Leslie Nichols uses a variety of found and original text to create images. She is well known for her works created on manual typewriters which are featured in Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology by Barrie Tullett published by Laurence King in 2014 and The Art of Typewriting by Ruth Sackner and Marvin Sackner published by Thames and Hudson in 2015.

Nichols has displayed works in over one hundred exhibitions at venues including the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, and the Evansville Museum. Her work is in the following selected public collections: the Sackner Archive of Visual Poetry, H&R Block’s world headquarters, and Liquitex.

Nichols was awarded a 2015 NEA Studio Residency Grant from Women’s Studio Workshop. This grant supported the creation of a new body of work in WSW’s letterpress studio. Additional granting organizations include the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her residencies include Zion National Park, Vermont Studio Center, Hopscotch House, Women's Studio Workshop and Can Serrat.

Leslie earned a BFA in painting from Fontbonne University under the guidance of Tim Liddy and Victor Wang. She has an MA from Western Kentucky University focusing in gender and women's studies. She currently maintains her studio in Bowling Green, Kentucky where she lives with her partner artist Michael Nichols.

GRANTS AND SELECTED AWARDS
Member's Purchase Award, Evansville Museum, 2016
Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, 2015
NEA Studio Residency Grant, Women’s Studio Workshop, 2015
Career Development Grant, American Association of University Women, 2011
Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, 2011
Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, 2010
President’s Purchase Award, Arkansas State University, “2010 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition”        
First Prize, Excellence in Art, Liquitex Artist Materials, 2008    
Public Commission, H&R Block World Headquarters, 2006  
Art Bar Artist, Ithaca Fine Chocolates, 2005
Individual Artist’s Grant, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, 2002    
 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
Women’s Studio Workshop, Letterpress Studio, Rosendale, NY, Six-week residency, Sept-Oct 2015
Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, Four-week residency, April 2015
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Four-week residency, May 2011
Hopscotch House, Prospect, KY, One-week residency, June 2010
Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain, Four-week residency, June 2002
 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS *indicates solo or two-person

2017
Illustrated Word, Kentucky Arts Council, Traveling Exhibition, twelve KY venues

2016
New Impressions: An International Exhibition of Letterpress Printing
    The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI
    Design College Australia, Brisbane Australia
Uncommon Materials, LeMieux Gallery, New Orleans, LA
58th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN
New Works, Ellis Walker Gallery, Bowling Green, KY (three-person exhibition)
The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis and Nashville,TN
Jack Lunt Memorial Exhibition, The Downing Museum, Bowling Green, KY
Past and Present, Ellis Walker Gallery, Bowling Green, KY
This is 50, The Kentucky Arts Council at Kentucky Crafted, Lexington, KY

2015     
*Leslie Nichols, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York, NY
International Drawing Annual 9, exhibition-in-print, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, OH
*Lorum ipsum, Corridor Gallery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Women in Art: Herstory, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA
Face It, Eichold Gallery, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

2014     
57th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
Sixth Annual National Figurative Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA (digital catalogue)
Red Clay Survey 2014: Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (digital catalogue)
Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI
*New Works, Ellis Walker Gallery, Bowling Green, KY    
*A Decade of Text, Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

2013     
From Our Perspectives: A National Women’s Art Exhibition, The Wallace Smith Theatre Gallery, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI (digital catalogue)
Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN
OAG 51st Annual Juried Exhibition, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, KY
*Fowl Play, Hopkinsville Community College, Hopkinsville, KY

2012     
Red Clay Survey 2012: Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (digital catalogue)
Fourth Annual National Figurative Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA (digital catalogue)
*Textual Portraits: Envisioning Social Heritage John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AK          
*Southwest Stratum, Ellis Walker Gallery, Bowling Green, KY
*New Works, Houchens Gallery, Capitol Arts Alliance, Bowling Green, KY

2011     
*Bits and Pieces: Leslie Nichols, Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Covington, KY
International Drawing Annual 6, exhibition-in-print, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, OH
Prints U.S.A., Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (catalogue)
She Said . . . Appleton Gallery at Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
Selections from the INDA 6, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (catalogue)
Inner & Outer Landscape: Contemporary Self-Portraiture and Representation, A.D Gallery, University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
Biannual Juried Show, Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz, KY
Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit, Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
Harlaxton Exhibit, Krannert Gallery, Evansville, IN
*Confluence, Blackburn Visual Arts Center Gallery, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL

2010     
Translations, Fine Arts Gallery, Victoria College, Victoria, TX
from the tongue, Lotus Salon, New York, NY
2010 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (catalogue)
Juried Exhibition, Dorothy Herger Gallery, Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA

2009     
Show and Tell, Desotorow, Savannah, GA
*Opus Stratum, Ridgeway Great Hall, Harlaxton College, Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, England
*New Works, Houchens Gallery, Capitol Arts Alliance, Bowling Green, KY

2008     
Self-Evident: Contemporary American Self-Portraiture, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
*TypeStyle, Drive Gallery, St Louis, MO
Emè Exposition Internationale, Centre Culturel et de la Vie Associative Villeurbann, St. Louis - Lyon Sister Cities Inc., Lyon, France

2007     
National Drawing Annual, exhibition-in-print, Manifest Creative Research Gallery Press, Cincinnati, OH

2006     
Selections from the Flat Files, Contemporary Art Museum-St Louis, MO

2005     
Art Bar Artists Work Exhibition, Bar Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Black + White Invitational, Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA
SUBTEXT, Arts + Literature Laboratory, New Haven, CT

2004     
Birdsall-Lander, Locke and Reuther, Meramec Art Gallery, St Louis, MO
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St Louis, MO
Everything you ever wanted to know about art, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St Louis, MO

2003     
*Double Vision, Bonsack Gallery, St Louis, MO
Selected Works form the Permanent Collection, Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL
Untitled: smaller, cheaper, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St Louis, MO

2002     
*El Bruc Series, The Wind Gallery, El Bruc, Spain
*Oil on Wood, DZINE, St Louis, MO
Five Corners, Mad Art Gallery, St Louis, MO
Venus Envy, IN/FORM, St Louis, MO
 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Baker Arboretum, Bowling Green, KY
Evansville Museum, Evansville, IN
H&R Block World Headquarters, Kansas City, MO
Harlaxton College, Lincolnshire, England
John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Liquitex, Piscataway, NJ
Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami, FL
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
St Louis Community College, Kirkwood, MO
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah
Private Collections in Canada, Norway, Spain, and United States    
 

EDUCATION
2013      MA, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, WKU, Bowling Green, KY
2012      Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, WKU, Bowling Green, KY
2001      BFA summa cum laude, Painting, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO


SELECTED LECTURES AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS                    

2016
Public Lecture and Workshops, Glasgow Middle and High School, Glasgow, KY
Artist Talk, ArtWorks, Inc., Bowling Green, KY

2015                       
Resident Artist Talk, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
Lecture, Art Insights Series, Southern Utah University, St George, UT
Resident Artist Talk, Zion National Park, Canyon Community Center, Springdale, UT
Artist Talk, WKU, Bowling Green, KY

2014                       
Featured Lecture, “Gender and Storytelling in Typewritten Portraits,” Casper College Humanities Festival, Casper, WY
Gallery Talk, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

2013                      
Paper Presented: “Visual Art as a Site of Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities” Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities Symposium, Carroll Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, KY                   
Lecture and Discussion, “Women Writing Women: Gender, Art, and Society,” Institute of Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Bowling Green, KY
Presentation and Workshop, “Writing Portrait Workshop,” Art Education Mini Conference, WKU, Bowling Green KY
Gallery Talk and Workshop, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

2012
Paper Presented: “Textual Portraits: Envisioning Social Heritage,” The 2012 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, session titled: “Picturing Nineteenth Century Women in Black and White” Lexington KY       

2011                       
Resident Artist Talk, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
Workshop, “Calligram Garden Workshop,” Women and Kids Learning Together Camp, WKU, Bowling Green, KY

2009                       
Workshop, “Calligram and Typestyle Portrait Workshop,” Harlaxton College, Grantham, England
Workshop, “Calligram and Typestyle Portrait Workshop,” Art Education Mini-Conference, WKU Bowling Green, KY

2008
Workshop, “Writing Portrait Workshop,” Art Education Mini-Conference, WKU, Bowling Green KY
Framing Lecture, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY Demonstrate and lecture about archival framing methods

2003                       
Graduate Studio Critiques, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburg, KS
Artist Talk, Southwestern Illinois University, Belleville, IL
Artist Talk, John Burrough’s School, St Louis, MO
 

BOOKS AND PERIODICALS
Ruth and Marvin Sackner, The Art of Typewriting. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.
Barrie Tullett, Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology. London: Laurence King, May 2014.
“Leslie Nichols,” POETSartists 42, (January 2012): 26-27. www.poetsandartists.com
“I’m more the drunken slut kind of feminist . . .” (image) Granta Online, June 15, 2011. www.granta.com
Liquitex Artist Acrylic, “Excellence in Art,” Art in America, Aug. 2008.
Steve Smith, “Artist of the Month,” The Artist’s Magazine. August 2005. www.artistsmagazine.com
 

FILM
Kentucky Life, Program 1613. Produced by Cheryl Beckley. KET (April 17, 2011) (Emmy Nominated)
Art on the Block, Producer Daven Gee. KCPT 19 (Aug. 9, 2007) (Documentary)
 

SELECTED NEWS MEDIA
Patty Winsa, “Traditional artist uses typewriter to peck out portraits,” The Toronto Star, (Toronto, Canada), November 26, 2015.
“Artist Creates Portraits Of Modern Women On A Manual Typewriter With Historic Feminist Texts,” Women You Should Know, November 20, 2015.
Kristine Mitchell, “Images of Contemporary Women Revealed through Textual Portraits,” My Modern Met, November 12, 2015.
Chelsea Campbell, "My Dear Sister: Leslie Nichols in the Studio," Women's Studio Workshop, In the Studio. Oct. 30, 2015
Lori Gilbert, “It’s written on her face,” The Record, (Stockton, CA) Feb. 21, 2015.
Kayla Breese, “Northern National Art Competition juror explains the art of judging art,” The River News (Rhinelander, WI), July 24, 2014.
Rick Poyner, “Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter.” The Design Observer. May 28, 2014.
Maria Popova, “A Visual History of Typewriter Art from 1893 to Today,” Brain Pickings. May 2014.
Daniel Binns, “Pictures in text: Is this type of thing the last word in art?” Metro. (London, England), April 21, 2014.
Kristin Hohenadel, “Striking Designs Form the World’s Typewriter Artists.” Slate. April 4, 2014.
Katie Ferriell, “Review: Exploring the Female Perspective,” WKU Herald, (Bowling Green, KY), April 17, 2012.
Elizabeth Hise, “Breaking Routine,” Tableaux, (St Louis, MO) Sep. 2009.
Noon News, interview with Jennifer Blome, KSDK News channel Five, St Louis, Jan. 15, 2007.
David Bonetti, “Artists Celebrate Elliot Smith,” St Louis Post Dispatch, (St Louis, MO), Oct. 2, 2004
Matt Steiner, “Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words,” Montage, (St Louis, MO), Sept. 16, 2004.
David Bonetti, “Women Only,” St Louis Post Dispatch, (St Louis, MO), May 9, 2004.
Rich Krechel, “Newish Kid on the Block,” St Louis Post Dispatch (St Louis, MO), Oct. 2, 2003
Teri Maddox, “A Peak at Treasures,” Bellville News Democrat (Bellville, Il), Jan. 16, 2003

 

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