  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
  • The School of the Art Institute Graduate Art Scholarship.
  • The Posey Foundation Graduate Art Scholarship.
  • 1997

  • Artist-in-Residence, Arad Arts Project, Arad, Israel.
  • Beit Nefesh/Soul Cage, Private Commission, Temed Park, The Negev, Israel.
  • 1996

  • Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal, thesis prize, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • Bibliography:

  • “POV Hackathon 2: View Eight Web Storytelling Prototypes,” Carroll, Shannon, Blog/POV Films, January 17th, 2013. http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/povdocs/2013/01/pov-hackathon-2-view-eight-web-storytelling-prototypes/7/#top
  • “POV Hackathon: Know Your Hackers, “Feed Me A Story”,” Chadha, Rahul, Blog/POV Films, August 8th, 2012. http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/povdocs/2012/08/pov-hackathon-know-your-hackers-feed-me-a-story/#.Usscc6UaVHg
  • “Feed Me a Story: Collecting America’s Culinary Heritage,” Mitchell, Justin, Feet in 2 Worlds, September 10, 2012. http://fi2w.org/2012/09/10/feed-me-a-story-collecting-americas-culinary-heritage/
  • “Ellis Island Resident Artists Draw Inspiration from Immigration,” Shapiro, Julie, DNAinfo.com, August 1, 2012. http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120801/financial-district/ellis-island-resident-artists-draw-inspiration-from-immigration
  • “Feed Me A Story at Ellis Island,” Milzoff, Rebecca, Grub Street, New York Magazine, July 25, 2012. http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/07/feed-me-a-story-ellis-island.html
  • “Resident artists reflect on family, food and history,” Kreuzer Terese Loeb, Downtown Express, July 11, 2012, New York, NY. http://www.downtownexpress.com/resident-artists-reflect-on-family-food-and-history/
  • “Museum at Eldridge Street: Kreplach and Hester Street,” Thew New York TImes, Spare Times for February 24 – March 1, 2012.
  • “Laura Nova – The Absurdity Of Endurance,” Jason Altobelli, Art Blog, September 15, 2011.
  • “Art In Odd Places: Sign, Exhibition Catalogue, Ed Woodham, Erin Donnelly, Radhika Subramanism, New York, NY, 2011.
  • “Limited Run,” Exhibition Catalogue, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2010.
  • “Limited Run is an Exercise in Interaction,” Roger Catlin, The Hartford Courant, May 20, 2010, p. 18.
  • “Heard on the Run,” Running Times, June 2010, p. 10.
  • “Riverside Park Runners Get a ‘Hallelujah,’” Bergen, Brigid, WNYC, September 26, 2009.
  • “2009 MCAF Grantee Laura Nova Presents Crescendo,” Around Town, LMCC.
  • “Openart Residency at the Island of Dreams,” Cheapart Gallery, Eretria, Greece, 2008.
  • “Lighten Up: ‘Situation Comedy’: Humor in Recent Art, Demuth, Gary, Salina Journal,Arts section: D1 – D3, January 26, 2007.
  • “Canvassing for Laugh,” “Thorson, Alice, Kansas City Star, Visual Arts section: F7, January 1, 2007.
  • “Late-night humor in Works of Art,” Anderson, Jack, Regina Leader-Post, Opinion section:A7, November 1, 2006.
  • “Mick Liked Us, You Should Too, Art Gallery Says,” CBC News, Entertainment Section, October 10, 2006.
  • “Exhibit Challenges Notion of Stuffy, Black-Clad Artist,” Roberts, Lorne, Free Press, Entertainment section: D3, August 3, 2006.
  • “Laughable Art,” Pauch-Nolin, Kristen, Upton, Arts Section: 19, June 29, 2006.
  • “Sight Gags: Winnipeg Art Gallery touring exhibition takes aim at the notion that art isn’t funny,” Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press, June 10, 2006.
  • “Winnipeg Art Gallery Exhibition Features Humor in Art,” , April 4, 2006.
  • “Art of Humor Shines Through ‘Situation Comedy,’ Hawkins, Margaret, Chicago Sun-Times, March 3, 2006.
  • “Neo Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic is a Single Letter,” Holland Carter, The New York Times, March 31, 2006.
  • “Artists Making Fun of Artists,” Jenn Zimmerman, The Columbia Chronicle, March 14, 2006.
  • “Manitoba: Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art,” Karlinsky, Amy, Galleries West, March 2006.
  • “What’s So Funny at the Cultural Center?,” Sondak, Justin, Chicagoist, Art/Comedy Section, February 17, 2006.
  • “Funny Ha Ha,” Michael Workman, Newcity Chicago, February 7, 2006.
  • “Artist Make Serious Points in ‘Situation Comedy’ Exhibition,” Davenport, Misha, Chicago Sun Times, Showcase section: 48, February 3, 2006.
  • “Everyone’s a Comedian,” Marcia Morse, Honolulu Weekly, November 9, 2005.
  • “Artistas y comediantes en el contemporary museum de Honolulu,” Lapiz 218, November, 2005.
  • “Situation Comedy,” Tema Celeste, News & Around section: 103, November 2005.
  • “Remember Laughter?,” Nadine Kam, Star Bulletin, Features section, September 14, 2005.
  • “Situation Comedy,” DR, Artforum, Preview section: 142, September 2005.
  • “Humor in Recent Art,” Art In America, Annual Guide Museum Preview section: 35, 2005.
  • “Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art,” Independent Curators International, New York, NY, 2005.
  • “Prayingproject,” DVD, Exit Art, New York, NY, 2005.
  • “Statements and Strategies: Young Artists Negotiate Their Entry Into the Gallery Scene,” Market Share, Karen Rosenberg, The Village Voice, August 22, 2003.
  • “A Mix of Works in the Bronx,” Ken Johnson, The New York Times, August 15, 2003.
  • “Art fragments from the big apple: Aim 23 The Bronx Museum of the Arts,” Brian Boucher, Flash Art International, n° 232 October 2003.
  • “Artist-in-the-Market-Place,” The Bronx Museum of Art, summer 2003.
  • “Goldsmiths 2002,” Exhibition Catalogue, Summer 2002.
  • “Dept.,” MFA Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Mary Jane Jacob, 2001.
  • “Judging the Book by Its Cover,” Exhibition Catalogue, Spertus Museum.
  • “On Location: Monk Parakeet,” Exhibition Catalogue, Spring 2000.
  • “Dusk at COCA,” K. Hess, The Daily, November 18, 1999.
  • “Dusk reveals somber theme with much wit,” Regina Hackett, What’s Happening, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Friday, November 5, 1999, p. 20.
  • “Dusk,” , December ‘99/January 2000, p.26.
  • “Avant-garde Reminders,” The Denver Post, Thursday, June 25, 1998, p. 5E.
  • “Arad Arts Project,” artifacts, Mizel Museum, Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring 1998, p. 2.
  • “Arad,” Maariv, May 28, 1997, p. 17.
  • “Arad Arts Project,” The Jerusalem Post, Friday, June 20, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 176, p. 6.
  • “Go Arty,” The Jerusalem Post, Friday, May 23, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 174, p.3.
  • “Arad Arts Project 1997,” Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Dr. Zefira Gitay, Art Historian, Ben Gurion University, Beer-sheva.
  • Lectures and Panels:

  • Artists Now! Peck School of Art, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, September 14, 2011.
  • Studio Visit, New York Semester on Contemporary Art, Drew University, December 3, 2010.
  • Faculty Talk, Laura Nova, Assistant Professor, Creative Art & Technology, Bloomfield College, September 15, 2010.
  • Walk & Talk, Series of discussions on “Limited Run,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2010.
  • Matinée screening of Chariots of Fire; post film discussion with Laura Nova connected to her installation “Limited Run,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. 2010.
  • “The Crescendo Project,” Bloomfield College Technology Showcase, 2010.
  • “The Crescendo Project,” Quantified Self Meetup at Tisch ITP, NYU, 2009.
  • Artist Talk, Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009.
  • Digital Soiree, Upgrade Event, Digital Arts, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009.
  • Diva Lecture, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009.
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, 2009
  • Siggraph Review Panel, Los Angeles, 2008
  • Undergraduate Spring Critique Panel, The School of Visual Arts, 2006.
  • Workshop, Using Technology in the Classroom, Dept. of Ed., The Guggenheim, 2006.
  • Visiting Artist, The College of New Jersey, 2003.
  • Scholar Lecture Series, Rotary Foundation, 2001-2002.
  • Applying for Grants, Panel Discussion, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2001.
  • Artist Talk, Arad Arts Project, Mizel Museum, Denver, Colorado, 1998.
  • Current Appointment:

  • Associate Professor, Creative Art & Technology, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ.
  • Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, College Art Association, New York, NY.
  • Harvestworks, New York, NY.
  • Member, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY.
  • Member, The New Museum, New York, NY.
  • Member, Rhizome, New York, NY.
  • Member, Self-Quantifiers, NYC Chapter.
  • Collections:

  • Various private collections in New York, Chicago, Germany and Israel.