Russ Nordman was born in Charles City, Iowa in 1960. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991. At Iowa he studied with Hans Breder, an internationally recognized video artist. After graduate school Russ was an artist-in-residence at the Sanitary Fill Company in San Francisco. From 1994 to 1996, Russ Nordman became a Studio Manager for Bill Viola, assisting on numerous works and exhibitions including exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands and at the American Center in Paris.
Later Russ returned to his native state of Iowa to study Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa. While in Iowa, Russ partnered with Hans Breder to form a digital based performance group called “Liminoid Laboratory”. This group performed in a number of places including Experimental Intermedia in New York and at St. Petri Kirche, Dortmund, Germany. In 2001-2002, he was Visiting Professor and Head of the Intermedia and Video Art area in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.
Since 2002 Russ Nordman has been an Associate Professor of Intermedia and Digital Art at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In his work he transforms observations of the ordinary and the everyday into contemplative and imaginary commentary on the human experience. His work has been exhibited across the globe, including the California Museum of Photography, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In 2005 he created Echotrope, a nomadic arts organization, with his artistic partner and wife Jody Boyer. Echotrope aims to expand the presence of experimental film, video and new media art in the midwest.