Nadiya Imani Nacorda

b. 1991 Detroit, Michigan

Lives and works in Richmond, VA


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

2009-2014 B.F.A. in Photography & Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA



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


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

Soften, Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA 

Future Perfect, Study Hall GalleryUtica, 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


Through Venus, Capital One Terrace Gallery, Richmond, VA


Powerwash, BFA Group Exhibition, Richmond, VA


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

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

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

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

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


Teaching Assistant, Intro to Art Photography, Syracuse University / 2018-present

Freelance Photographer /2014-present

Apple Inc. Genius / 2011-2015

Using Format