Competition: US & Canada
Lori Nix was born in the late 1960’s and raised in the American Midwest. Her early exposure to the destructive powers of Mother Nature and Hollywood dystopian stories fueled her young imagination and has led her to where she is today. For the last 20+ years she has constructed small-scale dioramas and photographed them. Beginning with retelling the tall tales of her youth in her Accidentally Kansas series, she has progressed to imagining urban scenes of the apocalypse. Her last series, The City, spanned nine years and imagined a future mysteriously devoid of mankind. Intensely detailed and rich in color, her photos offer up a possible future for modern society. Upstate Derby, her proposal for the Guggenhem Fellowship project leaves the apocalypse behind as she explores the life of an individual rather than the whole of society.
Nix received her B.F.A. in both ceramics and photography from Truman State and studied photography at Ohio University. Upon relocating to New York fifteen years ago she participated in the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum. She is a two time recipient of a NYFA grant and currently is on their artist advisory committee. She routinely mentors young artists and lectures at colleges and universities nationwide. Nix has gallery representation in New York, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Italy and Germany. Her work has been shown in the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, The Toledo Museum of Art inToledo, Ohio, and The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. She also is a partner in a digital printing studio in New York City, JAM Editions Inc.
Profile photograph courtesy Geoffrey Berliner