Bio

Nancy Mizuno Elliott exhibits in traditional and non-traditional public and private spaces throughout the United States and abroad. She has completed temporary and permanent public art projects for the cities of Oakland, San Francisco, Emeryville, and Castro Valley. She has created site-specific work in collaboration with other artists, high school students, teachers, librarians, incarcerated youth, recreation center visitors, fast food workers, museum patrons, hospitalized seniors, active seniors, and veterans.

Recent honors include several Individual Artist Project Grants (City of Oakland) and Alameda County Purchase Awards and residencies at ComPeung in Thailand, The White Colony in

Public Art:

  1. Her public art career began in 2004 when she completed May I Take Your Order?, a documentation of fast food workers, sponsored by the Market Street Art in Transit Program Kiosk Poster Series administered by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

  2. And in spring 2005, she gave away over 1000 hand-made butterflies to visitors of recreation centers located in Latino neighborhoods of Oakland. The project, entitled Pura Vida, was funded by the City of Oakland.

  3. The City also supported Squawk!: Art Inspired by Oakland Renegade Poets, mixed media paintings exhibited at several Oakland Public Libraries.

  4. The City of Emeryville selected her to participate in its Art Along the Avenue program. Her site-specific installation was in an unoccupied storefront on San Pablo Avenue until September 2006.

  5. She was chosen by the Alameda County Arts Commission to be included in its rotating art collection. Her commissioned series, which illustrates poems by Alameda County poets and Juvenile Hall youth, is being shown in various county buildings, beginning with a newly constructed Juvenile Justice Center located in San Leandro, California.

  6. Her work has also been purchased by the Alameda County Arts Commission to be displayed in the County's Registrar Office, Highland Hospital, and an AIDS research facility in Richmond.

  7. In 2009, she worked with YMCA senior athletes in creating artwork addressing aging and wellness. The project, entitled Spunk, was sponsored by the City of Oakland.

  8. Summer 2010, she exhibited Book Smart at Oakland Public Library's Temescal and Rockridge Branch. The series was funded by the City of Oakland.

  9. She (and art collaborator Norman Moore) designed and created a site-specific artwork adjacent to entry windows of the Teen Room for Castro Valley's new library. The work was installed October 2009 and includes etched acrylic sheeting, glass, etched metal, and LED lights.

  10. In 2015, the City of Oakland supported Wabeee Sabeee!, an investigation of Zen ideas and aesthetics that focus on the sinuous nature death and grief.

Costa Rica, Can Serrat in Spain, Ragdale (Chicago), Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Wildlife Refuge (Mississippi), Hambidge Center (Atlanta), Osage Arts Community (Missouri), and De Young Museum (San Francisco).

She has extensive experience in non-profit programming, gallery management, and art administration. Most recently, she helped curate ProArts’ 2 x 2 Solos, which was funded by the Warhol Foundation. She was also the Exhibitions Director of the Richmond Art Center and responsible for curating over twenty exhibitions per year. She is a tenured instructor at City College of San Francisco and directs the City College Art Gallery (which shows a wide range of artists, from current students to internationally recognized artists such as Chris Johanson and Barry McGee).

She received her Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art from University of California at Berkeley.

Nancy Mizuno Elliott lives in Oakland with her boyfriend David Shamrock who’s in the metal/prog band Free Salamander Exhibit. They share their home with three senior mutts: Rosie, Linus, and Bug.