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
LECTURES, PANELS & WORKSHOPS
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 Dwell.com. “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.
PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
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.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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