Nicole Lavelle lives in California, most of the time. She works with people, place, paper, language, and landscape.

    She works as an artist and a graphic designer. She collaborates as Multi Studio and PLACE TALKS.

    She is a resident artist at the Prelinger Library and a freelance visual designer for Dropbox in San Francisco.

    This summer, she is an artist-in-residence at Outlet and an adjunct instructor of design and research at Portland State University.

    Want to contact her? Try


    1. Bumper Sticker Store!

    2. PAPER ROAD (book)

    3. Codes and Questions (essay)


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May 2018
CENTER is a new creative space in Inverness, California, run by Marlee Grace. I had the pleasure of contributing visual work and visioning work to help it begin.

March and April 2018
I gave a collaborative performance with Daniel Melo, once at Headlands Center for the Arts and once at CENTER in Inverness. It was called CYCLES. It's about death and the ocean and my words and images mixed with Daniel's sounds and it was pretty epic.

PLACE TALKS Season 5 at the Prelinger Library will begin in Sepember 2018.

April 2018
I was one of five visiting artists to the Blue Sky Center's inaugural residency in New Cuyama, California. The residency was conceived and facilitated by the tremendous Mary Welcome.

December 2017
PAPER ROAD made it onto KQED Arts' "Bay Area's Best Not-Always-Visual-Art of 2017." Thank you to Sarah Hotchkiss for including me!

December 2017
I contributed some writing to the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Magazine, a new publication that I'm so excited to be a part of. Thank you always to Justin Carder. You can get one at either Wolfman Bookstore or online.

November 2017
PLACE TALKS took part in a panel at the Common Field Convening in Los Angeles. Our session was called Making Space. The Performativity of Embodied Networks, or the Big Question: Can Third Spaces Benefit from Institutional Structures? and was organized by Liat Berdugo of Living Room Light Exchange. We presented alongside LRLX and Heavy Breathing.

October 2017
I gave a short performance about anxiety, smoking weed, and meditating at E.M. Wolfman No More Cops Free Health Care New Life Quarterly Bookstore as part of the 3x Series, with Matt Carney and Sam Greenspan.

September 2017
I gave a short performative reading called Heaven is a place in California at the opening of The Commons at the Headlands Center for the Arts, with Claudia La Rocca and Marco Lean.

July 2017
PAPER ROAD the book was released by Publication Studio San Francisco at the SF Art Book Fair! I gave a talk called BREATHE FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR: New Age and Leisure in the Emerald Bathed in Blue.

May/June 2017
My project PAPER ROAD was featured in No End in Sight, the 2016-17 Headlands Graduate Fellow Exhibition, on view at Embark Gallery in San Francisco. Learn more here.

April 2017
I made some posters for Earth Day. But, you know, every day is Earth Day, so continue to download and print freely. Pop one in your window, tape one to your car.

March 2017
On March 16, PLACE TALKS presented COMMON SOURCE as part of the Live Practices program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It was so fun! Thanks to all who participated.

January 2017
I presented poems about the desert / holy words for public lands / writings about feelings in a post-election landscape as part of PLACE TALKS and Wolfman at The Thing Quarterly, with Hannah Klein, Meagan Day, and Charlie Macquarie. It was coordinated by the tremendous Justin Carder.

January 2017
INTERSTATE WORKS, a publication I made with Sarah Baugh, debuted at an Epicenter-curated exhibition at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Do you want one? Paypal $5 for envelope and shipping to nicolelavelle at gmail and I'll send you one. This project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. If you send more than $5 I'll donate it to a Bay Area arts organization.

2015 (This is "old news" but I really like the article so...)
PLACE TALKS was written about on KQED Arts!

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Dropbox, IDEO San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts, For Freedoms, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CENTER , Pier 24 Photography, Open Engagement Conference, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, High Desert Test Sites, Epicenter, California College of the Arts, Greenpeace, Jennifer Brook...

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