Nadiya Nacorda 

b. 1991 Detroit, Michigan


2018-2021 M.F.A. in Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 

2009-2014 B.F.A. in Photography & Film, Minor in Spanish VCU Arts, Richmond, VA

2012 Study Abroad year, Suffolk University (Madrid) and University of Antonio De Nebrija, Madrid, Spain 



(Forthcoming) First solo show: All the Orchids are Fine, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

Steady/Retcon MFA Thesis Show, Governor’s Island, New York, NY

And Let it Remain So: Women of the African Diaspora, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ


Radial Survey Vol. II, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

With, all, & in-between, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

Take It From Here, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL

PhotoVogue Festival, BASE Milano, Milan, Italy 


Women of the African Diaspora: Identity, Place, Migration, Immigration, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Americans Looking In, Center for Books Arts, New York, NY

Soften, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA 

Future Perfect, Study Hall Gallery, Utica, NY

Take It From Here, Brick City Gallery, Springfield, MO


SPE Juried Group Exhibition, Red Eye Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI

Face Value, The Parlour Gallery, Baltimore, MD

UnBound8!, Juried Exhibition, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

Flora, International Exhibition, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

Safe Space, Group Exhibition, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI 

It's a miracle that we are standing here, Group Exhibition, Lenscratch & For Freedoms, online

A Room of One’s Own, Group Exhibition, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse, NY 

SPE Juried Combined Caucus Exhibition, Cleveland Convention Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

Winter Pictures, Juried Group Exhibition, Humble Arts Foundation, online 


The Washington Post Magazine - The Vulnerability of New Motherhood

A Special Kind of Double - Monograph published by Monolith Editions (sold out of print) 

A Special Kind of Double - The Picture Show - NPR online

Oxford American Magazine - Spring 2022

Poignant photos celebrating women of the African diaspora - Huck Mag

Take It From Here catalog as DIY exhibition - 2021 Paris Photo - Aperture photo book award shortlist 

Americans Looking In Exhibition - Center for Book Arts in NYC

Future Perfect - Pratt MWP Exhibition Catalog

Radial Survey Vol. II feature - Fraction Magazine Issue 150 

A Month in Photos: June - Booooooom

The Picture Show - NPR online

Taking Our Seat Interview, Shades Collective

Photographers on Photographers interview, Lenscratch

The 2020 Lenscratch Student Award Winner, Lenscratch

A Special Kind of Double, Artist feature, Aint Bad Magazine

The World is Quiet Here, Artist Interview, Cumulus Photo

The Good Catholic series, Ignant Online Magazine



The Silver List


Lenscratch Student Prize, 2nd place 

Lit List: Photographers to watch, exhibit and hire


Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Competition 

Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant 

Syracuse University VPA Creative Opportunity Grant 


Capital One Graduating Senior award


Photo of the year award and scholarship, Universidad Antonio De Nebrija, Madrid, Spain

Professional Activities

(FIL/AM) Filipinx American artist directory member 

Advisory Board member, Oakwood Arts non-profit, Richmond, VA 

Founder of Syracuse University Community Black Feminist Support Group

Mayoral Appointee, Syracuse Public Arts Commission 

Visiting Portfolio Reviewer, VCUarts Photo Senior Portfolio Review Day, class of ’17 & ‘19

Assistant Curator, Syracuse University Gallery, SYR-South Africa Social Justice Symposium

Visiting Artist Lecture: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Brandeis University, and University of Washington


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Art Photography I (Instructor Doug DuBois), Syracuse University/ 2018-2019

Professor, Intro to Analog (B&W) Photography,  Syracuse University / 2019-2020

Professor, Intro to Art Photography II - Digital, partially online, Syracuse University/ 2020

Independent Freelance Artist and Photographer / 2014-present

Apple Inc. Sales Specialist and Tech Genius / 2011-2015

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