New Impressions travels to NERAM in Armidale, Australia

Leslie Nichols , Typeface , Handset Wood Type Letterpress

Leslie Nichols, Typeface, Handset Wood Type Letterpress

New Impressions, a traveling exhibition of letterpress printing, is on display at The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM).

New Impressions is an international juried exhibition from the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The display showcases creativity and exploration of the artform of letterpress printing techniques and features artists from Australia, Europe and America. The aim of this project is to encourage artists to use this age-old tradition in challenging and inspirational ways to continue the love of printing. Leslie Nichols' print Typeface is on display in this traveling exhibition.

The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is a living museum of national significance located in Armidale in the heart of the New England North West region of New South Wales.

The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
A NERAM Print Room Exhibition:
New Impressions
Armidale, Australia
Feb 11—April 30, 2017

Evansville Museum Purchase

Leslie Nichols Zion National Park

"In the Cool of the Canyon" is now a part of the permanent collection of the Evansville Museum. This typewritten work on paper was awarded a Member’s Purchase Award at the 58th Mid States Exhibition.

I made "In the and Cool of the Canyon" as an Artist-in-Residence for Zion National Park in Utah. Each element, including the text, the portrait subject, and the background color, come from time I spent in the archives, on the trails, and interacting with people in the park. My partner, artist Mike Nichols, joined me to hike some of Zion’s most iconic trails including The Narrows, a hike following the Virgin River, where this pose was captured. Hand-printed layers of acrylic paint form a subtle field of color for the text and figure to emerge. To create the image, I typed artist and explorer Frederick Dellenbaugh’s words published in a 1904 edition of Scribner's Magazine describing the "immense prodigality of color" of Zion Canyon.

"58Tth Mid-States Art Exhibition"
Evansville, IN
Dec 10-March 5, 2017

Uncommon Materials

Pia (Butler 1988)" 9.5 x 9.5,” Typewritten Ink on Paper


LeMieux Galleries is pleased to present a group show entitled Uncommon Materials during the month of October 2016. The exhibition will open with a reception on Art for Arts’ Sake, Oct. 1st from 6-9 p.m., and will run through October 29, 2016.

Uncommon Materials explores the work of artists from across the US who use unusual methods and materials in their work. From thread to typewriters, the artists featured push the boundaries of traditional art making methods. The exhibition will feature LeMieux Galleries artists as well as some new faces to the gallery. Artists include: Theresa Honeywell, Shannon Landis Hansen, Patricia Rodriguez, Stephanie Metz, and Leslie Nichols. Leslie Nichols will exhibit new typewritten works from her Textual Portrait series in Uncommon Materials.


New Impressions features work by Leslie Nichols

Leslie Nichols , Typeface , Handset Wood Type Letterpress

Leslie Nichols, Typeface, Handset Wood Type Letterpress

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum will exhibit Leslie Nichols's print Typeface in the exhibition New Impressions. This international juried exhibition will showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. Following exhibition at Hamilton, the show travels to Design College Australia in Brisbane for a one-month display

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is dedicated to wood type preservation, study, production, and printing with their collection of of more than 1.5 million pieces of wood type and blocks. From this age-old tradition, Hamilton strives to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing.


Two Rivers Wisconsin
May 11-June 30, 2016

Brisbane, Australia
Fall 2016



Best of Show

Typeface was awarded Best of Show in the US Bank Show at The Kentucky Museum!! It is an honor to have this intimately-scaled letterpress print chosen for the highest award in this community celebration of visual art.

KFW Artist Enrichment Grantee

I am proud to announce that I have been awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women! I will use this grant to create and exhibit large-scale portraits of women who are social activists, cultural workers, and artists in south central Kentucky. 

KFW supports inspiring artists who find diverse and innovative ways to further their own artistic development while creating art for positive social change throughout the state. To learn more about the exciting projects funded this year visit the grantees page of the KFW website.

2015 Studio Recap

Happy New Year! 2015 was an exciting year in the studio. From international publications featuring my typewritten portraits to traveling to vastly different regions in the United States for artist residencies, here is a recap of the year in studio news!

  • My website had record numbers of visitors this year—thanks for visiting! International press introduced my work to people from all over the world. Highlights include: Women You Should Know, "Artist Creates Portraits Of Modern Women On A Manual Typewriter With Historic Feminist Texts"; TheToronto Star, “Traditional artist uses typewriter to peck out portraits,” ; My Modern Met, “Images of Contemporary Women Revealed through Textual Portraits,”; The Record, “It’s written on her face,”; and, in languages I cannot read such as this feature from N’olmuş? In Turkey.
  • Thames and Hudson published The Art of Typewriting, featuring work from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, in October. I am honored to have work included in the Sackner Archive and to be included in The Art of Typewriting. In this authoritative publication, the founders of the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the largest such collection in the world, apply their experience, mining the collection they have created over four decades to present examples produced by more than 200 of the world’s finest typewriter artists.
  • Another exciting publication, The International Drawing Annual 9, included my piece Neli (Anzaldúa 1987). This survey of contemporary drawing is available for purchase through Manifest Press and includes 116 works by 82 artists from 30 states, Washington D.C., and 7 countries including South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands, France, England, Canada, and the United States.
  • Artist Residencies were an exciting part of the year for my studio work. You can see pictures and read about my time as an NEA Studio Grant recipient on WSW's blog, "My Dear Sister: Leslie Nichols in the Studio." I loved working in their letterpress studios and interacting with the community of resident artists, interns, and staff for six weeks this fall. The Hudson Valley, where the workshop is located, is famously beautiful in the fall, and it did not disappoint. In addition to the productive and inspired studio time, I was able to hike around the workshop and in the Catskills and Gunks. 
  • I spent the month of April in another stunning environment—Zion National Park! As Artist-in-Residence for the park, I stayed in the historic Grotto cabin and spent my time exploring the park environment while learning about the history and people. The work of my residency focused on the social and historical relationship of people and the park. You can see my visual depictions of people that "make" Zion National Park on my website. While I was in residence, I gave two public lectures, one at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah and one at Southern Utah Universities in St George, Utah.
  • In conjunction with my two residencies my work is included in two more public collections, in the archives at Women’s Studio Workshop and the Museum of Zion National Park. These public collections were complemented by acquisitions of 18 pieces to private collections. Thank you all for your support of my work!
  • 2015 included two solo shows of my work. My exhibition in the highly trafficked Corridor Gallery at Western Kentucky University generated many conversations at the university and the intimate gallery at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York was perfect for viewing my text-based pieces.
  • Including the 2 solo shows, I exhibited work in 12 shows in 2015. Group exhibition highlights include The Writing on the Wall at The Painting Center in New York City and Women in Art: Herstory at LH Horton Jr Gallery on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College in Sockton, California. I am currently seeking relationships with commercial galleries and I exhibited work in group shows at David Lusk Gallery in both Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. My work is currently represented at Ellis Walker Gallery in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where I exhibited in the 12 by 12 exhibition. Additional exhibition venues included the Downing Museum, the Kentucky Museum, and the Eichold Gallery on the campus of Spring Hill College.
  • I continue to make an effort to stay connected through social media and you can “like” my Facebook page, "follow" @lesnicholsart on Twitter,  and "follow" @leslienicholsart on Instagram.

Thank you for your support of my studio practice this year! I am looking forward the New Year and hope you stay tuned for some exciting news to start 2016.

Leslie Nichols

Leslie Nichols printing "My Dear Sister" at Women's Studio Workshop

Leslie Nichols printing "My Dear Sister" at Women's Studio Workshop