Luba Drozd

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Born1982 (age 41–42)
Lviv, Ukraine
Alma mater
  • Pratt Institute
  • Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

Luba Drozd (born 1982, Lviv, Ukraine) is Ukrainian-American artist, best known for her installation art. Her works incorporate sculpture, sound, 3D animation and architecture. Her installations address topics of symbiosis, subjectivity of perception of the intangible such as knowledge, time and memory through critique of built spaces.[1]

Early life and education

Drozd was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1982. Her family left Ukraine in 1997 and settled in Brooklyn, NY. Drozd received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pratt Institute, then attended Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015.[2] [3]


Drozd's early works were single and two channel animation and video. Her piece 'Humane Restraint' was on view at Smack Mellon's show "Respond" in 2015.[4] Art critic Jillian Steinhauer had this to say about the piece: "Luba Drozd’s 'Humane Restraint' mashes up cheery instructional videos from mental hospitals and police forces that teach viewers how to properly restrain people . . . [the piece hinges] brilliantly on the point at which humor quietly swings into seriousness." [5] In 2015 she received a new work grant from the Eastern State Penitentiary for a two channel video "Institute of Corrections". The piece was on view at the museum 2016-2017. This video installation utilizes source materials created for correctional employees that include conferences, training discussions, and simulated scenarios. The artist edits the footage to uncover the system behind incarceration and the dialogue that goes on internally within the field of corrections itself.[6] Drozd was a recipient of BRIC Arts Media in 2015.[7] In 2016 she received an artist residency with the Studios at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. [8] In 2016 her piece "Solipsism" was included in CIM, a show of 7 contemporary Ukrainian-American Artists. "Solipsism" derives its name from the idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. The piece examines our trust in the knowledge we receive from the outside, the belief in things we don't experience yet we are convinced one way or another that they are around us. [9] In 2017 she received the Bronx Museum of the Arts fellowship,[10] with her installation piece subsequently included in the Bronx Museum Biennial the same year. [11] [12] In 2017 Drozd had a solo show 'Soon enough Roads will be Rivers' at Lubov gallery in New York.[13] 2018 Drozd received residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts for the Arts [14] and exhibited within a group show at Pfizer Building in Brooklyn. [15] In 2019 Drozd received MacDowell Colony

Fellowship [16] where she created 'Franconia Notch' exhibited in a two person show with William Lamson at the Knockdown Center. [17] Her subsequent piece 'Tarsainn' received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts through their emergency grant program. [18] In the fall of 2019 Drozd created a site specific piece at Sunview Luncheonette. [19] In early 2020 Drozd received a Yaddo residency [20] where she worked toward a group show at the The Hessel Museum. [21] Her medical activism response to COVID-19 pandemic materialized into a piece presented in Lateral Additions. [22]

COVID-19 response

On March 23rd Drozd located a shield design distributed by Prusa and adjusted the design so that the face shields could be fabricated with acetate, a hole puncher from a discount store, and rubber bands. She used backup rolls of Duralar that she’d kept on hand from previous exhibitions and installations, along with rolls of white filament that she’d bought to experiment with.[23] The day after Drozd assembled her first face shield and posted about her process online, she was inundated with requests for shields from health care providers. Due to the high demand for Personal protective equipment in COVID-19 pandemic in New York City her friend set up a GoFundMe page which raised over $26000 to help with making and distributing shields. The raised money allowed her and the team of volunteers to purchase more 3D printers, materials and transportation to supply essential workers with protective shields. The purchased equipment will be donated to schools. [24]

Honors and Awards

2020 Pioneer Works Technology Residency, Brooklyn, NY[25]

2020 Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY[20]

2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant, New York, NY[18]

2019 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH[16]

2018 Millay Colony for the Arts Artist Residency, Austerlitz, NY[26]

2018 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA[14]

2017 Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Fellowship, New York, NY[10]

2016 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Visiting Artist in Residence, North Adams, MA[8]

2016 Eastern State Penitentiary, New Work Grant, Philadelphia, PA[6]

2015 BRIC Arts Media Media Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY[7]

Techniques and Materials

"Using piano strings, animated projection, sheet metal, micro-controllers, motors, and drywall, Drozd’s new installation yearns for a synesthetic equalization of matter. Her materials blend with the surrounding architecture, existing fluidly between their visual and sonic functions".[21] "Much of my art practice deals with the subjectivity of perception on both micro and macro levels,” Drozd says. “Each movement made, each position the viewer takes within my installations alters the sound, warps the parallax, and unfolds the space in a new and distinct way."[23]


  1. Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial. Bronx, NY: The Bronx Museum of the Arts. 2017. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-9831586-7-7.
  2. "Pratt Institute | News | Members of the Pratt Community Sew Masks and 3D-Print Face Shields to Combat COVID-19". Retrieved 2020-06-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Relations, Bard Public. "Luba Drozd MFA '15 Is Making Masks for New York Doctors and Nurses with a GoFundMe Campaign and a 3D Printer". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  4. "RESPOND". Smack Mellon. 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  5. "After a Call for Change, Artists Respond". Hyperallergic. 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Luba Drozd: Institute of Corrections". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  7. 7.0 7.1 admini, BRIC (2009-06-15). "BRIC Media Arts Fellowship". BRIC. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "The Studios Archive". Assets for Artists. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  9. "CIM. An exhibition of seven contemporary artists - Ukrainian Museum (NYC) Exhibition". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "AIM FELLOWSHIP - Aim - The Bronx Museum of the Arts". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  11. "Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial - Exhibitions - The Bronx Museum of the Arts". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  12. "Bronx Calling The Fourth AIM Biennial". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  13. "Light-Soaked Galleries, Meditative Street Ads, and More Art Exhibitions". Bedford + Bowery. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ostroth, Amy (2018-02-22). "Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to hold salon at Sweet Briar". Sweet Briar College | News. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  15. "This is Not Here: 57 Artists Challenge the Gamut of Everything". Humble Arts Foundation. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Luba Drozd - Artist". MacDowell Colony. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  17. "Nota Bene with @postuccio [iv] – Art Spiel". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "2019 Emergency Grants: Visual Arts :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  19. "The Sunview". The Sunview Luncheonette. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "In An Emergency, Art! – Yaddo". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "A faint hum". CCS Bard. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  22. "Lateral Addition". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Symptom of Society: Luba Drozd's PPE Fabrication Initiative by Jasmine Dreame Wagner - BOMB Magazine". Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  24. Sosa, Anabel; Fonrouge, Gabrielle (2020-04-03). "Hero of the day: Artist Luba Drozd making face shields for hospitals". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  25. "Luba Drozd". Pioneer Works. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  26. "Artists 2018". The Millay Colony for the Arts. Retrieved 2020-06-21.

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