Maureen Nollette

Maureen Nollette

Profile | Statement | Biography


Maureen Nollette • Profile

 

Maureen Nollette

Maureen Nolette finds beauty and inspiration in the everyday: the ordinary, the random, the unremarkable.  Methodical, repetitive and seemingly insignificant actions accumulate to reveal a detailed, finished piece on which the viewer’s eye lingers.  Both clean and calculated yet incredibly complex, her pieces represent the fragile elements of life, the things we can’t touch or hold. 


Nolette’s process is a time-consuming one.  She initially plays with a concept or a material in her studio, discovering something that excites her before following through in a given direction -- anything from painstakingly attaching ribbon with hundreds of pins, to sewing row upon row of perfectly-placed vertical stitches.  Her use of conventional materials causes the viewer to slow down and reconsider what is being viewed and what the final piece may represent.
Nollette’s work has been shown internationally and is held in public collections including Detroit Institute of Art Museum, Yves St. Laurent, MGM Mirage Hotel, j.jill Retail Stores, in addition to private collections.


Nollette has given lectures at School of Visual Arts in NY, Kendall College of Art & Design in MI, and Grand Rapids Art Museum in MI to name a few. She was a Curatorial Board member at Urban Institute of Contemporary Art; thrice a Juror for Scholastic’s Art Awards; curatorial projects include (a)wake, a group show for Women’s History Month and LIMIT(less) at Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. She has a residency at Marble House Project scheduled for September 2016.


Nollette is adjunct faculty member at Kendall College of Art & Design. She holds a MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York, NY; BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MO; and a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from University of Nebraska, NE.


Maureen Nollette • Statement

"Almost all the artifacts that we value as a society were made by or at the order of men. But behind every one is an invisible infrastructure of labor — primarily caregiving, in its various aspects — that is mostly performed by women."
– Debbie Chachra

The position a woman assumes in society is carved out of the very nature of her thoughts, formed by experience and identity, shaped by gender, race and socioeconomics. If she ascribes to the traditional female realm of labor—care-giving in its various forms—she will be debased by our societies gendered history of making. Reinforced by cultural stereotypes, the place this individual occupies will be viewed as minor; partially for the role’s intangible outcome, and partially because of society’s valuing an end product over a process. Labeled “women’s work”, women participating in this arena fall victim to the preeminence of an object-obsessed culture.

Through material, space, and form, my work amalgams divergent philosophies regarding gender and labor. This deconstruction of societal norms, which examines the allocation of labels, and ascribing labor’s worth, has been instrumental in shaping my work.

My material choices shift gracefully based upon the desired outcome; permanence is juxtaposed with temporal to deliver a thought, as frivolous is positioned with cherished to instigate more intimate consideration. Installations, drawings and sculpture all connect to a larger framework which questions social constructs that insinuate debased gender and labor stereotypes.

Using the grid as a visual concept to signify women’s work and modern art simultaneously, I observe the similarities and incongruities. Organized in series, my efforts span the gap of being sensual, subtle and political in any combination.


Maureen Nollette • Biography

EDUCATION

1995    
Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Installation, Queens College of the City University of New York, Queens, New York

1991    
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting/Printmaking, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1986    
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Honorable Ordinaries" (solo), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

"Inked, Pressed, Cut & Sewn", [106] Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"At Home and Further Afield", SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Made Especially for You", Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Governors Island Art Fair", New York City, New York

"Loosely Bound", Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Slightly Obsessive II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Even/End", CultureWorks, Holland, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2013
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"The Not Yet", Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
“25 Year Gala” LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“From Lausanne to Beijing” Beijing, China

“LG-Group” LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“ArtPrize”, (106) Gallery at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“Power of Pattern” LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Acts of Recognition”, Kendall Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Act II” LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“Formative Process” (106) Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Broad Without Walls”, Lansing, Michigan

“Working Toward Invisible”, The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan

2011    
“Come Out and Play” LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“(a)wake”, The Cornerstone Building, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Fall at The Lakeshore” LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“Associations”, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Shift }”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“West Michigan Area Show”, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan
           
“25th International Juried Art Show’, juror: Joan Young, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey

2010   
“Drawing in the Expanded Field”, jurors: Deanna Petherbridge, Howard Riley, Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado

“Governors Island Art Fair”, Governors Island, New York, New York

“Michigan—Land of Riches”, Old Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“West Michigan Area Show”, juror: Gladys Nilsson, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2009   
The Sketch Book Project, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

“Untitled (!esh)”, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“ArtPrize”, Tanglefoot, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Art for Empty Walls”, www.artforemptywalls.com

2008   
“All Area/All Media Statewide Exhibition”, juror: Marjorie Arnett, ArtCenter, Traverse City, Michigan

“Art for Empty Walls”, www.artforemptywalls.com

2007   
“Design Trust for Public Space Art & Design Auction”, Milk Gallery, New York, New York

“Brooklyn Designs”, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York

2004  
“International Contemporary Furniture Fair”, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

2003   
“International Contemporary Furniture Fair”, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

2002   
“International Contemporary Furniture Fair”, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

2001   
“Providence Fine Furniture Show”, Providence, Rhode Island

“International Contemporary Furniture Fair”, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

1999    
“International Contemporary Furniture Fair”, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

1995    
“Made Especially for You”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Paul Klapper Gallery, Queens College of the City University of New York, Queens, New York

1994   
“Art Competition”, The Strouse-Adler, Smoothie Foundation Building, New Haven, Connecticut

“New Directions ‘94: Women 30, Men 17”, Dutchess County Art Association/Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, New York

“12th Annual National Small Works Exhibition”, juror: Jerry Saltz, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, New York

1993    
“Peep Show”, Paul Klapper Gallery, Queens College of the City University of New York, Queens, New York  
        
“Solo Show”, Broadway Cafe, Kansas City, Missouri

1992    
“Group Show”, Yako Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri


LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


2015
Presenter, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013-2014
Artist Demonstration, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scultpure Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012
Presenter, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009-2013 
Member, Curatorial Board, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009-Present 
Member, Collage Art Association   

2010
Juror, Scholastic's Art Awards Regional Exhibition, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009
Presenter, "Current Work", Northern Trust Bank's For Arts' Sake, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presenter, "Slide Wars", ArtPrize, John Widdicomb Trade Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lecture and Workshop, Paper Making, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lecturer, "Understanding Modern Art (1860's-1970's)", Forest Hills Eastern High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2008
Lecture and Workshop, Interactive Artist Demonstration, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
Lecture and Workshop, Plaster Casting, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

1995
Studio Assistant, “Dancing Lessons” Video, Sculptor Maureen Connor, New York, New York

1994
Press Operator, Soho Letterpress, Boutique Printer, New 1998  York, New York

HONORS/AWARDS

2011    
Honorable Mention, 25th International Juried Art Show”, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey

1996    
Alternate, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Award, New York, New York

1995    
Graduate Award in Fine Arts, Queens College at the City University of New York, Queens, New York

1994   
Honorable Mention, 12th Annual National Small Works Exhibition”, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, New York

1989    
Dean’s List, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1986    
Margaret K. Debord Scholarship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

1985    
Sue Wilson Scholarship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

1984  
 
Hazel V. Emely Scholarship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

1983    
Luther Drake Scholarship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

PUBLICATIONS

2013
Joe Becherer, “Artprize 2013 venue review:SiTE:LAB is again a muse for creativity”, mlive.com, 22 September

2012 
Lin Lecheng, Ni Yuehong, Return and Transcendence, From Lausanne to Beijing 7th International Fiber Art Biennale Catalogue, Architecture and Building Press, December 2012: p. 155
  
“25 Year Book”, LaFontsee Galleries

2011    
Holly Bechiri, “(a)wake: Local women artists’ exhibition for Women’s History Month”, The Rapidian, 28 March 2011

2009   
Tommy Allen, “G-Sync”, www.rapidgrowthmedia.com, 22 October 2009

Elizabeth Goddard, “Conversations”, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Fall 2009

Josh Brunsting, “Pair of exhibits encourage comparison, contrast”, 22 November 2009

Tommy Allen, “G-Sync”, www.rapidgrowthmedia.com, 22 October 2009

2007   
Laura H. Ehret, “Nollette Studio branches out to Artwork”, The Dallas Morning News, 2 July 2007

Holly Becker, “Brooklyn Designs 2007: Round up!”, Decor8, 10 May 2007

Regina Yunghans, “Nollette Studio”, Apartment Therapy, 1 February 2007

Linda Merrill, “Surroundings”, Chameleon Interiors, 30 January 2007

Sabine Modder, “Modern Contemporary Art”, Art Moco, 20 January 2007

2006   
Dany Levy, “Hunting+Season”, Daily Candy, 27 November 2006

2003   
Alexa Yablonski, Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid, 2003

Cory O’Malley, “Put it on the Barbie”, July 2003
 
Aric Chen, "Ultra Vegas" Interior Design, July 2003

2002   
Antonine Henrich, “Inview”, July 2002

Alexa Yablonski, Interior Design Spring Market Tabloid, 2002

ID Magazine ICFF Preview 2002, ID Magazine, May 2002

2001   
Alexa Yablonski, Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid, 2001

Suzanne Rodriguez, “At the Artist’s Table–White Nights”, Gourmet, March 2001

2000  
“Room Service”, MBA Jungle, September 2000

1994   
Florence Schetzel, “New Direction in Gender…and Clothes”, The Poughkeepsie Journal, 7 October 1994