Biography

Nikole Cooney is best known for creating otherworldly images reflecting her connection with nature and appreciation for wildlife through surreal and fantastic imagery. Her work speaks of the resilient and ephemeral qualities of both nature and man in an anthropomorphic way. Many sculptures contain elements of adjacent pieces unifying them to create their own environment.

“Working with materials such as wood, found and recycled objects, stone, and a variety of clays, helps to reinforce my personal connection with nature in a very tangible way. My intention is that each piece is infused with the wild beauty and complexity that surrounds us but is frequently overlooked.”

Nikole Cooney received her undergraduate at Illinois Central College. She went on to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Presidential Scholarship. Nikole has exhibited in a number of galleries in Peoria, Chicago, Baton Rouge and more. She now resides in East Peoria, Illinois.


 

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Education

    2005-06      School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                         Presidential Scholarship

    2004            Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Selected Exhibitions

    2018           Surreal Salon 10, Baton Rouge Gallery

                       Baton Rouge, LA

   2017            The Otherlings, Solo Exhibition, Studios on Sheridan Gallery, 

                        Peoria, IL

    2017            Surreal Salon 9, Baton Rouge Gallery

                        Baton Rouge, LA

    2016            In the Corner of a Round Room, Jackson-Junge Gallery

                        Chicago, IL

   2016             Our Enchanted Earth, Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

                        Peoria, IL

   2014-16        Sideview Gallery Exhibit, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, 

                        Peoria, IL

   2014            Ignite Peoria, Peoria Civic Center

                        Peoria, IL

   2012            Apocalypse 2012: Genesis 2013, Jackson Junge Gallery

                       Chicago, IL

  2012            Vernissage, Prairie Center for the Arts

                       Peoria, IL

  2012            CIAO Members Exhibition, Studios on Sheridan Gallery

                      Peoria, IL

  2011             Hot CIAO, Studios on Sheridan Gallery

                      Peoria, IL

  2011            Things That Never Were, Speakeasy Art Center

                      Pekin, IL

  2011            Sparks, Prairie Center for the Arts

                      Peoria, IL

 2005           Voices of Truth, Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

                      Peoria, IL

 2004            Sacred Art Exhibit, First United Methodist

                      Evanston, IL