Nancy Cohen is widely known for her experimental works with hand-made paper and large-scale sculptural installations, many of which also include handmade glass, cement, reformed found objects, metal and rubber.
Cohen has an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Recent projects include installations in Karmiel, Israel; the CODA Museum in Holland; the Katonah Museum of Art in NY and a collaboration with environmentalists based on the Mullica River for the Noyes Museum of Art in NJ. Cohen has been awarded a Pollack Krasner Grant, residencies at The Millay Colony and Yaddo, and multiple Fellowships in Sculpture and Works on Paper from the NJ State Council on the Arts. Cohen was born in Queens, NY and lives in Jersey City, NJ.
Cohen’s work is in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Montclair Art Museum, & Yale University Art Museum among others. Recent exhibits include a solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; a permanent installation at the Health Sciences Library, Howard University, Washington DC and inclusion in Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass at Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden, Grand Rapids, MI in 2013. In 2011 she was selected for the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School Residency and in 2013 she completed a collaborative residency with Anna Boothe at The Corning Museum of Glass. In 2017 she as a resident at Bullseye Glass and her monumental collaborative glass work with Boothe was exhibited at The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
In 2016 the artist’s solo exhibition, Hackensack Dreaming, traveled throughout the U.S. to venues including New Jersey City University, Duke University and Urban Glass. The exhibit premiered Cohen's most ambitious installation to date, which was inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Meadowlands in Hackensack, New Jersey. The piece combined numerous glass and mixed media sculptures with extensively worked hand-made paper. The exhibition was reviewed in ArteFuse, Sculpture Magazine and was selected as one of ten top exhibitions of the fall by Interior Design Magazine.