About Nina Boesch


Nina Boesch is a New York City based artist and designer from Bremen, Germany. In 2001, after being introduced to the NYC subway system, Boesch became inspired by subway riders who just dropped their used and expired MetroCards in the subway stations. She thought of an artistic challenge that would not only clean up the platforms but also bring new life to an everyday object most consider trash. She started repurposing the old disposed tickets she found and turned them into collages. Since then, her art venture has massively grown in popularity with a global following of art collectors all over the world.


What are these collages?

Nina Boesch upcycles used, expired MetroCards into one-of-a-kind artworks by cutting them into small pieces, sorting them by color, and rearranging the pieces into mosaic-like collages. The subjects range from landmarks and city scenes to celebrity portraits and urban animals.  

How many tickets go into a collage?

All artworks are one-of-a-kind and vary in size from 5"x7" to 40"x30". A single collage can contain up to 10,000 pieces from up to 500 MetroCards. Nina Boesch uses the front of MetroCards for color collages (yellow, orange, blue and black), and the magnetic strip and back of the MetroCards for grayscale collages (black and white). 


Philanthropy

Boesch supports local institutions and organizations with artwork donations to annual fundraisers and silent auctions. Her artworks have raised tens of thousands of dollars across the supported organizations, which include Project Renewal, the Children’s Museum of Arts, the NY Transit Museum, the New York Public Library, the St. Bernard Project, various New York public schools, and others. 


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Awards and Honors

Nina Boesch holds a BFA with honors in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design and has received awards from the most prestigious design organizations in the world, including the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the AIGA and others. In 2006, Boesch received the Adobe Design Achievement Award in Interaction Design. Her work has been recognized internationally in publications such as The Daily News, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Design Taxi, UK Mirror, News Australia, and others


SOLO SHOWS

2016:

German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza, New York City
Coming Nov 3 - Dec 16, 2016

Grey Dog, Chelsea
New York City

 

2015:

Grey Dog, Chelsea
New York City

Mini Bar
Brooklyn, New York
 

2014:

350 Bleecker Gallery
West Village, New York City

Mojo
West Village, New York City


2013:

Mojo
West Village, New York City


2012:

The Bean 
East Village, New York City

 

2011:

350 Bleecker Gallery 
West Village, New York City

Mini Bar 
Brooklyn, New York

GROUP SHOWS

2016:

The World Around Us
The 360 Space
Soho, New York City

Recycle
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
Brooklyn, New York

 

2015:

Gallery Exhibit at
Elena Ab Gallery

Tribeca, New York City

Recycle
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition
Brooklyn, New York

Bread and Circuses
Village West Gallery
Jersey City, New Jersey

Art Palm Beach
House of Arts Gallery booth
Palm Beach, Florida

SeaFair Exhibit
House of Arts Gallery booth
Miami, Florida


2014:

Whiskey Rebellion
Village West Gallery
Jersey City, New Jersey

Tweet
Children’s Museum of Arts
Soho, New York City

ECO ARTS
JAM Gallery
Malvern, Pennsylvania


2013:

Boombox
House of Arts Gallery
Brooklyn, New York


2012:

Contemporary Art Fair NYC
House of Art Gallery booth
Javits Center
New York City

Art Enology
Art in Flux
Harlem, New York, City 

Slash
CES Contemporary Gallery
Laguna Beach, California
 

2011:

MOCA (Museum of Conan Art, TBS)
Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center
New York City