Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York with her two children . She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of Southside Community Center, Inc. Blas delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. She is drawn to matters of sexuality and intimacy and calls upon her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary.
In the Summer of 2016 she completed an artist residency at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Following this she presented her series "The Girls Who Spun Gold" at the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College where she gave her Artist Talk though the Center For Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. Her work was also shown in "The Trouble With Flesh" at Light Work Syracuse, N.Y. and "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, T.X. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Strange Fire Collective and Fotografia Magazine. Upcoming, her work will be shown in "The Feeling is Mutual" at the Rangefiner Gallery, Chicago and Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.