Nancy Cohen was born in Queens, NY and lives in Jersey City, NJ. She has a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology (1981) and an MFA from Columbia University (1984). Cohen is a mixed-media artist who works in sculpture, installation and drawing. Recent large-scale projects have included a site-specific installation based on the Hudson River for the Katonah Museum of Art and a collaboration with marine biologists and environmentalists based on the Mullica River for the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ. In 2006 Cohen collaborated with Princeton University scientists and a garden designer on an outdoor sculpture for Quark Park in Princeton, NJ.
Recent solo exhibitions have been at Heidi Cho Gallery in New York City (catalog published) and the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ (brochure).
From a review by Dominique Nahas in Sculpture Magazine, September, 2008: Throughout her career, Nancy Cohen has experimented with materials and forms that underscore the relational possibilities between the appearance of transparency and its opposite, opaqueness. Her naturalist tendencies are abetted by an ethnographer's curiosity and a keen appreciation of cultural parallels and anomalies. All of her various works explore sensations provoked by liminality, that is, threshold states of mind conditioned by factors conducive to transition and transformation.
Cohen has been awarded a Pollack Krasner grant and residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Montclair Art Museum, & Yale University Art Museum among others.
Recent group exhibitions have included “Handwork” at Spanierman Modern Gallery in NYC and “Global Warning: Artists and Climate Change” at Wesleyan University.