Nicole Shaver (she/her) grew up along Lake Michigan, where she skipped rocks and watched fishermen gut salmon as a child. Largely inspired by ideas of place and belonging, she researches geographical sites and employs them as metaphorical compasses to navigate the space between reality and fantasy, the banal and the sublime.
She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She has attended artist residencies in Colorado, Iceland, North Carolina, Ohio, Portugal, Vancouver, and Wisconsin, while exhibiting widely throughout the United States and Scandinavia. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and published in New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine.
Shaver is committed to growth of the artistic community in Wisconsin, working as Operations Manager for the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network and founding member of the Rural Midwest Artist Cooperative. She maintains a painting studio in Saukville, Wisconsin, shoots 35mm film, runs, swims and throws rocks when permitted.