Paul M. Nicholson

I use an interdisciplinary approach that employs traditional drawing, painting and photographic processes
in the service of creating objects, installation and public intervention projects. The themes in my work
vary from the explicitly political to the highly personal. My process, however, has remained consistently
focused on exploring how the crafted object functions against the backdrop of shifting cultural, political
and economic landscapes. There’s an aspect of theatricality in my practice, as ultimately, art
is theatre.

Originally from Suva Fiji, Paul grew up in Western New York and earned his MFA from University at Buffalo,
his MS from Buffalo State College, and his BFA from SUNY Fredonia .

Paul is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living and working in Allentown PA, where he is the
Director of Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College. Previously, he worked at Parsons School of Design,
as Senior Advisor for the Fine Art, Photography, and Design & Technology MFA Programs in the School of
Art, Media & Technology. Paul Was also the founder/director of Botanic Gallery, in Brooklyn, Co-founder of
Bushwick Beer Garden, and a Co-Founder of Formula Gallery in Buffalo NY


Permission Structures, Re:Find Gallery, Allentown PA (solo)
Persuasive Devices, Cedar Crest College, Allentown PA (solo, opening September 2018)
Identity Spectrum, curated by Christine Fillipone, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA
Botanical, Curated by Joaquin Goldstein, Local Project Gallery, Long Island City [Queens], NY
Hues of Red and Blue: The 2016 Presidential Election, Allentown Museum of Art
Offense and Dissent, Sheila Johnson Design Center, New York NY
Nurture Art Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery New York NY
Objects of Great Value, Botanic Gallery, Brooklyn NY (solo)
Bushwick Open Studios
Consume this Art Show, New Phoenix Theater, Buffalo NY
The Animal as Signifier, Garage, San Diego CA
Paul Nicholson, Fiji Museum, Suva Fiji (solo)
Stations, Community School of Music and the Arts, Ithaca NY & Wells College Gallery, Aurora NY
Paul Nicholson Wellsville Creative Arts Center, Wellsville NY (solo)
Small works show 440 gallery, Brooklyn NY
Sarah Palin 3rd Ward Election Party, Brooklyn NY
Bushwick Beer Garden; 2008 – present. Co-Creator/Director, Brooklyn NY
Molecules of Emotion, Greenpoint Diagnostic Imaging, Brooklyn NY
Day Job, Parsons Department Fine Art Gallery, New York NY
Beyond/In WNY Albright-Knox Biennial; Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo NY
Beyond/In WNY Albright-Knox Biennial; Rental Sales Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY
Vineyard Art Show, Vineyard, Syracuse NY; Honorable Mention
Provflux 2006 Guest Lecture, Providence RI
Terramorph, One Hour Gallery, Buffalo NY
Unhabit, curated by Eric Fleischauer, one night exhibition of media-based installations held in a vacant building, Pittsburgh PA
The Reflected Pearl, Installation, CEPA Gallery Buffalo NY
The Conservatory TNL gallery, Raleigh, NC
Currency Exchange Zavitz Gallery, Guelph University, Ontario, Canada
Copper Hill APSWNY/C. G. Jung Center Buffalo, NY (solo)
Sensitized Spaces 2.0 CEPA Gallery Buffalo, NY
Rough and Ready Soundlab, Buffalo, NY
Visual Arts Board Exhibition, Upton Hall Gallery, Buffalo State College
Concrete Soapdish, Formula Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Shelf Life, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo
Obsessions and Compulsions", Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY
1891 Fredonia Opera House, Fredonia, NY
Queens College, Queens NY
Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, New York
Fiji Museum, Suva Fiji
Joel Daniels Esq. Buffalo, New York

The Particular Past , Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
Still Rendering: Anthony Panzera and Chris Coleman
Natural Philosophy , Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
the water between us remembers, Deborah Jack, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
The Unabridged Graphic Adaptation: Itunes terms and conditions by R.Skioryak, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
The New Show [2013, co-curator with Antoinette Curl] 25 East Gallery New York NY
Parsons Alumni Exhibition 2013 Curatorial Committee Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery
The Commons, Sarah Butler & Julie Tremblay, Botanic Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Popular Subculture, Mark Bouthilette & Daniel Derwelis, Botanic Gallery, Bkln NY
Parsons Alumni Exhibition, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery, New York
The New Show 2012, [co-curator with Antoinette Curl] 25 East Gallery New York NY
Advisor Select Show, [co-curator with Jessica Walker] 25 East Gallery New York NY
A Strange Sense of Calm, Botanic Gallery, Brooklyn NY
@ Dekalb, Botanic Gallery, Brooklyn NY
The New Show 2011, [co-curator with Antoinette Curl] 25 East Gallery New York NY
Advisor Select Show, [co-curator with Jessica Walker] 25 East Gallery New York NY
The New Show 2010, [co-curator with Antoinette Curl] 25 East Gallery New York NY
2005 Glass House Refractions, co-curator Buffalo Botanical Gardens, Buffalo NY

EXHIBITIONS: Selected and organized as Director, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College

Katya Grokhovsky: System Failure
Vision/Sound Revisited: Allentown’s 80’s Art Scene
Stone Koans: Roger Loos, Muhlenberg Campus public sculpture
Ghosts: French Holocaust Children, by Robert Hirschbr
Lucien Clergue & Ralph Gibson, Baker Center for the Arts Galleria
The Guardian, Joy Mckinney, Baker Center for the Arts Galleria
Contemporaries' Art, Selected works from the Hudson Center for Contemporary Arts Residency Program, Baker Center for the Arts Galleria
Whisper Party, JF Lynch, Baker Center for the Arts Galleria
Things that might have happened: Selections from Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography since 1960

Contact: P a u l M N i c h o l s o n [at] g m a i l . c o m