MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Nicole Fall is an artist-educator who holds BFA (MICA) and MFA (Towson University) degrees in ceramics and sculpture. She was born and raised in Washington DC where she experienced the excitement and the turmoil that was the 1960s. Parts of her childhood were spent in Campuchea (Cambodia) and France. Her work is informed by family trauma, its connection to historical events, and human foibles. She examines the awe inspiring and merciless forces of Nature in the context of the human condition with absurdist humor. Her work is three dimensional made in clay, welded steel and cast bronze ranging in height from a few inches to 25 feet. The aesthetic concepts of color, space, and design are integral to the making.
Her career in education is highly diverse. She was a founding teacher of foundations, sculpture and printmaking at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology (1993-2000). As Community Arts Programs Director for Baltimore Clayworks (2000-2004) she helped implement a satellite site in an urban mall, and managed out of school arts classes in up to 42 sites in metropolitan Baltimore. Ms Fall was an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts at Baltimore City Community College (2004-2012). She currently teaches art in the Baltimore City Public Schools at two Prek - 8th grade schools. She is dedicated to empowering students and seeing equity in access to excellent education.
She was a previous recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant, and a Creative Artists Residency at Philadelphia's Clay Studio through a regional National Endowment for the Arts funded Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant. She was represented by Gallery K in Washington DC (1989-2003) where she had a number of solo shows. She has had an extensive exhibition career regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has participated in well over 100 group and solo shows including the Hanoi College of Fine Arts in Vietnam and Makere University in Kampala, Uganda.
As a result of a lifetime spent teaching and making Ms Fall has been experimenting with making work that is more directly socially interactive; Empower Station took place at the Burning Man sponsored festival, Figment NYC, on Governor's Island in 2013. There she interviewed passersby about their small, everyday actions that empower others and thus enrich their own lives.
Ms Fall continues to examine human nature through teaching and making.