Nancy Zastudil

The Necessarian

After years of working casually with artist-friends on their writing, I established The Necessarian, LLC as a business through which I could work toward equitable representation in the arts and formally offer editing services to artists and arts organizations. Guided by my beliefs in art as a gateway to learning and literacy as a pathway to empowerment, today I consider myself “the artist’s editor.”

Engaging with and learning from other professionals in the field is paramount, and I do so through classes, certificate programs, webinars, and conferences offered by organizations such as ACES: The Society for Editing and the Editorial Freelancers Association. Most importantly, I talk with and listen to artists so I can advocate for how and where they want their voices to be heard and their words to be read. My approach is inspired by Constructivist artist Vladimir Tatlin who has been quoted as saying, “Not the old, not the new, but the necessary.

I have edited several books and exhibition catalogs including Bridge ProjectsOtherwise/Revival (Spring 2021), To Bough and To Bend (Summer 2020), A Composite Leviathan (Spring 2020), and Phillip K. Smith III: 10 Columns (Fall 2019); Ariane Roesch’s How to Build: a House, a Life, a Future (Fall 2019); and Pamela Fraser’s How Color Works: Color Theory for the 21st Century (Oxford Press, 2017). I contributed to The Hustle Economy: Transforming Your Creativity Into a Career (April 2016) and continue to write visual art content for magazines such as Arts + Culture Texas and Edible New Mexico, having served as editor or guest editor for each. My writings, interviews, and reviews have been published in Arts + Culture Texas Magazine, Art Lies, Dance Houston, Hyperallergic, and more.

I regularly participate in artist award juries and grant proposal reviews, most recently for the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Fleishhacker Foundation, Creative Capital, and the Harpo Foundation. I have a Certificate in Editing from Poynter and ACES, completed a course in editing at the University of New Mexico, and took part in the Seminar on Strategy for Artist Endowed Foundation Leaders with the Aspen Institute.  In 2007, I received my MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and my BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University in 2001.

In my personal writing practice, I am researching running as activism and am inspired by and indebted to the visionary women leading the way.

Albuquerque, NM

Business phone: 505-252-9983


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Years in the field: 13
Years freelancing: 10


Nancy Zastudil