Nora Griffin

Adjunct Instructor

Nora Griffin is a painter and writer who was born in New York City in 1982. She received a BA from Oberlin College in 2005 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2011. Nora makes abstract paintings with an emphatic relationship to color, space, and memory. She has shown her work in solo and two-person shows at FIERMAN and Louis B. James in the Lower East Side.
Recent exhibitions include: Chuck Nanney & Nora Griffin at FIERMAN; “Modern Love” at Louis B. James; Intimacy in Discourse: Unreasonable Sized Paintings, curated by Phong Bui at SVA Chelsea Gallery; EXPO Chicago with Louis B. James; Paradise Café, curated by Olivia Smith at Spring/Break Art Show; and NADA NY with Louis B. James. Nora has been a resident at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY and the BAU/Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She has taught Drawing at Columbia University and a seminar on Artists’ Writings at SVA. Nora has been a visiting artist at Oberlin College, The Hoffberger School of Painting at MICA, and The Cooper Union School of Art. She writes about contemporary art for Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail.

Cafe Sphinx, oil on canvas, painted wood frame, 50.5" x 58.5", 2017
Cafe Sphinx, oil on canvas, painted wood frame, 50.5" x 58.5", 2017


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