Laura Nova is a New York-based artist born in Fort Knox, KY. Nova produces public and social engagement projects that explore the dynamics of human interaction using consumption, cardio, and comedy. Nova provides expansive tools to collaborate with communities that are often underserved and overlooked by mainstream media. Exercising story telling, subjective and collective memory, and physical movement, public participation merges into performance and edges into everyday life.
Projects include The Crescendo Project; On the Spot; and Moving stories; a senior led walking tour. Nova’s solo exhibitions include Feed Me a Story, First Street Green Art Park in NYC (NEA supported), 2014; The Story of the Kitchen God, Children’s Museum of the Arts, NY (2014); Test Kitchen, LMCC’s LentSpace, Hudson Square, NY (2013); The Pot Luck Club, LaGuardia Senior Center, NY (2013), The Last Supper, First Saturday (June), Brooklyn Museum (2012), and The Soup Doctor, Eldridge Street Museum, New York (2012). Group exhibitions include The Imaginary App, Museum London, Ontario, Canada (2013); Ideas City Festival, New Museum, NY (2013); and ENACT, Boston, MA (2013).
Nova’s residencies and awards include National Endowment for the Arts – Arts In Media Grant, Women Make Movies, NY (2012-13); Artist-In-Residence at Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, NY (2012); and PBS/POV Hackathon, Brooklyn, NY (2012, 2013). Nova is the recipient of LMCC’s Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts (2016). Her work has been published in Feet in 2 Worlds (2012), DNAinfo.com (2012), New York Magazine (2012), and Downtown Express (2012). Nova was a research associate and a Rotary Scholar at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK (2001-2002). She received her B.F.A. from Cornell University (1991-1996) and her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Jacob Javits Fellow (1998-2001).
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