I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2014 was a busy and exciting year in the studio. Here is a recap of the year in studio news.
- The year started with a trip north to Casper, Wyoming where I presented at the Casper College Humanities Festival. The interdisciplinary festival, which focused on storytelling, was a highlight of the winter and you can view my lecture, “Gender and Storytelling in Typewritten Portraits,” online.
- One of the most anticipated events of this past year was the release of Barry Tullet’s Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, which included 2 of my works. I was thrilled to have my work appear in the book’s review in the Metro, a daily distributed in the London Metro, as well as sites such as Slate and Brain Pickings. Needless to say, this was great exposure for my work.
- Important collectors saw my work in Typewriter Art. Marvin Sackner contacted me in April and acquired Siobhan (Grimké 1837) for the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, in Miami, FL. Having work in a prestigious collection means that piece is in good hands for the long term.
- The addition of my work to a public collection was complemented by acquisitions to 15 private collections. Thank you all for your support of my work!
- I exhibited work in ten shows in 2014 including a solo exhibition titled A Decade of Text at the Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. Group exhibition highlights include Susanna Coffey of SAIC choosing my work for the Red Clay Survey 2014: Contemporary Southern Art at the Huntsville Museum of Art. I was awarded a $1,000 Merit Award by Linda Benedict-Jones of the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College Art Gallery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Additional exhibition venues included the Evansville Museum in Indiana, the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, the Sleeth Gallery in West Virginia, The Kentucky Museum, and Ellis Walker Gallery in Kentucky.
- In 2014 made an effort to stay connected through social media and started a Facebook fan page that just reached 500 fans this week! Now you can “like” my Facebook page, "follow" @lesnicholsart on Twitter, and "follow" @leslienicholsart on Instagram.
Here is to a great year! Thank you for your support of my studio practice, I am looking forward sharing the New Year with you.