vernita nemec


vernita nemec

A native of Ohio, Vernita Nemec graduated from Ohio University with a BFA cum laude in painting & art history. She was awarded an NDEA Fellowship to New York University to pursue an MA degree. She has received numerous grants & awards for her visual and performance art from the Jerome Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the NEA, The Kauffman Foundation and NYSCA. She has been an artist in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts, The North American Cultural Foundation (NACL) and Earthdance.

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Nemec, also known as N'Cognita to honor underknown artists, has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions of her mixed media collages & installations in the United States, Ireland and Hungary and more than 70 performances in the United States, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Mexico and France, including guerrilla performances at the Pompidou Museum in Paris and Documenta 13 in Kassel.

She was a curator at the Henry Street Settlement for the Arts in New York City, the former Director of Artists Talk on Art, interviewing a variety of artworld luminaries and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Soho20 Gallery in New York and the Director of Viridian Artists, also in New York City. Nemec founded Art from Detritus in 1996 and has curated more than a dozen exhibitions of art from recycled materials in Kansas City MO, Pittsburgh, Portland Or. and New York City.

 Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, The Village Voice, High Performance, Nation Magazine & the New Yorker among other publications. Her performances can be seen on UTube and Vimeo.  She is included in "The Power of Feminist Art", 1994, Harry Abrams (Pub), edited by Norma Broude & Mary Garrard; "The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Feminist Essays on Art", 1995, Lucy Lippard and "Performance Artists of the 80's" by Linda Montano. She currently lives and works in New York City.


  My artmaking is concerned with translating my inner realities into installations, performances, photographs and m/m collages. I choose materials I find inspiring at that moment, be it a found street fragment, an old dress I can’t part with or a magazine image. My desire is to create through my visual and performance art, a visual autobiography addressing issues of relationship, loss and self-actualization - to imbue my fragmented imagery with complexities and nuances that reflect our 21st century lives. I created my first installations in the mid-70’s, transferring fragments of notes, photos, ideas and the detritus of my artmaking from the walls of my studio to the walls of the gallery like a giant sketch. I have continued creating installations both as site-specific works and as backdrops for performance. For the past decade I have been creating The Endless Junkmail Scroll as well as continuing to monoprint, collage and performance artworks. Now I am beginning to use discarded vacuum-formed plastic packaging, the newest trash destroying our environment.


b. 1942, Painesville, OH
Lives and works in New York, NY

  • 1966New York University, MA
  • 1964Ohio University - Main Campus, BFA
  • 2015Plastic Blues, Gallery Gaia, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014Security/Insecurity, Cannon's Walk, New York, NY
  • 2011Amarin (sponsored by Williamsburg Art &Historical Society), Brooklyn, NY
  • 2007Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2007Schacknow Museum, Plantation, FL
  • 2006Fountain Street Gallery, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • 2005The Endless Junkmail Scroll, Gallery 128, New York, NY
  • 2005Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY
  • 2013Girltalk, Gallery Gaia, New York, NY
  • 2015Monday Night Series, Movement Research
  • 2013Monday Night Series, Movement Research
  • 2009Monday Night Series, Movement Research
  • 2006Exhibition Grant, Puffin Foundation
  • 1988Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Jerome Foundation
  • 2011NACL- North American Cultural Laboratory Residency
  • 2008Earthdance Artist Residency
  • 1981The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
361 Canal St
NYC, NY 10013
I am open to studio tours, just call or email me for I'd love to show you what I'm working on currently & introduce you to my cats!