As a former Undergraduate Admission Counselor at one of the nation’s top-ranked art colleges, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Nicole brings a deep understanding of art school admissions processes to the Blue Stars team. She also brings an intimate knowledge of the contemporary art world as a practicing artist, and is highly aware of trends affecting artists and art colleges today.
Nicole grew up on the East coast near Atlanta, GA and moved to Baltimore, MD to study painting and illustration, where she earned her BFA and graduated magna cum laude from MICA, and began her career as an artist and admission counselor before moving to the Bay Area.
Nicole has traveled the country visiting high schools and reviewing student work at National Portfolio Days on behalf of MICA. She has coached hundreds of students through building strong portfolios in preparation for admission to top art college and pre-college programs, and helped her students win top scholarships to MICA.
In her own career as a visual artist and painter, she has co-founded a mural painting business, has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Proyecto ‘ace in Argentina, and Creative Paradox in Maryland. Recently, she was the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award, to support new and innovative work from emerging artists in California.
Nicole also explores how professional artists are navigating their creative careers by co-hosting a podcast called Beyond the Studio, about the business of being an artist.