Inside the Artist's Studio: Nicole Banowetz


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Join DPL and Think 360 Arts this fall for Inside the Artist’s Studio! This series gives older adults a behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s life, vision, and business. Local artists will take you on a dive deep into the art-making process of many different art forms, live from their studio! Learn, grow, and meet new people with some of the best artists in Colorado today.

About Nicole Banowetz:

Nicole Banowetz is a professional artist working in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She has taught art workshops and youth training programs for over 10 years. Nicole’s workshops range in subject matter and media because she enjoys designing specific programs with each school she collaborates with. She has taught workshops with youth in inflatable sculpture, soft sculpture, photographic sun printing, site specific installation, found object assemblages, mosaics, product design, puppets, wearable sculptures, fused glass, and many others. Nicole believes that art is a powerful problem solving and empowerment tool for youth. The creation of art teaches students how to manipulate materials and achieve satisfying results. Students learn to use their artistic process to communicate ideas about their emotions, personalities, and their communities. Nicole uses art to exert a positive influence on youth.

In Nicole’s personal artwork she creates sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms. Nicole’s work is inspired by the natural world. She addresses human qualities while using the imagery she finds in the animal, plant, mineral, and bacterial worlds. She has made installations inspired by bacteria, parasitic fungus, viruses, radiolaria, rotifers, horses, and rhinos. She designs and sews these forms on her sewing machine, sometimes adding illumination from within, and other times adding delicate sculpted porcelain forms which balance within or on top of the inflatable.

Nicole has lived and worked internationally creating and / or showing work in India, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, Finland, the Netherlands, China, and England. Nicole has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, the Arvada Center, Ironton Gallery, OpenART, Pirate Contemporary, Gray Contemporary, the Denver Art Museum, Saginaw Valley State University Art Gallery, the Breckenridge International Arts Festival and the Kreuzburg Pavilion. Nicole graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture. She has also created large scale mosaic work in Chandigarh, India at Nek Chand’s Fantasy Rock Garden.

Nicole enjoys working with each school to create unique workshops catered to the students needs. The following workshops are some broad examples of what is possible.


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