Fernanda (Nanda) D'Agostino is an artist who, "has integrated personal, societal and environmental concerns into many installations and large-scale public art projects" in her 30-year career. Her new media works frequently incorporate technically sophisticated interactive elements.
Monographs on D'Agostino's work have been published twice by The Art Gym, Offering: An installation in 1989 and Method of Loci in 2013. Her work is held in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Missoula Museum of the Arts.
D'Agostino studied at George Washington University/The Corcoran School, earned her BS in Education at the College of New Jersey in 1973 and her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Montana in 1984.
D'Agostino's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia in Russia’s largest annual New Media Festival, ‘CYBERFEST’ in 2012.
Her video installation, Borderline, is the first encountered in the 2019 exhibition at the Portland Art Museum entitled The map is not the territory, "the central event for the Center for Northwest Art [that] is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Grace Kook-Anderson’s reimagining of its Contemporary Northwest Art Awards (CNAA) exhibition." Critic Laurel Reed-Pavic called it, "a standout show."
Public Art Works
D’Agostino has been commissioned to make many major public works of art.
Garden of Strength, 2008, is installed at the Mayfair Community Center in San Jose, California. It was inspired by the diversity, and the rich cultural history, of the Mayfair area and by the spirit of growth and renewal embodied in the flourishing Mayfair Community Garden adjacent to the site.
Intellectual Ecosystem is located at the Portland State University Associated Student Recreation Center and was noted as one of 2011’s 40 best public artworks in the United States and Canada by the Americans for the Arts “Public Art Year in Review.”.
Urban Hydrology is a series of twelve outdoor 2009 granite sculptures installed along the Portland Transit Mall, part of the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Fluid Dynamics is on the Waterfront Bay Trail at 66th Avenue in Oakland, California commissioned by the City of Oakland and East Bay Regional Park District.
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