MFA Summer Lecture Series: Gerald Nichols

CBS Auditorium

The MFA in Studio Art program presents its 19th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists, faculty and alumni June 24 - August 14. For more information, contact MFA Program Director Erin Boyle at or MFA Program Coordinator Gwendolyn Kurtz at

In the words of Gerald Nichols, "My first experience of artifice occurred in a chicken coop. I stayed at my grandparents' Ohio farm for a week each summer beginning when I was 5 years old. I was given the chore of collecting the freshly laid eggs. Unlike William Carlos William's 'plums in the icebox,' the eggs were quite warm. All but one, which was as cold as glass. Because it was made of glass."

Gerald's undergraduate study was at the Cleveland Institute for Art, followed by graduate and post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was TA to Neil Welliver, teaching Louis Kahn’s architecture students figure drawing and perspective systems.

As a founding member of Nexus Gallery Collaborative, he exhibited installations annually, which led to a solo exhibition at the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy, to a improvisational group performance with Bricolage Theater Company, and to residing and exhibiting in NYC while teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts.

He currently lives in New Jersey, 55 miles west of the Holland Tunnel.

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