Nancy Sayavong at Ocean Beach, SF. Feb 2018.

Nancy Sayavong at Ocean Beach, SF. Feb 2018.


Nancy Sayavong’s work play with familiar structures that form the foundations of architecture and planning in urban and domestic sites.

She works through understanding everyday geographic markers and materials that occupy the surface. These things are carefully examined and presented to pinpoint layered intimations of built psychological spaces that inhabit cultural belief, ideologies of trauma, misinterpreted histories, and socioeconomic divisions.

With Sayavong’s experiences in moving through the world as a professional fabricator, a social shifter, and a queer body, her methods in making characteristically engage languages of the working-class and the elite consumer with aspirations of particular social identities.  

Made in the U.S.A, Nancy Sayavong lives and works in San Francisco. She recieved her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. 




2018    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA MFA in Art Practice

2014    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL BFA in Sculpture & Arts Administration

2008   Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN Studied Painting and Drawing


  • 2018   48th Annual UCB MFA Exhibition, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, May 11-June 17, Berkeley, CA 
  •            Small Things Considered: ceteris paribus, Leu Gallery/ Belmont University, March 12-May 4, Nashville, TN
  •            Home/Sick, The East Cut, Jan-Feb, San Francisco, CA 
  • 2017   Gray Matter, PS8 at PLAySPACE Gallery, Oct, San Francisco, CA
  •            Let the Tool Do the Work, Worth Ryder Gallery, Oct, Berkeley, CA
  •            Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, Sept, San Francisco, CA
  •            Pride, Kaiser Permanente: Chemical Dependency Recovery Center, June, San Francisco, CA
  •            RELAY, CTRL+SHFT, May-June, Oakland, CA
  •            Intermediaries, Worth Ryder Gallery, Jan-Feb, Berkeley, CA
  • 2016   Artist-in-Residence, Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation, Dec, Berkeley, CA
  •            Here's the Thing, Tupper & Reed, Dec, Berkeley, CA
  •            Museum and the City: Shaping the Public Realm, Oakland Museum of California, Dec, Oakland, CA
  •            Rock Rock Around the Block, Market Street Prototyping Festival, Oct, San Francisco, CA
  •            Marking New Paths, Richmond Art Center, Sept-Nov, Richmond, CA
  •            Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason Art Center, April, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015   New Sculptures, Fabrefaction Gallery, Sept-Nov, Oakland, CA
  •            Knockout: Boxing Art, Compound Gallery, Sept-Nov, Oakland, CA
  • 2014   Mother Mortar, Sullivan Galleries, March-April, Chicago, IL
  •            Private Viewing to Board of Trustees, Art Institute of Chicago, March, Chicago, IL
  •            Restoration of the Republic, Magnolia/Glenn, April-May, Chicago, IL
  • 2013   Constant Consumer, SUG Galleries, Dec., Chicago, IL
  •            Co-op Professional Project, Flaxman Library, Nov.-Dec., Chicago, IL
  • 2012   Looks Like Live Action, Pop Up Gallery, Oct., Chicago, IL
  •            1st Annual Sweatshop Summer Camp, Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
  •            Clearing of the Throat, Etc. Collective, Chicago, IL


  • 2018   Outstanding Graduate Instructor Fellowship Award, GSI Teaching and Resource Center, UC Berkeley, CA
  •            Eleven: The Journal of Sociology, University of California, Volume 8, Berkeley, CA
  • 2017   Cadogan Award, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  •            Architectural Research Fellow for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley, CA
  • 2016   Artist-in-Residence, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2016   Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 2014   Private Viewing, Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2012   Odyssey Travel Grant, Chicago, IL/London, UK
  • 2011    Barbra Hodges Young Artists Foundation Scholarship, Nashville, TN
  • 2010   School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship, Chicago, IL
  • 2008  Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts fellowship, Murfreesboro, TN