Nicole Pietrantoni’s artwork explores the complex relationship between human beings and nature. Employing both traditional and non-traditional methods of printmaking, she creates installations, works on paper, and public art. As a Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Scholarship recipient and Fulbright Fellow to Iceland in 2010-2011 she was a visiting artist at the Icelandic Printmakers’ Association where she taught printmaking classes and created a new body of work in Reykjavik. Nicole has been awarded numerous artist residencies in the US and Iceland including the SÍM Residency, Akureyri Artists Residency, and the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust. She was the recipient of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, the Elizabeth Catlett Fellowship, and a public art commission from the University of Iowa Hospital. Her work is in numerous collections and has been in exhibitions nationally and internationally.
In addition to having served on the board of the Southern Graphics Council International, Nicole was the Director of the Visual Art, Craft, and Media Program at the Tennessee Arts Commission from 2003-2007, where she administered grants for artists and organizations and managed the state’s public art program. Nicole received her MFA (with Honors) and MA in Printmaking at the University of Iowa and her BS in Art History and Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She has also taken courses at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute of Art in Florence, Italy, the Penland School of Crafts, and the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio in Scotland.
Nicole was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Montana-Missoula in 2011-12 where she taught printmaking and drawing. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches printmaking and book arts.