Nora Chovanec is a graphic designer, multimedia producer, fermenter and environmentalist. Her experience spans work on food systems, species advocacy, environmental justice, globalization, and urban/rural development. She holds a BFA in Fine Art (with concentrations in photography and printmaking) from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BA in International Women’s Studies from Tufts University. Her background includes seven years as a designer and researcher for architect Maya Lin’s science-based art memorial What Is Missing? as well as a diverse catalogue of documentary photography and video stories produced in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Cuba and Uganda. Nora is currently the Director of Marketing and Agriculture for Texas Farmers’ Market, organizer of the Austin Fermentation Festival and Design Director at Travis Audubon.
Nora’s work has been featured on the New York Times, PBS, KUT, Bon Appétit, Domino Magazine, The Kitchn, Food52, Vice Munchies, Fathom, Extra Crispy, Edible Austin, Good Food Jobs, Hogsalt, The Edible Schoolyard and more.
Nora is passionate about helping communities build sustainable practices that support and conserve the natural environment and she believes the space for understanding and change begins with conversation and creativity. Raised an Oregonian, Nora has become a devoted Texan by way of marriage and she loves every season Central Texas has to offer. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband, the Arabic and Turkish scholar Matthew Chovanec, and the family cat, six free-ranging chickens, and a plethora of pollinators in their home garden patch.