Nicole Akstein
// Exhibition //


This exhibit presents a selection of photos taken between 2004 and 2011 while I lived in the United States, Brazil and India. They are images of children and older people, but also of my family and friends, compiled to highlight inter-generational relationships. No matter where in the world, communities are not that different, and societies tend to undervalue what the younger and older generations can offer.

January 3 - 28, 2017

La Ka'fête ô mômes
53 Montée de la Grande-Côte
69001 Lyon
FALL 2015
//Group Exhibition//

Instruction: Artwork by Lyndon House Arts Center Faculty

Featuring works by Juan Alonso, Stanley Bermudez, Jamie Calkin, Nicole Akstein, Sylvia Dawe, Juana Gnecco, Kira Hegeman, Mark Helwig, Michaela Hobbs, Michael Siporin Levine, Peter Loose, Barbara Mann, Erin McIntosh, Panda Parkes, Marianne Parr, Courtney Poole Pendergrast, Frank Saggus, Mary Scherer, Chris Taylor, Charles Warnock, Amanda Whitsel and more.

October 31 - November 19, 2015
Reception: November 19, 6-8PM

Lyndon House Arts Center
293 Hoyt Street
Athens, GA 30601

//Featured Work Online//

Mother, Mãe featured on Light Leaked, an online photography journal founded and edited by photographer Ashley Kauschinger.

//Student Exhibition//

UP CLOSE: Creative Teens Earning Green go INSIDE OUT

October 2015
Madison, GA

Students from Morgan County Crossroads School explore their place in the community: "We come from all over the world and we carry our heritage with strength and dignity, but we are all human. We all have feelings and face different challenges, and together our diversity is strong. We can be self-confident and equal. We are who we are.”

As the Arts Outreach Coordinator for the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA), I have involved middle & high school students in our Creative Teens Earning Green program in the Inside Out Project, a global participatory public art project. Students' large-scale black & white portraits will be exhibited on buildings in downtown Madison.

Student Reception: October 2nd, 1pm
Downtown Madison's First Friday Event Opening: October 2nd, 5-7pm (STMA event table will be at the corner of 1st St. & Jefferson St.)

Up Close can be viewed online here.
Use #CTEGInsideOut to follow the project on social media.

//Group Exhibition//

One to Three: Works by Greg Strelecki, Angelina Bellebuono & Nicole Akstein
Three local photographers closely allied with the museum exhibit individual works having various thematic ties to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art.

June 13th - August 8th
Reception: Saturday, June 13th, 3-5PM

Steffen Thomas Museum of Art
4200 Bethany Road
Buckhead, GA 30625
(706) 342-7557

Exhibition Press in Lake Oconee News, by Beverly Harvey, June 2015

//2014-2015 AthFest Educates Grant Recipients//

Press for our project in the Flagpole!: "AthFest Educates Grantee Brings Shadow Puppetry to Pinewoods", by Jessica Smith

Workshops: April 29th, 30th & May 1st
Performance: May 2nd

Pinewoods Library & Learning Center
1465 U.S. 29
Lot G-10
Athens, GA 30628

In collaboration with the Athens-Clarke County Library, we received an AthFest Educates grant to fund an after-school shadow puppetry program at the Pinewoods Library with elementary school students from the Pinewoods community in the spring. View more information and full list of recipients and programs here

Recipients were also announced in the Athens Banner-Herald Online

//Group Exhibition//

28th Annual Printmaking & Book Arts Juried Student Exhibition
Lamar Dodd School of Art
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

March 5-26, 2015
Reception: March 26, 6-8PM

Awards Juror: Atlanta Artist Terri Dilling

//Joint Exhibition//

Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta, GA
A joint show curated by Chanel Kim featuring multi-media work from Meredith Kooi and Nicole Akstein

Kibbee Gallery presents Close, an exhibition guest-curated by Chanel Kim featuring works by Atlanta-based artists Nicole Akstein and Meredith Kooi. Akstein and Kooi show previously unexhibited photography, mixed media pieces, and site-responsive installations with new bodies of works Mother, Mãe and Enstranged Spaces, respectively.

March 7-28, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, March 7th 6-10PM
Artist & Curator Talk: Saturday, March 21, 3-5PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 28, 7-9PM

Some notes from Jerry Cullum on the show and talks on his blog here
Q & A with curator Chanel Kim and writer Andrew Whitten from ATLtoDo here

FALL 2014
//Group Exhibitions//

OCAF Small Works Exhibition
OCAF Arts Center, Watkinsville, GA

Three mixed media pieces featured among various local artists in the annual juried group exhibition at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF).
October 10th - November 14th, 2014.
Opening Reception: October 10th, 6-8pm
Featured Juror: Beth Sale, Director of Art Galleries for the University of North Georgia.

//Online Publications//

October, 2014
Featured photographs in FLAUNT Magazine's Robotripping online blog spotlight on Athens, GA here

October, 2014
Feature on BOOOOOOOM exhibits Mother, Mãe work. Check it out here

//Group Exhibitions//

Lyndon House 39th Juried Exhibition
Lyndon House Arts Center
Athens, GA

March 9th - May 3rd
Opening Reception: March 9th, 2-4pm
Featured Juror: Gilbert Vicario, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

Three photographs from the Mother, Mãe series (Lips, Wash & Garden) exhibited alongside 124 artworks selected out of 478 works submitted from artists in the Athens area.

Student Juried Exhibition
Lamar Dodd School of Art
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA

January 31st - February 10th
Opening Reception: January 31st, 6-8pm
Featured Juror: Hope Hilton

//Solo Show//

BETWEEN PASSAGES: Color Photographs
January 26 - March 16, 2014
Opening Reception, January 26th, 6-8pm
WonderRoot Gallery
Atlanta, GA

For the months of January through May 2011, I lived in the rural northeast of India. I taught art and photography classes to elementary and middle school students at the Pushp Niketan School, located in the Dhampur Sugar Mills in Dhampur, Uttar Pradesh. More than anything else, I was an observer. The images trace my travels in the region, from small surrounding villages in Uttar Pradesh to the deserts of Rajastan in northwest India. The people, animals, and landscapes that make up these images are captured with unanswered feelings of fascination and disillusionment comprising a culture inundated with contradiction.

There are passages in life that seem as if they're between other passages. There may be nothing wrong with them, but they don't have much heft of their own. --John Tarrant


WonderRoot Podcast Interview
Artist Interview

//Student Exhibition//

CLOSE UP: Portraits by Athens area youth
Lamar Dodd School of Art
The University of Georgia
February 6 - 16, 2014

Featured Artists: Pedro Alvear, Jose Avila, Maria E. Avila, Nathan Glushka, Edwin de Paz, Wendy de Paz, Warren Rogers and NyTia Smith

As a current MAEd student in Art Education, I designed and taught area youth using photography and writing as a means of exploring cultural identity. This exhibition is the culmination of my Applied Project and will be held in the Art Education Gallery Feb. 6-Feb. 16. An opening reception will be held on Thursday Feb 6 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Exhibition Photos

//Group Shows//

Curated by Chanel Kim
June 24th, 2012, Atlanta, GA

Featuring emerging local artists: Nicole Akstein, Aubrey-Longley Cook, Henry Detweiller, Nikita Gale, Ashley Hinson, Masha Kouznetsova and Santiago Menendez

Debut of Mother, Mãe


August: India behind me and images posted to site.

May 17th: Arrive back in the U.S. after traveling in India and Thailand.. Images to come.

January 20th: Leave to teach at the Pushp Niketan School in Dhampur, India (Uttar Pradesh) from January - May 2010.

Follow me throughout my journey in India on my blog and to see photographs and journals from my time in Brazil last year.

FALL 2010
//Group Shows//

HOME + LAND: Photographs by Nicole Akstein and Brittany Collins
An exhibition highlighting recent photographic works by Atlanta-based artists, Nicole Akstein and Brittany Collins, depicting two very personal explorations of Brazilian and Kenyan culture.

October 1 - 30, 2010
Gallery Café
3655 Roswell Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30342
This event is in conjunction with The Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival


SLOWEXPOSURES 2010: The Rural South
A national exhibition juried by Jack Spencer and Brett M. Levine
September 17-26, 2010
Opening Reception: September 17, 2010; 2-5pm

Artists include: Nicole Akstein, Jerry Atnip, Anne Berry, Linda Best, Donna Black, Eddie Booth, Matt Bower, David Boyd, Myra Bullington, Margena Burnett, Ken Callaway, Joe Cattoni, Paul Conlan, Myrtie Cope, Cheryl D'Amato, A.E. Davidson, Malgorzata Florkowska, Kenny Gray, Raymond Grubb, Gary Gruby, Nattawut Guname, Rebecca Harlan, Cindy Hodnette, Warren Howell, Julie Ivey, Robert Jones, Owen Jones, Kisa Kavass, Diane Kirkland, Sarah Moffett, Becton Morgan, Suzi McKibben, Wynne Ragland, Brook Reynolds, Breanne Sanders, Anderson Scott, Rob Simmons, Rita Songer, Phillip Spears, John Sumner, Ellen Tew, Colton Vincent, Anne Walker, Chris Walker, Charlotte Weber, Michael Weeks, and Haley West.

JULY: Interview with Spraygraphic
//Group Show//
Serenbe Photography Center: Premiere Exhibition and ACP Serenbe Art Walk
October 9, 2009; 4-8pm
9110 Selborne Lane
Suite 220
Palmetto, GA 30268

Featuring artists from The Photographer's Print Studio: Nicole Akstein, Chet Burgess, William Bolling, Brittany Collins, Emily Cook, Ruth Dusseault, Stephanie Dowda, Tomer Duwek, Jeani Elbaum, Billy Howard, Frank Hunter, Loran Hygema, Otto Kitchens, Kathryn Kolb, Mark Maio, Sean McCormick, Darin Melton, Tom Meyer, Chris Mitts, Bruce Morton, Laura Noel, Judy Pishnery, Brook Reynolds, JD Scott, Marilyn Suriani, Mary Warren, Justin Weaver,Tom Wilson

//BRAZIL//: August - December 2009
Teaching photography..
Student Blog

2008 SHOWS
//Solo Exhibition//

Sylvania; No. 37: Photographs and Installation at The Opal Gallery
Curated by Larry Watts

October 4 - 31, 2008
Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm
484B-2 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA
Event in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Opening event video by Lee Jones

//Group Exhibitions//

KA-CHUNK: An exhibition of medium format photography
Juried by Connie Lewis and Stephanie Dowda
The Opal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
May 3-17, 2008
Opening Reception May 3, 6-9pm

Artists Include: Allyson Ross, Darin Melton, Julie Sims, Travis Dodd, Lee Jones, Meegan McNeer, Stevie Brown, Chris Carder, Michael David Murphy and Nicole Akstein.


SLOWEXPOSURES 2008: The Rural South
A national exhibition juried by Jamie Allen and Mike Smith
September 19-28, 2008
Opening Reception September 20, 1:30pm
Zebulon, GA

Artists Include: Chandra Harris, Vanessa Sanborn, Anna Donlan, Gary Gruby, Bob Jones, James Day, Joanna Knox, Adam Forrester, Dorothy Blum Cooper, Michael Boatright, Amy Higgins, Breanne Sanders, M.J. Sharp, John Sumner, Sarah Moffett, Tom Vadnais, David Simonton, Phil Bisesi, Donna Rosser, Carolina Hall, Jerry Atnip, Margie Willbanks, Matt Bower, Diane Kirkland, Bruce West, Nicole Akstein, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Carla White, Malin Roghelia, Patty Callaway, M.A. Battilana, Daniel F. Piar, Brook Reynolds, Anne Berry, Laura Noel, Nancy Mullis, Greg Huber, Brenda Fayard, W.A. Chamberlain, Colton Vincent, Miss Carolyn at The Rock, Paul Conlan, Vicki Hunt, Sandra Bray, Cynthia Pavey, Ellen Tew, Anna Mary Ellerbee, and Chris Doughtie.
Featured portfolio: FJORD online exhibit and artist space

Mentor Show, The Visual Arts Gallery, NYC March 2007

2006 SHOWS
West Egg Café: Solo show, in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, October 2006

Next Hair Salon: Solo show, June - July 2006, Atlanta, GA
Blender Magazine, October 2008 issue

Atlanta Magazine, featured in October 2007 through December 2008 issues.
Featured spread for "9 Lives", by Rachel Pomerance in February 2008 issue, Downtown.

The Village Voice, 2007