Nina Boesch is a Brooklyn based artist and designer from Bremen, Germany. She first moved to the U.S. in 2001. After completing an internship in Manhattan and graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she settled in New York in 2006. She is a senior interaction designer at the renown experience design firm Local Projects and spends her spare time in her art studio.

Nina holds a BFA with honors in graphic design from RISD. Her collages have been exhibited in various group and solo exhibits in the U.S. and Germany (see complete exhibit list below) and her design work has been acknowledged with 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, Nina 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. 

 

 

How does Nina create her MetroCard Collages?

Nina Boesch upcycles used, expired MetroCards by cutting them into small pieces, sorting them by color, and rearranging the pieces into mosaic-like collages. Nina first draws a sketch onto the canvas and then fills in the shapes with the cut-up pieces of MetroCards. 

The process takes about 8 hours for a small collage and up to 100 hours for larger ones. The subjects range from landmarks and city scenes to celebrity portraits and urban animals.  

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

How did Nina get started on the collages?

Nina Boesch's MetroCard collages are one of a kind artworks created entirely from cut-up, used and expired NYC subway tickets.  In 2001, after being introduced to the NYC subway system, Nina became inspired by the thousands of disposed MetroCards laying around 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 and turned them into art. Since then, her art venture has massively grown in popularity with a global following of art collectors.

Artwork Donations

Nina 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. 

 

Nina Boesch frequently shows her work in group and solo exhibits. For questions and inquiries about shows, email Nina at nina@metrocardcollages.com

 

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 

Solo Shows

2017

Upcycling New York
Galerie ART15
Bremen, Germany

 

2016

German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza,
New York City

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

 

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