I’ve just been asked (and accepted the offer) of being the juror for Notre Dame of Maryland University’s 28th Annual National Drawing and Print Exhibition.

Keep and eye out on their website for the Call for Entry!

A New Project

May 20, 2015

So… I had this idea which I have been quietly working on since last summer- not entirely sure if I’d gone off the deep end or not- but have now decided it doesn’t matter if I have gone off the deep end, I want to share it. You can view the project under the link “Project: Detritus (2014-present) to the right in the menu.

I’ve also added it to my Baker Artist Awards site (which you can view by clicking this link).

It’s not necessarily a new direction, but a tangential one.

The statement is still a work in progress, but here’s what I’m thinking about “Detritus”:

Detritus is an ongoing project which examines the process of the creation of a work of art, and the fascination with process over the finished piece. Which is more valuable as a statement as an artist? The process itself/the act of creation (the leavings of the process are not always beautiful/aesthetically pleasing, and are often repulsive. The process, which though tedious, is mentally and physically taxing but gives a sense of satisfaction) or the completed product (which, though beautiful, is often dismissed after only brief inspection, as our attention span decreases in response to our increasingly visually inundated world)? Which should be venerated, process or product?

Each palette is a history of 2-4 hours of work during time spent in my studio painting a portrait based in the techniques of the Northern Renaissance. This preliminary test of the installation is a result of the under-painting process (sometimes mixed media) approach to the creation of a portrait. The intent is to continue this from the initial full value graphite drawing to monochromatic under-painting through to the completion of color glazing.

Detritus began its own body of work, an installation visually and physically separate from the paintings whose creation led to the accumulation of paint and marks left behind on the palettes. As I’ve continued to work, I’ve come to realize that the palettes are, however, inherently linked to paintings of which the palettes are a byproduct.

The intent is to install the painting/Althea which results in the creation of the palettes/Detritus walls opposite of each other in an aesthetic/conceptual confrontation/harmony.


The Human Factor

September 12, 2014

Two of my pieces “Motion Study” and “The In Between” are on display at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, in Fredericksburg, VA.

The exhibition “Human Factor” was curated by Joey P. Mánlapaz, and is on display until September 26th.

Information about the exhibit and juror can be found here.

Autumn Leaves Complete!

August 21, 2014

I may do some touching up in the week or so before drop off- but here are the “complete” Autumn Leaves portraits!

My first “Autumn Leaves” portrait is complete!

Seth Knopp

Seth, graphite and acrylic on claybord, 9 1/4 inches by 12 inches

A little bit about Seth (bio from Bruun Studios site)

Seth Knopp, (Baltimore, MD), is Artistic Director of Yellow Barn and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of its Young Artist Program. He serves as Artistic Director of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, a concert series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he serves as a member of the piano and chamber music faculties. As a member of the Knopp-Melançon Duo, he was a winner of the USIA Artistic Ambassador Competition, which resulted in tours throughout Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, and Japan. Seth has recorded on the CRI, Analekta, New World Records, and Artek labels.

A lovely article by Mike Giuliano about both exhibits at the Howard County Center for the Arts: “Digital Disclosure: UMBC Faculty Perspectives” and “Ordinary Woman” (curated by Diana Marta).

An excerpt from Mr. Giuliano about my work in particular: “… If most of the exhibiting artists make visually busy figures, the most striking  artwork in this show is the simplest. Nicole Buckingham’s “Nike’s Dress” is a  white plaster-coated wire mesh figure. Just as the ancient Greek sculptors  deftly carved marble in order to emulate the appearance of folds of cloth,  Buckingham has created a motionless plaster figure that seems full of life. Her  accompanying self-portrait is no more than an empty white wood frame, meaning  her female statue tells you all you need to know.”

Read more of the article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-go-digital-art-0123-20140116,0,3085636.story#ixzz2rGP0VIGn

Ordinary Woman

January 13, 2014

The evite and an image of the show installed! Come celebrate the hard work of the artists for the reception on Friday, January 24th, from 6 to 8 pm at the HoCo Arts Center! (Snow Date: January 31st)

Works in Progress

November 12, 2013


October 18, 2013

… and thank you for visiting my site.

Places you can see my work online:

Baker Artist Awards Nomination

And in the following public collections at:

The Savannah College of Art and Design

University of Maryland, University College

Last but not least- if you wish to get in touch with me, the best way to do so is through email @ NicoleBuckinghamKern@gmail.com