Elisabeth Nickles is a mixed media sculptor living in Philadelphia. She has produced bodies of work in bronze, glass and paper. She attended the Boston Museum School and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and in 2007 received an MFA from Alfred University. Her work has recently been shown at the Philadelphia Airport, Schmidt Dean Gallery and Exit Art. Her recent large scale commissions include pieces for the SEPTA Arts in Transit program as well as a large wall sculpture for the offices of The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia.

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NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY 2007
Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 1999
Certificate of Fine Arts, Sculpture

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1991
Diploma of Fine Arts, Painting

EXHIBITIONS  Solo and two-person

2014                 Cultigens: Exhibition as Artist in Residence at Winterthur. Chris White Gallery, DE

2013                 Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA-Underwater

2012                 Esther Klein Science Center, University City, PA Biophelia

2010–2011      Philadelphia International Airport – Art and Exhibitions Program.  Ocean Within

2007                Fosdick Nelson Gallery at Alfred University, Alfred, NY. MFA Thesis Exhibition: Esophoria

2004                Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  Recent Glass Sculpture

2004                University of the Arts Sculpture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Down in the Hollow

2003                Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. Accumulations

2002                Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Anteverta/Postverta

2000                Artist's House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  Recent Sculpture

1999                 Artist’s House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Recent Paintings and Sculpture:  Greek Travels

1992                 Finkelstein Memorial Library, Nanuet, NY. Paintings and Sculpture

1991                  Bag Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.  Paintings and Drawings

Selected Group

2014                 Traveling Exhibition: Art & Science Collaborations. Aldo Leopold Foundation/Colorado Art Ranch  

2014                 Fiber Biennial – Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA  

2013                 Flying Kite. Philadelphia PA, Transformation Exhibit

2013                 Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, Library of Life                  

2011                  Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, Group Exhibit

2010                 Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA- Creative Correspondance

2009–2010     Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA – In Your Dreams and Paperworks!

2009                Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE – The Landscape Within Her

2009                The Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA – Self As Animal

2007                Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY – Alfred on 25th

2006                Exit Art, New York, NY – City Lights: NEON ART

2006                Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE – Oink, Moo, Baa: Animals in Art

2005                Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Group Exhibition

2005                Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Group Exhibition

2004                11th Annual International SOFA EXPO, Chicago, IL – Represented by the Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2004               Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle, WA – Cast Glass Sculpture by Pilchuck’s 2003 Emerging Artist in Residence

                        Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA – Dear Fleisher – benefit to raise money for the free-tuition program             

2004               Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA – 26th Annual Auction

                        Yellow Bird Gallery, Newburgh, NY – Group Exhibit

2004               Long Beach Island Foundation, NJ – Group Exhibit

2004               Washington Square, Washington, DC – Philadelphia Sculptors

                       Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY – 100 x 100, Benefit Show

                       Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Monumental Micros, Philadelphia Sculptors

2003               Gallery 402, NYC, NY, Townson Commons Gallery, Townson, MD – Remembering 9/11

2002               Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Group Exhibition

2002               The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY – Group Exhibition

2002               Schmidt/Dean, Philadelphia, PA – Hooters and Peckers – Birds in Art

2001                Marsha Child Contemporary Fine Art, Princeton, NJ – Portrait Exhibition

2001               Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA – 61st Annual Exhibition

2001               Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Plant Life  – Group Exhibition

2000              Marsha Child Contemporary Fine Art, Princeton, NJ – Group Exhibition

2000              Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Annual Exhibition

1999                Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA – The Bird Show 99, Space 1026, "Lay of the Land"

1998                F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Group Exhibition

1998                Mercer Community College, Trenton, NJ – Figuration Reconsidered


2010 – Present  
Villanova University Radnor, PA
Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Painting

2010 – 2011
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct Faculty, 3D Foundations

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Art Futures Program, Artist in Residence Neumann/ Gioretti High School.

Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Workshop Artist for the Porchlight Initiative at Project Home

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Instructor, Painting and Sculpture

Oasis Arts & Education, Philadelphia, PA
Sculpture/mixed media instructor


Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA 
Adjunct 3-D Faculty, Sculpture

Delaware Center for Contemporary Art
Community Artist in Residence with Big Sisters of DE: The Landscape within Her
Created workshop, exhibition and video to foster self-esteem in pre-teen girls.

Oasis Arts & Education, Philadelphia, PA
Self as Animal – Sculpture Project as Artist in Residence


Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville, NY
Sculpture and Drawing Instructor, Special Community Classes
Designed workshop for the visually impaired,
Boces Sculpture instructor for HS students, Art and Literature Workshop

2006 – 2007

Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Liberal Arts Drawing Instructor, Teachers Assistant to Ron Lambert, Sophomore Mixed Media/ Paper Sculpture Judy Strahota,
Sophomore Wood; Glenn Zwegherdt, Foundry and Stone

2004 – 2005           

Tyler School of Art, Cheltenham, PA
Summer Faculty, Foundry Instructor

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct 3-D Faculty. Figure Sculpture and Thesis advisor

2003 – 2004

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Adjunct Faculty, Sculpture, Continuing Education

2000 – 2005

Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA – Adjunct Faculty, Sculpture and Drawing in Free Tuition Program

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Visiting Artist and Lecturer in Sculpture

Main Line Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Beginning Sculpture Instructor

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – Foundry Assistant for Gary Weisman 


2013 – 2014            Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library Artist in Residence/ Exhibition. Wilmington, DE  

2013 – 2014            New Courtland Artist Fellowship. Community based art making and exhibit with     Philadelphia seniors and teens.

2013                       Aldo & Leopold Artist in Residence at Monomoy Wilderness – A Wilderness & Science Art Collaboration through Colorado Art Ranch

2012                       MuraLAB and Breadboard Artist in Resident at NextFab , Philadelphia, PA

2011                       Women’s Studio–Workshop Possibilities in Sculptural Papermaking, scholarship for class

2009                      Delaware Center for Contemporary Art – The Art and Community Visual Arts Residency Program 

2009                      Oasis Arts & Education – Artist in Residence­ – Self as Animal  – Sculpture Project

2004                      Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center

2003                      Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA – Emerging Artist in Residence

2003                      Vermont Studio Center – Sculpture Fellowship

1992                       Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY – Residency 


2012                       Blue River. Finalist for Columbia Avenue Connector Project for the Delaware River Corp, Philadelphia, PA

2011                        Rhizomatic Plateaus. Commission for The Reinvestment Fund at 1700 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

2011                        Cobbs Creek Constellation. SEPTA Arts in Transit: Public Art for 63rd Street and Market, Philadelphia,

2009                      Cat’s Cradle: Outdoor bronze commission for Dr. Jan Gordon, Gladwyne, PA

2008                      Bird Trees: Model Making and Design for Floss Barber Fine Art and Client, Philadelphia, PA

2007                       Donkey Totem: Outdoor commission for Dr. Richard Tobey, Philadelphia, PA

2004                       Bridge Crossing: Finalist for the Girard Crossing Public Art Competition, Philadelphia, PA

2002                       Bird Tree: Collaboration with Ruby Westcoat. 40' steel tree with bronze birds ranging from 1' to 3'. Commission for the atrium at 935 1st Avenue, King of Prussia, PA. Certified Green Building. 



Leeway Foundation – Art and Change Grant, awarded for Art in the Garden project with local children


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for The Arts, JP Morgan Chase Foundation – Artist & Communities grant and funding for Residency at Delaware Center for Contemporary Art

2005 – 2007

Alfred University

·    Full Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

·    Pennsylvania Governor's Award


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

·    The J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Travel Scholarship for Independent Study in Europe

·    The Thouran Prize for Scupture

·    The Stimson Prize for Sculpture

·    The Cecilia Beaux Memorial Prize for Painting

·    The Benjamin Lanard Memorial Award for Painting

·    The Melvin Paul and Pearl Miller Carpel Award for Drawing

·    Perez and Mary Epstein Prize for Sculpture

·    The Arthur DeCosta Prize for Painting

·    The Violette De Mazia Memorial Scholarship


Art, Science and the City March 18, 2013

Library of Life March 11, 2013

Chestnut Hill Local November 2, 2012

Without Walls: Works from the muraLAB/Breadboard Residency  April 27, 2012

Art Foundation Catalog 2011

Finding Found Art in Airports February 7, 2011

Fallon, Roberta “Chicken of the Sea and Other Delicious Public Art Treats,” The Artblog- online magazine, April 20, 2011

Fallon, Roberta “Sea and Be Seen at Philadelphia International Airport,” Philadelphia Weekly, April 20, 2011

Lu, Adrienne. “A program gets children and parents making art together,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2011

Donohoe, Victoria “Sculpture honors children and a doctor” The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 21, 2009

Wright, Reggie “Delaware Tonight,” interview about project and residency at DCCA.  Aired on WHYY, July 2, 2009

Kelly, Paula. “The Landscape Within,” published in The News Journal, July 9, 2009

Kipp, Rachel “Creative Staying Power,” Sunday News Journal, April 5, 2009

Rosof, Libby “Materials,” Artblog online magazine, June 5, 2004

Fallon, Roberta “City of Glass,” Philadelphia Weekly. February 11. 2004

Fallon, Roberta “Glass Menagerie,” Artblog online magazine, February 12, 2004

Smetzer, Dave “Emerging Artists in Residence from Pilchuck,” Glass Talk Radio, January 20, 2004.

Green, Cathy “Tree of Birds,” Preview Magazine, Summer 2003