Nadiya Imani Nacorda

b. 1991 Detroit, Michigan 

Lives and works in Syracuse, NY


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

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

                                        Minor, Spanish, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Spring 2012                    Suffolk University Madrid, Study Abroad 

Fall 2012                         Antonio De Nebrija University Madrid, Study Abroad 


2019     UnBound8!, Juried Exhibition, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

2019     Flora, International Exhibition, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

2019     Safe Space, Group Exhibition, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI 

2019     It's a miracle that we are standing here, Group Exhibition, Lenscratch & For Freedoms, online

2019    A Room of One’s Own, Group Exhibition, Random Access Gallery, Syracuse, NY 

2019    SPE Juried Combined Caucus Exhibition, Cleveland Convention Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

2019    Winter Pictures, Juried Group Exhibition, Humble Arts Foundation, online

2015    Through Venus, Solo Exhibition, Capital One Terrace Gallery, Richmond, VA

2014    Powerwash", BFA Group Exhibition, Richmond, VA

Collections & Publications

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

Untitled #3, Diversity issue for PDN Magazine

Self Portrait #1, Private collection, Richmond, VA

Self Portrait #1, Candela Books + Gallery Collection, Richmond, VA

Flowers for no one, Private collection, Orlando, FL

Khaya and Thandi at the beach, Private collection, Detroit, MI


2019     Photo Vogue Festival open call (shortlisted) 

2019     Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Competition 

2019     Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant 

2019     Syracuse University VPA Creative Opportunity Grant 

2015     Capital One Graduating Senior award

2012     Photo of the year award and scholarship, Universidad Antonio De Nebrija, Madrid, Spain

Professional Activities

Syracuse Public Arts Commission board member 

(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

Panelist on Diversity & Inclusion at (UN) Convention Conference

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


Teaching Assistant, Intro to Photography, Syracuse University / 2017-present

Freelance Photographer /2014-present

Apple Inc. Genius / 2011-2015

Using Format