Nina Elder

b. 1981 Colorado Springs, Colorado; lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico


A visual storyteller, artist, writer, activist, and adventurer, Nina Elder represents a new generation of art making. She travels widely, seeking out active and abandoned mines, Cold War military sites, and vast industrial landscapes to better understand land use and natural resources. Elder created her first lithographs at Tamarind based on historic photographs and organic materials from various mining sites, exploring the physical properties and impact of human productivity in the region. Elder was one of three New Mexico artists invited to participate in the documentary short film 66 Mile Radius, produced by Tamarind.

Elder’s work is widely exhibited, most recently at SITE Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Her research has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Rauschenburg Foundation award for Arts & Activism, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. She recently participated as 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.