Nydia Boyd (Blas) is a visual artist who grew up in Ithaca, New York and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nydia uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. She 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. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that  in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary. In this space, props function as extensions of the body, costumes as markers of identity, and gestures/actions reveal the performance, celebration, discovery and confrontation involved in reclaiming one's body for their own exploration, discovery and understanding.

She has completed artist residencies at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been featured in the book Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Topic, Dazed and Confused Magazine,  Strange Fire Collective, Lenscult, Yogurt Magazine, PDN, Fotografia Magazine, and more.

Nydia is recognized for her body of work entitled, The Girls Who Spun Gold, which is a collection of images that resulted from Girl Empowerment Group that Boyd founded after observing a lack of space and community for teen girls of African descent. This year she was named “One to Watch” by the British Journal of Photography. She is also is one of twelve participants for The World Press Photo Foundation’s 26th edition of the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass. She is one of six selected talents of World Press’ 2018 6x6 Global Talent Program for North and Central America.


2016    Master of Fine Arts, Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y.  

2011     Bachelor of Science, Cinema and Photography, Ithaca College, Ithaca N.Y.


2018    “ Black Magic”, Corners Gallery, Ithaca, N.Y.

2018     “Whatever You Like”, Over The Influence, Los Angeles C.A.

2015      “The Girls That Spun Gold”, SALTQuarters, Syracuse N.Y.


2019 “Art in Ad Places”, New York, N.Y.

2019 “Radial Survey”, The Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, P.A.

2018    “VIGILANCE,STRUGGLE, PRIDE: THROUGH HER EYES”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2018     “ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings”, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park N.Y.

2018     “Into the Light”, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York N.Y.

2018      The Wing, Brooklyn, N.Y. & Washington D.C.

2018     “VIGILANCE, STRUGGLE, PRIDE: THROUGH HER EYES”, Umetnostna galerija Maribor, Maribor, Slovenija

2017     "Albert Weisman Award Exhibition", Columbia College, Chicago I.L.

2017     "The Feeling is Mutual" Rangefinder Gallery, Chicago I.L.

2016     “The Trouble With Flesh” Light Work, Syracuse N.Y.

2016     “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” The George Washington Carver Museum Austin TX

2016     “The Girls Who Spun Gold” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca N.Y.

2016      Syracuse University MFA Show, SU Art Galleries, Syracuse N.Y.

2016      “Physical Experience”, Spark, Syracuse N.Y.

2014      “Adjunct Appendix”, Light Work, Syracuse N.Y.


2016     The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, N.Y.

2015     Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca N.Y.


2019 Workshop, Teen Curators Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, N.Y.

2019 Artist Talk, MFON Photo Salon, Magnum Foundation, New York, N.Y.

2018  “Women’s Perspectives” Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Zagreb Croatia

2018   “We the Girls Who Spun Gold” Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

2017   "Women Picturing Revolution" LightField Festival, Hudson, N.Y.

2017   "Art is for Empathy" Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Canada

2016   “The Girls Who Spun Gold” Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Discussion Series, Ithaca College, Ithaca N.Y.

2016     “As Bad As I Wanna Be” Panel Discussion, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse N.Y.


2019 One to Watch, British Journal of Photography

2019 Selected Participant, The World Press Photo Foundation 26th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass

2018    Selected Talent, 6X6 Global Talent Program: North and Central America, World Press Photo

2018    Light Work Grant, Light Work, Syracuse N.Y.

2018    Specific Opportunity Stipend, Community Arts Partnership, Ithaca N.Y.

2017    The 2017 Women In Photography (WIPNYC) Grant & Mentor Program Shortlist

2016    PDN “The Look” Winner, Personal Work/Fine Art

2016    Best of Show, MFA Show, Department of Transmedia, Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y.

2016    Creative Opportunity Grant, Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y.


2019    British Journal of Photography, Talent Issue

2018    The New York Times Magazine, “Being Women: Poetry and Imagery”

2018     New York Magazine, “Rape at Rosie’s”

2018     The New York Times Magazine, “Tracy K. Smith”

2017     MFON Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

2017     PDN, September Issue

2016     Blue Library Vol 2: Conversations

2016     Editorial Magazine, Issue 16

2016     Oranbeg Press Interleave


2019 New York Times

2019 Aint-Bad

2019 W Magazine

2019 Hyperallergic Magazine

2019    Firecracker

2019    BuzzFeed News

2018    Women in Photography

2018    The Candid Frame #422

2017     Vogue, Online

2017     New York Times

2017     LENSCULT

2017     Yogurt Magazine

2017     Capricious

2016    Strange Fire Collective  

2016    The Huffington Post

2016     Dazed and Confused Magazine

2016     Fotografia Magazine/ FotoFirst

2016     Streit House Space



Assistant Professor, Spelman College, Atlanta G.A.


Instructor, Image Text MFA Program Ithaca College, Ithaca N.Y.


Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y.


Instructional Assistant (TA), Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y.




Executive Director, Southside Community Center, Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.


Visual Media Arts Director, Southside Community Center, Inc. Ithaca, N.Y.


Instructor, Photography and Literacy (PAL Project), Syracuse University/Syracuse City Schools, Syracuse N.Y.


Art Director, Community Unity Music Education Program, Ithaca N.Y.


Director/Creator, Girl Empowerment Group, Southside Community Center, Ithaca N.Y.         



Cinematographer, William Kentridge “Triumphs and Laments”  for Tevereterno, Rome, Italy.