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.
"Nicole has done an excellent job connecting with the kids. They have enjoyed her instruction and we have learned a lot. Nicole was prepared and able to predict issues with production. Nicole received accolades from our administration for her ability to connect with students and facilitate conversations. She has done a phenomenal job during her residency at Lincoln Elementary."
Andrea Caretto, Lincoln Elementary
Nicole Banowetz is available for full or part-time residencies.
Individual workshop and performance prices are determined by each artist. Please contact us for performance and workshop pricing for a particular artist. Visit our Pricing page for other pricing information.
Workshop or Residency for grades 3rd through 12th
Using plastic or mylar and tape students can bring their sculptures to life with air. Students create paper patterns and learn how turn their designs into inflatable sculptures. For younger students we can create 2 sided inflatable creatures that inflate with a box fan, and for more advanced students we can work in groups to make more complex large sculptures and environments, possibly even a science fiction utopia. This workshop can be adjusted in length and complexity for grades 3 to 12.
Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th
My artwork is inspired by the natural world and microscopic imagery in particular. I can show students my own science inspired artwork and bring in an inflatable sculpture for them to see in person. After that we can look at imagery taken from bacteria, viruses, pollen etc… and create our own sculptures. These sculptures can be polymer clay petrie dishes, plaster covered assemblage sculptures, or soft sculptures. This workshop series can be adjusted in complexity for all grade levels.
Public Art Installations for the School
Residency for grades 3rd through 12th
Students can impact their school by leaving a permanent artwork. I can work with the school to help the students create a site specific public artwork for their school. This is a multi workshop project, and the duration is different for each project. We can create a a broken tile mosaic to be mounted to the wall, a soft sculpture installation to fill an entry way or hallway, plaster sculptures to mount on the wall or hang, or many other possibilities. These projects can be designed for all ages, but the tile mosaic is for 3rd grade and older.
Variety of Mediums
Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th
Nicole will complete workshop with students in one of the following mediums: concrete mosaic tiles and sculptures, sun printing, glass ornaments, objects or jewelry, or fabric sculptures.