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

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



NEA Studio Residency Grant

I am thrilled that I have been awarded a 2015 NEA Studio Residency Grant from Women's Studio Workshop (WSW). This grant supports a six-week residency in WSW's letterpress studio where I am currently creating work in the medium of letterpress. I hope you will join me, @leslienicholsart, on Instagram where I am posting images and sharing my residency experience. The residency dates are September 21-October 31, 2015. 

In conjunction with my residency, a solo exhibition of my work is on display at the Women's Studio Workshop Gallery from October 1-October 30, 2015.

International Drawing Annual 9

Leslie Nichols Typewritter Art

Neli (Anzaldúa 1987) is featured in the International Drawing Annual 9 published by Manifest Press, Cincinnati. This beautiful publication and survey of contemporary drawing is now available for purchase through Manifest Press. The 192 page publication 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.