Spero has concentrated on social and political themes in her work.
Participated in Artists and Writers Protest Against the War in Vietnam.
Spero participated in numerous art projects and events addressing political issues.
Participated in The Peace Tower, Los Angeles, CA.
Produced the War Series.
Participated in the Art Workers Coalition.
Participated in WAR (Women Artists in Revolution).
Produced the Codex Artaud.
Spero’s first exhibitions in New York were at AIR, the all women’s cooperative gallery, which she helped, found and was involved with from 1972 on. Solo exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and a traveling retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Produced the series Torture of Women.
Since 1974, she has focused exclusively on images of women.
Participated in Ad Hoc Women Artists’ Committee, and Artists’ Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America.
A traveling retrospective of her work was organized in 1987 by the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.
Leon Golub and Nancy Spero: War and Memory was organized in 1994 by the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts and traveled to The American Center, Paris.
Spero and her husband, Leon Golub were jointly awarded the 3rd Hiroshima Art Prize and retrospective exhibition in 1996.
Spero was the American representative for the 1998 Cairo Biennial.
Spero worked on a commissioned mosaic at Lincoln Center 66th Street subway station.
Receives Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art, Williams College, Williamstown Massachusetts.
Receives Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, Women's Caucus for Art, New York City.
Receives Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, College Art Association, New York City.
Inducted as Member of American Academy of Arts, Somerville, Massachusetts.
Receives Visual AIDS Vanguard Award, New York City.