2018 M___, A Pop Up Shop, Downtown Brooklyn

2018 Fieldwork R&D, FreshKills Park, Staten Island

2017 Works On Water, 3LD, New York City (Co-curator & participating artist)

2017 Techond Sunday, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn

2017 We Have Always Lived in the Future, Flux Factory, Queens

2016 Artifacts and After Effects, Westbeth, New York City

2016 Works-In-Progress, Bronx River Arts, Bronx

2016 Easy Is Not A Concept (solo show), Industry City, Brooklyn

2015 FORUM 2015, Caracas, Venezuela

2015 Outside/In, South Street Seaport, New York City

2015 City of Water Day, Governors Island

2014 Off-The-Grid, Governors Island

2014 City of Water Day, Governors Island

2013 Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion, Brooklyn

2013 Idea City, New York

2013 Remembering is Everything, Alter Space, San Francisco

2013 Past Futures, Storefront for Art & Architecture

2012 Terra Incognita, Industry City, Brooklyn

2012 Door-to-Door, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada

2012 Now and Forever (solo show), San Jose State University, ZeroOne Biennial, San Jose

2012 …Is This Free? Nurture Art, Brooklyn

2012 Itinerant Performance Series, Queens, New York

2011 Elsewhere, Project Space One, Lincoln, Nebraska

2011 Broken City Lab, Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada

2011 Perfect Place, No Place Million Fishes Collective, San Francisco

2011 Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition, Oliver Gallery, San Francisco

2010 Radical Proposals, Oliver Gallery, San Francisco

2010 Art in Odd Places, 14th Street, New York City

2010 Commission, ZeroOne, Biennial of Art and Technology, San José

2010 Bureaucracy Now!, Parlour, San Francisco

2010 Post-Dramatic: A Night of Performance, Timken Hall, San Francisco

2010 Evening of Apathy, Studio for Urban Projects, San Francisco

2010 Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100 Center for Architecture, New York City

2009 Hacking Ikea, Platform 21, Amsterdam, NL

2009 Streetscape, S’Hertogenbosch, NL

2008 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

2006 Commission, ZeroOne Art & Technology biennial, San José

2004 PS2, Long Island City

2003 New York City Armory Show

1998 Cooper-Hewitt Design biennial


2018 Menopause: An Imperfect Guide and Pop Up Shop

2017 (Co-curator) Works On Water: New York City’s first Art Triennial dedicated to the water

2012-present Citizen Bridge, temporary public infrastructure

2016 Action Coding, an exploration of computer coding through gesture recognition

2015 -SHIP, public sculpture and performance, Caracas, Venezuela

2013 In-sourcing: One Horsepower, performance

2010 Creatures of Habitat, installation, ZeroOne Biennial, San Jose

2008-2009 Ikea Art Club, participatory performance

2005-2007 Karaoke Ice, with Marina Zurkow and Katie Salen Zero1 Biennial, San Jose


2018 Fieldwork R&D Research Residency

2017 Cape Cod Modernist House Trust & National Seashore residency

2015 Backroom CCS FORUM Residency, Caracas, Venezuela

2013-2014 Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn, New York

2013 Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, honorary Fellow­

2013 Recess Session, Brooklyn, New York

2013 Signal Fire, Alpenglow writing residency, Mt. Hood Wilderness, Oregon

2012 New York Artist Residency (NARS), Brooklyn, New York

2012 LMCC Swing Space, Governor’s Island, New York

2007-2008 European Ceramics Workcentre, S’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

2008 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

2006 Montalvo Center for the Arts, Los Gatos 


2016-2018 Organizer and Co-curator of 3 seasons of MVR, 5-part lecture series on experimental human-computer interaction, multiple sites around Brooklyn, New York

2017 “Action Coding and Other Communication” Workshop, Scripps College, Pomona, CA

2017 “Building Multiplicity on the Water” and “Water [Em}Power[ment]” Panel discussion organizing and participation during Works On Water, Manattan, New York

2016 “Speechless” Workshop for expanded forms of human-computer interaction

2016 “Citizen Designer” Panel presentation about citizen-lead urban initiatives

2015 “Art, Sports, and Sustainability” Lecture and Workshop for the CCS Forum 2015: sponsored by United States Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela

2015 “Spilling Over, a panel about New York City, Art and a future on the water” New York

2015 “Modern Work,” Bennington Visiting Artist Lecture Series

2014 “Slapstick and Future Technologies,” NYU Poly & Parsons MFA Design & Technology

2014 “Tools for Impossible Ideas,” workshop, Brooklyn Art Museum & Pioneer Works

2013 “Oceanic New York Round table,” St. John’s College, Queens campus

2013 “Poser: Amateur status as research strategy”; Bennington College & NYU, ITP

2013 “Wandering Monsters: Games and Social Practice” Online panel for the Institute of Play

2012 “Failure in Practice”: Lecture Interactive Telecommunications Program , NYU

2012 “Expert Noobs” Design workshop with Katie Salen, RISD

2008 “Play in Public Space”, Design workshop, University of Texas at Austin



Davis, Nicole. “The guidebook to menopause you never knew you needed until now.” Brooklyn Based. March 23, 2018.


Fridman, Leora. “Slack Channel.” SF MoMA: Open Space. November 13, 2017. 

Meier, Allison. “The Inaugural Triennial on New York’s Waterways Drops Anchor.” Hyperallergic. June 21, 2017

“Future Perfect: A Call for Intersectional Technology At Flux Factory.” Art In America.
April, 7, 2017.


Capps, Kristen. “A Proposal To Build A Floating ‘Citizen Bridge’ In New York Is Gaining Steam.” Business Insider.  May 15, 2016.

Davis, Nicole.  “Help build a footbridge from Brooklyn to Governors Island.”  Brooklyn Based. April 26, 2016.

Delessio, Joe. “Artist Raising Money for Pedestrian Bridge to Governors Island, Will Worry About Pesky Permits Later.” New York Magazine. April 26, 2016.

Eldridge, Barbara .“Floating Bridge For New York City Hits Kickstarter Goal.”  Curbed, May 20, 2016.

Kaufman, Rachel. “A Bridge To Change How New Yorkers Think About Their Waters.” Next City.  April 29, 2016.

Steinauer, Jillian. “The Artist Building A Bridge From Brooklyn To Governors Island.” Hyperallergic. April 25, 2016.

Zacks, Stephen. “Kickstarter Campaign For A Floating Bridge From Brooklyn’s Red Hook To Governors Island.” The Architect’s Newspaper. April 26, 2016.

Wiener Zeitung. 2016. “Rückeroberung des Wassers.”  November 24.


Messinger, Kate. “Provoking Participation Through Art at Eyebeam’s 2015 Annual Showcase.” Creators Project. January 30, 2015.


Carlson, Jen. “Artist Plans A Pedestrian Bridge To Governors Island.” Gothamist.July 11, 2014.

Cascone, Sarah. “Artist Building Bridge to Governors Island.” Artnet News. July 15, 2014.

Davis, Nicole. “Crossing Buttermilk Channel by Foot, on a Bridge Built by Hand.” Brooklyn Based. July 11, 2014.

Lindquist, Greg. “Both Visible and Invisible, Object and Interface: Site proposition and completion in painting, sculpture, and participation.” Brooklyn Rail. July 15, 2014.

Maitlin, Randy Lee. “The Citizen Bridge: On the nature of boredom and the work of artist Nancy Nowacek.” Intercourse magazine, no.2 (2014): 22-29.

Rosenberg, Zoe. “People Will Be Able To Cross Buttermilk Channel By Foot Again.” Curbed. July 11, 2014.

2014 Caldwell, Cath and Yolanda Zappaterra. Editorial Design: Digital and Print. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014.


Conant, Angela. “Ideas Gap.” RecessArt. June 30, 2013.

Gressel, Katherine, ed. Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion, Exhibition Catalogue. Lulu, 2013.

Kim, Joshua. “Review: Remembering is Everything.” Art Practical. February 10, 2013.

Meier, Allison. “Imaging Urban Park Utopias.” Hyperallergic. May 14, 2012.

Rochelle, Jules. “Taking It To the Streets.” Public Art Review. February 13, 2014.

Short, Aaron. “Picture Perfect: Artists explore ‘Brooklyn Utopias’ at Park Slope’s Old Stone House.” The Brooklyn Paper. March 27, 2012.


Wong, Devan. “Nancy Nowacek, Now and Forever Exhibition.” Zero1 (Blog). September 6, 2012.

2010 “01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World.” (accessed 011216)

2007 Tuttle, Ross. “Pop Songs (and Popsicles) with a Bullet.” L.A. Weekly. September 14, 2007.

2006 Hall, Peter. “San Jose’s Missing Soul.” Metropolis. November 2006.


2016 “How Building a Bridge Taught Me About Being A Global Citizen.” Common Edge. May 13, 2016.

2016 CB Radio. Radio series. Clocktower Radio

2015 “Building a Bridge By Hand to Cross Buttermilk Channel on Foot.” Oceanic New York. New York: Punctum Books, 2015.

2011 “New Postures for Public Space.” The Guide to the New Universe. Lulu: 2011.

2011 Overcoming the Paradox of Modernity. Graduate Thesis project 

2010 “I’m Running While I Write This.” Voice: Texts on Speaking. Lulu: 2010.

2010 “A comparison of corporeal schemas established by the California Building Code and the works of Gins & Arakawa,” Paper for California College of Art SITES  Symposium

2004-2007 Metropolis magazine articles

2005 “Character to Character.” Visual Communication. 2005 4:158-164.

2001 Heller, Steven, ed.“Us Vs.Them.” The Education of an E-Designer. New York: Allworth Press, 2001.

2000 Heller, Steven, ed. “Between Flesh and Hardware,” co-authored with Elena Gorfinkel.Sex appeal. New York: Allworth, 2000.


2018 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant

2015 Estate4 Community Art Grant

2015 Two Trees Community Art Grant 

2014 Eyebeam 2-year Fellowship

2013 Brooklyn Arts Council grant 

2012 Barclay Simpson Arts Excellence Award

2010 MoMA/ PS1 Open Door Selection

2008 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Residency, Los Angeles

2007 Print Regional Design Annual, Metropolis magazine

2006 NYU Digital Art Development grant

2006 Montalvo Center for the Arts Residency, Los Gatos

2005 AIGA 100 Design Award

2003 Young Guns 3 

1998 Cooper-Hewitt Design Biennial


2011 MFA Social Practice, California College of Art, San Francisco

1996 MFA Communication Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

1994 BFA concentrated in Design & Photography, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor