b. 1980, lives and works in Virginia



2018   Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA, "Shape Shifting"

2015   Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Marinette, Marinette, WI, "Site Cycle: Moments and Versions"

2015   Rueff Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, "Site Cycle: Moments and Versions" 

2015   Twelve21 Gallery, Orlando, FL, "Deconstructing Reality" 

2013   Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, "Neon Planar" 

2012   COOP, Nashville, TN, "Space Spells" 

2011   Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, "Site/Schema" 

2010   Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA, "Alternating Realities" 

2009   Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, "Debriscapes" 


2024   Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, "The Art of Collage"

2023   Slow Ready, The Gallery, Cheriton, VA, "Works on Paper"

2023   Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA, "ThinkSmall 12"

2023   The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Glen Allen, VA, "Environment at Risk"

2023   Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, "Teeny Tiny Trifecta"

2023   The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE, "Color Speaks"

2023   Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, "The Barlow Gilotty Collection"

2022   Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA, "FEAST!"

2022   Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN, "Nocturne"

2022   Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo, IN, "Drawn"

2022   Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI, "Small Worlds"

2022   Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, "Art of the South"

2022   BUOY Gallery, Kittery, ME, "Garden Party"

2022   Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN, "Wax & Wane"

2021   Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, "Made in Virginia"

2021   Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, "Heatwave" (virtual)

2021   Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD, "32nd National Drawing and Print Exhibition"

2021   Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, VA, "The Things We Build"

2020   St. Louis Artists' Guild, Clayton, MO, "New Perspectives in Drawing and Painting" (virtual)

2020   LBIF of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ, "Works on Paper 2020: National Juried Exhibition"

2020   Gallery5, Richmond, VA, "Dreams" (virtual)

2020   The Broad Gallery for Women in the Arts, Richmond, VA, "She Blooms in the Winter"

2019   James Oliver Gallery/HOT•BED Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, "Summer Rush"

2019   McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, "Strictly Painting 12"

2019   Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, "Juxtaposition: Contemporary Collage"

2019   Plant Zero Project Space, Richmond, VA, "Environment at Risk"

2019   Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI, "Fresh Cuts: The Art of Papercraft"

2018   Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA, "Young + Artful"

2018   Art File/Works on Paper, Montclair, NJ, "Inaugural Exhibition"

2018   Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center, Hampton, VA, "Virginia Artists 2018"

2018   Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, "Exhibition 280"

2018   Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, "Sign of the Times: Fellows' Invitational Exhibition"

2018   Maitland Arts and History Museum, Maitland, FL, "Women of the Research Studio: Past and Present"

2017   Daegu Arts Center, South Korea, "15th International Exchange Exhibition of AOH"

2017   Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, "Homeward Bound" 

2017   1708 Gallery/ Black Iris, Richmond, VA, "Cabin Fever"

2016   Linden Row Inn/ 1708 Satellite Space, Richmond, VA, "Art Among the Ruins"

2016   Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, "Funhouse: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre"

2016   Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA, "EMERGING IV"

2016   Grand Gallery, McNeese University, Lake Charles, LA, "29th Annual McNeese Works on Paper"

2015   The Gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge, Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, VA, "Material/Method: Contemporary Practices in Painting"

2015   FAB Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, "Space Jam"

2015   Sediment, Richmond, VA, "The Soul and the Pawn Shop"

2015   Artisphere, Arlington, VA, "Washington Project for the Arts' SELECT: 2015"

2014   Tephra Institute for Contemporary Art, Reston, VA, "LineWorks: Drawing Redefined" 

2014   Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, "Ecstatically Quiet"

2014   Gallery5, Richmond, VA, "Rhythm: Fall Line Fest Juried Exhibition"

2014   Project 4, Washington, DC, "Centerfold Artist"

2014   Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, Arlington, VA, "CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art"

2013   Volume, Bethlehem, PA, "Volume Recap Show"

2013   Alter Space, San Francisco, CA, "Practicing to Pretend"

2013   Delicious Spectacle, Washington, DC, "Unfettered"

2013   Volume, online exhibition, "Building Black"

2012   McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, "Edges and Grids"

2012   Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland, "The Sum of the Parts"

2011   Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA, "Episodic Narrative"

2011   Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA, "Radius 250"

2010   Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, "RE-VISION: American University Alumni"

2010   1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, "Monster Drawing Rally"

2010   Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA, "New Waves 2010"

2009   Artspace, Richmond, VA, "Think Small 5: Biennial Miniature Art Invitational"

2009   Transformer/X-Initiative, New York, NY, "No Soul For Sale"

2009   New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, Mid-Atlantic States #81

2009   Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, "RESULTS"

2008   Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, DC, “Quasi-Painting”

2008   F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, PA, “Grand Small Works”

2008   Transformer and Heineman Myers, Washington, DC, “Paper Trail”

2008   Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC, “Quart Bag”

2008   Paperwork Gallery, Baltimore, MD, “Paper Airplane”

2008   Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, "NINE"

2006   Gallery5, Richmond, VA, “Urban Scrawl”


2023   Fellowship for Works on Paper, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Richmond, VA

2021   Purchase Prize, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD

2020   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Artist Relief Fellowship, Richmond, VA

2020   WINDOWS by Golden Triangle BID, Washington, DC

2017   Artist Residency at Maitland Arts & History Museum, Maitland, FL

2016   Artist Residency at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA 

2015   Adjunct Research Assistance Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2014   Artist Residency at Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY

2010   First Runner Up in New Waves 2010, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA

2009   Best In Show, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA

2009   Mellon Research Grant, American University, Washington, DC

2009   Wolpoff Purchase Award, American University, Washington, DC

2006   Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD

Capital One Corporate Art Collection, Richmond, VA

Katzen Museum, American University, Washington, DC


Washington Post, Kriston Capps, "AU Museum Spotlights Two of the D.C. Art Scene's Keenest Observers," March 14, 2023.

NOT REAL ART, Morgan Laurens, "Q+Art: Dimensional Drawings: Nikki Painter Constructs Tiny, Self-Contained Worlds," November 29, 2021.

All She Makes Magazine, Issue 3, Erika B. Hess, “Studio Visit Interview with Nikki Painter,” November, 2021.

VEER Magazine, Betsy DiJulio, "Outstanding Winter Exhibitions at VA MOCA," December 15, 2021.

Commonwealth Times, Aaron Royce, ""She Blooms in Winter" plants garden-worthy art in The Broad Gallery," February 4, 2020.

The Hi-lo, Virginia Broersma, "Survival of the Artist: We are each other's Human Resources," January 6, 2020.

Shockoe Artspeak, Ryan Lauterio and Garreth Blackwell, "Shape Shifting: a Talk with Nikki Painter," iTunes, February 6, 2019.

Orlando Weekly, Richard Reep and Jessica Bryce Young, "Orlando's 2018 exhibitions snapped our eyes wide open," December 26, 2018.

Orlando Weekly, Richard Reep, "At the Maitland Art Center, the future is female- and so is the past," January 17, 2018.

Just Add Watercolor: Inspiration and Painting Techniques from Contemporary ArtistsHelen Birch, Chronicle Books, 2015.

Orlando Weekly, Jessica Bryce Young, "Nikki Painter Deconstructs Reality Friday Night at Twelve12 Gallery," February 4, 2015.

East City Arts, Eric Hope, "East City Art Reviews: WPA SELECT at Artisphere," February, 2015.

Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “In the Galleries: At Greater Reston Arts Center, no straight lines,” December 26, 2014.

Trop Mag/ Centerfold Artist, Annette Isham and Zac Willis, "Ms. December, Nikki Painter," December 18, 2013.

Washington City Paper, Louis Jacobson, “Neon Planar and Offerings at Civilian Art Projects: Two DC artists find occasional beauty in decay,” September 2013.

Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art, Helen Birch, Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2013. 

San Francisco Arts Quarterly Online, Matthew Marchand, “Practicing to Pretend at Alter Space, San Francisco, Part 2 of 2,” August, 2013.

Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “Journeys to the Intersection of Mind and Matter,” January 31, 2013.

Washington Post, Michael O’Sullivan, “Going Out Guide Art Review: The Sum of the Parts,” March 8, 2012.

Volume, "Nikki Painter (interview)," September, 2011.

Washington Post, Mark Jenkins, “Land artists’ works on paper show larger site-specific endeavors,” October 6, 2011.

New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic States Competition #81, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, April 2009.

BMORE ART, “Quasi-Painting at Randall Scott Gallery,” December 2008.


2009 - 2007  MFA in Studio Art, American University, Washington, DC

2002 - 1998  BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA