In January of 2017 Nydia Blas was named the Acting Executive Director of Southside Community Center. Nydia is mother, lifelong Ithaca resident, and a visual artist who works primarily with photography. 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.
With her photographic work 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.
Before becoming the Acting Executive Director of Southside Community Center 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. and “The Feeling is Mutual” at the Rangefinder Gallery in Chicago, Ill. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Strange Fire Collective and Fotografia Magazine. Upcoming, her work will be featured in Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.