Pie Projects is delighted to present an exhibition of New Mexico-based artists Cedra Wood and Nina Elder. Their creative practices center on curiosity, empathy, and storytelling as means to address themes such as environmentalism and the transitional nature of being. Wood and Elder were both celebrated as one of the “12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now” by Southwest Contemporary Magazine, respectively, in 2020 and 2021.
Cedra Wood received her BA from Austin College and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has received grants from the Land Arts Mobile Research Center, the Harwood Emerging Artists Fund, the Puffin Foundation, and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. She has been a research fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment and artist in residence at Teton Artlab, the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, PLAYA, Ucross Foundation, and the Sagehen Creek Biological Field Station. Internationally, Wood has had residencies at Gushul Studio and Kluane Lake Research Station in Canada and The Arctic Circle, a ship-based residency in Svalbard.
Nina Elder’s artwork is widely exhibited and has been featured in Art in America, VICE Magazine, and on PBS. Her research has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenberg Foundation award for Arts & Activism, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She has recently held positions as an Art + Environment Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art, a Polar Lab Research Fellow at the Anchorage Museum, and a Researcher in Residence in the Art and Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. Solo exhibitions of Nina’s work have been organized by SITE Santa Fe, Indianapolis Contemporary, and university museums across the US. She migrates between rural New Mexico and site-specific projects.