Nigel Poor lives and works in the Bay Area. She received her BA from Bennington College and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been shown at many institutions including: The San Jose Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose; Friends of Photography; SF Camerawork; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Haines Gallery in San Francisco. Her work can be found in many collections including the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
She is the recipient of many awards and residencies including: A Blade of Grass Fellowship, New York, NY; Artist in Residency, University of Michigan Institute of the Humanities Ann Arbor, Michigan; Alternative Exposure Grant, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; and San Francisco Center for the Book, Artist Residency Grant, San Francisco, CA.
She is a Co-Founder and Co-Managing Producer of the San Quentin Prison Report Radio Project (SQPR), a Professor of Photography at California State University, Sacramento, and a member of the Bay Area photo collective Library Candy.