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Nathan Cordova is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with photography, video, sound, sculpture and performance. He received his MFA in Photography, Video and Imaging from the University of Arizona (‘24). Nathan has received grants and fellowships such as the Medici Scholar Award, Helen Gross Award, Mellon-Fronteridades Fellowship, GPSC Travel Grant as well as a fully-funded residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He’s independently published four artist books and his commissioned work has appeared in WIRED. Nathan’s current project, Ghosts and Shadows, is an audio/video artwork that aims to uncover a common auditory and visual language between humans and the US/Mexico Border as immaterial/material-entity. He is a member of Southwest Photo Collaborative, whose group show, Land, Body & Archive, visited the cities of Phoenix, Albuquerque and Tucson in 2023-2024. Nathan spoke as a student-presenter at the Society for Photographic Education’s Annual Conference, New Realities, in St. Louis, MO in the spring of 2024.

Education

2024 University of Arizona, MFA, Photography, Video and Imaging, Tucson, AZ.

2022 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Photographic Innovations With Laser Cutting and Engraving, Abbey Hepner, Snowmass Village, CO.

2019 San Francisco Center for the Book, Core Bookbinding Series 1-4 Certification, SF, CA.

2017-2019 McNair Evans, One-on-one Directed Study, San Francisco, CA.

2014-2016 Kirsten Rian, One-on-one Directed Study, Portland, OR.

2011-2013 Lauren Henkin & Kirsten Rian, Directed Group Study, Portland, OR.

2002-2007 B.A. Journalism, University of Oregon School of Journalism, Eugene, OR.

Teaching

2022-2024 University of Arizona, ART 244: Introduction To Photographic Practices and Visual  Thinking, Primary Instructor, Tucson, AZ. 

2021-2024 University of Arizona, ART 242: Introduction To Photographic Concept, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tucson, AZ. 

2022-2023 University of Arizona, ART 100C: Gaze, Primary Instructor, Tucson, AZ.

2021 Design Tech High School, April Intersession Instructor, “Zine Making for the Visual Artist”, Redwood City, CA.

2017-2020 First Exposures, Part-time Mentor for Digital Photography and B&W Darkroom, SF, CA.

Professional Experience

2023 Paradise Is Trouble, Technical Production, The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ. 

2017-2019 McNair Evans, Studio Assistant contributing to all aspects of art production, San Francisco, CA.

2017 Begin Anywhere: Paths of Mentorship and Collaboration, Production Assistant, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA.

2009-Present Nathan Cordova Studios, Founder and Principal Photographer, Portland, OR, Oakland, CA, and Berkeley, CA.

Awards/Grants/Fellowships

2023 Melon-Fronteridades Fellowship, Confluencenter For Creative Inquiry, Tucson, AZ.

2023 Helen Gross Award, University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson, AZ.

2022 Full Tuition, Room and Board Summer Workshop Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO. 

2022 Graduate & Professional Student Council Travel Grant Recipient, University of Arizona  GPSC, Tucson, AZ.

2022 Medici Scholar Award, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, Tucson, AZ.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 Leaving to Arrive: 2024 MFA Thesis Exhibition, University of Arizona Museum of Art, 

Tucson, AZ.

2024 Land, Body & Archive, Northlight Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

2023 Land, Body & Archive, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2023 Land, Body & Archive, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.

2023 2023 National Juried Graduate Exhibition, Gallery 130, Oxford, MS.

2023 Tú Eres Tú, CAV Gallery, Las Cruces, NM.

2023 Art Research in the Unruly World: Questions, Forms & Methods, Palo Verde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2023 Shaping Conduits, Palo Verde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2023 Paradise Is Trouble, The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ.

2022 A Practice of Doubt, Palo Verde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

2021 Tú Eres Tú, CAV Gallery, Las Cruces, NM.

2021 Review Santa Fe, official selection, Center Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.

2021 SF Camerawork 2021 Benefit Auction: The Roof is on Fire, SF Camerawork, SF, CA.

2019 Forecast 2019: SF Camerawork’s Annual Survey Exhibition, SF, CA.

2019 Storytelling Through the Lens, Chicano Humanities Arts Council Gallery, Denver, CO.

2017 SF Camerawork 2017 Benefit Auction, SF Camerawork, SF, CA2016 Our World Portfolio Review, project admission, Photo Alliance, SF, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 One Man’s Body Family Album, Berkeley Salon Show, Berkeley, CA.

2018 One Man’s Body and Vicinity, Walden House Salon Show, Oakland, CA.  

2017 One Man’s Body, Richmond Salon Show, Portland, OR.

2017 One Man’s Body, Walden House Salon Show, Oakland, CA.

Commissions

2020 Elizabeth Eaves. (October 1, 2020). “The Pandemic Closed Borders—and Stirred a Longing for Home”. WIRED. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/the-pandemic-closed-borders-and-stirred-a-longing-for-home.

Bibliography

2023 Michael Chesnick. (September 13, 2023). “Mellon Recipient Cordova Hopes Art Project Adds to Border Discourse”. University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. Retrieved from https://art.arizona.edu/news/mellon-recipient-cordova-hopes-art-project-adds-to-border-discourse/.

2023 “The Racket Journal”, Vol. 5, Issue 78. The Racket Reading Series. San Francisco, CA.

Publications as Author

2024 Cordova, Nathan. “Feeling a Future Coming.” Master of Fine Arts thesis, University of Arizona, 2024. https://www.proquest.com/docview/3071489841

2021 Cordova, Nathan. I Want To Leave So Much Behind. Berkeley, CA: Self-Published, 2021. Artist Zine, Limited-Edition of 100. 24 pages, 14 images, original text. 

2020 Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body Family Album. Berkeley, CA: Self-Published, 2020. Artist Book, Limited-Edition of 100. 32 pages, 23 original B&W photographs, 4 archival maps, pen on paper.

2018-2019 Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body and Vicinity. Oakland, CA: Self-Published, 2018-2019. Artist Zine, Limited-Edition of 100. 7 original B&W photographs. Pen on paper.

2017 Cordova, Nathan. One Man’s Body. Oakland, CA: Self-Published, 2017. Artist Zine, Limited Edition of 100. 20 pages, 14 original B&W photographs, original text. 

Lectures and Artist Talks

2024 Society for Photographic Education, Annual Conference: New Realities. St. Louis, MO. 

2023 Confluencenter, Fronterivoces, a Fronteridades Fellows’ Presentation and Q&A. Tucson, AZ.

2022 University of Arizona School of Art, Untrue Narratives. Tucson, AZ.

2022 Southwest Photo Collaborative. Online Talk.

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