Nancy Nowacek is an artist, designer and educator. Her work focuses on the habits and practices of daily life as they relate to the natural and built environment, and the systems that produce and are produced in them. Her practice encompasses a wide spectrum of research: climate change, land use, the history of labor, aging and ageism, and mental health.
Nowacek is co-founder of Works on Water, an art collective and community catalyst around urban waterways and the urgency of the climate crisis. She has been a fellow at Eyebeam, an international new media organization, as well as a resident in the prestigious Sharp-Walentas residency program, Recess, Pioneer Works, and Montalvo. She has received grants from the National Endownment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Jerome Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and Two Trees Cultural Programs. She has shown work in the United States, Canada, China, the Netherlands, and Venezuela. She teaches at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Nowacek holds an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, an MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Photography and Design from University of Michigan.