Nicole Gagner



Nicole Gagner is an oil painter, living and working in Bismarck, North Dakota. She studied in Augusta, Georgia under Tom Nakashima, studied in Italy under Janice Whiting, and received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Augusta State University. She has exhibited extensively in Georgia and South Carolina. She is a member of the local Bismarck Art Community as a supporting member of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative and as an artist member of Bismarck Art & Galleries Association. Nicole paints mainly from life, preferring plein air and composed still life subject matter, with use of exaggerated color and a heavy brushstroke. Subjects range from the changing landscape of North Dakota to chronicles of her gardening and pantry misadventures. 

Artist Statement

"I grew up in a family of people who were handy with a bit of everything--learning craft was merely a rite of passage. Oil painting is a perfect way to take disposable subject matter that is often thoughtlessly consumed or discarded and make it a permanent, beautiful and cherished object. A fleeting moment can be both sustained and elevated. Heightened color choices and exaggerated textures both highlight the physical craft element of the art, while also evoking a nostalgic feeling of a far off memory."

Touring Schedule

                 1. University of Mary                                       March 1 - 29, 2017
                     Welder Library
                     7500 University Drive
                     Bismarck, ND 58504
                 2. James Memorial Art Center                        April 1 - 30, 2017
                     621 1st Avenue West
                     Williston, ND 58802
                 3. Northwest Art Center                                  May 15 - June 15, 2017
                     Minot State University
                     500 University Avenue W
                     Minot, ND 58707

                 4. OPEN                                                         July 15 - September 15, 2017

                 5. Bismarck State College                              November 1 - 30, 2017
                     1500 Edwards Avenue
                     Bismarck, ND 58501