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About Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd

Nancy Judd is an artist, environmental advocate, and teaching artist.  For over twenty years she has been creating sculptures from discarded materials and using them to talk about how we live on the planet. Nancy installs her traveling solo exhibitions in high traffic locations such as museums and airports.

Nancy also creates site-specific public art, often in community workshops. In Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast, she was asked to create the Jellyfish Dress, a garment using plastic bags that brought attention to marine conservation issues. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she used inner tube tires in Tire-less Couture to showcase the City’s commitment to encourage citizens to drive less and use the new bicycle paths.

Nancy giving a TEDx talk wearing the Caution Tape Dress

Nancy uses her sculptures to capture people’s attention and inspire actions in their lives to help care for the planet. She accomplishes this through giving engaging speeches and providing creative eco-events for adults and children in conjunction with her exhibitions, public art commissions and sculpture sponsorships.

Nancy started Recycled Runway while working as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Santa Fe and then as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition. In 1998 Nancy co-founded the Recycle Santa Fe Art Market & Fashion Contest, a popular arts event in the international arts destination of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Drawing upon her life-long experience as an artist, she began to create up-cycled fashions to promote this event. This led to the formation of the Recycle Runway Collection which has been exhibited internationally, and received worldwide media attention, including an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Contact Nancy at or 505-577-9712505-577-9712