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Nancy’s project “Women’s Movement: A Study of Running as Embodied Activism” will expand her research about the socio-political impacts of women’s movement—primarily running—specifically as it relates to intersectional issues of equality, using the 1977 National Women’s Conference relay race as a central case study.

Nancy Zastudil (The Necessarian, LLC) is an editor and arts administrator working toward equitable representation in the arts, guided by her beliefs in art as a gateway to learning and literacy as a pathway to empowerment.

Her editorial work includes books and exhibition catalogues such as Bridge Projects’ ​Otherwise/Revival (Spring 2021), To Bough and To Bend (Summer 2020), A Composite Leviathan (Spring 2020), and Phillip K. Smith III: 10 Columns (Fall 2019); Ariane Roesch’s How to Build: A House, A Life, A Future (Fall 2019); and Pamela Fraser’s How Color Works: Color Theory for the 21st Century (Oxford Press, 2017). Her writings, interviews, and reviews have been published in THE Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, Dance Houston, Art Lies, and more.

She regularly participates in artist award juries and grant proposal reviews, most recently for the Fleishhacker Foundation, Creative Capital, and the Harpo Foundation. She holds a Certificate in Editing from Poynter and ACES, completed a course in editing at the University of New Mexico, and was a selected participant in the Seminar on Strategy for Artist Endowed Foundation Leaders with the Aspen Institute.

In addition, she is currently the gallery director at Tamarind Institute and serves on the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund committee. Prior to joining the team at Tamarind, she held the position of administrative director of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, was owner/director of Central Features Contemporary Art, and associate director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. ​​

In 2007, she received her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and my BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University in 2001.

Nancy is an avid runner and is currently developing a compilation of intersectional scholarly research, historical documents, commissioned writings, photographs, and personal accounts about the fight for equality as it is embodied in women’s movement, primarily running.

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