Nicole Lavelle lives in Northern California. She works with people, place, paper, language, and landscape.

    She works as an artist, a writer, and a graphic designer. She collaborates as PLACE TALKS.

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

    Nicole is a former Graduate Fellow and Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a sometimes-instructor of design and research at Portland State University.

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    1. Bumper Sticker Store!

    2. PAPER ROAD (book)

    3. Codes and Questions (essay)


    5. Untitled (Visiting/Artists) with Mary Welcome

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February and March
PLACE TALKS happens once a month at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. Check the website for dates and speakers.

March 2019
Mary Welcome and I will head to This Will Take Time for a residency this spring, to continue our work about visiting.

March 2019
I'll have some visual work (and special-edition bumper stickers) on the wall at WEED+WAVES (a show about pot and surfing) at the Bolinas Commons. Opening event March 9.

Spring 2019
I interviewed Mary Welcome for the new issue of Wolfman's New Life Quarterly Issue #4: Correspondence

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November 2018
I read some new work at the Bolinas Library on November 13 with my friend Marlee Grace.

September 2018
PLACE TALKS returns to the Prelinger Library for Season 5 on September 27! Join us monthly for Thursday evening talks from some amazing Bay Area speakers.

October 2018
I participated in a panel Q+A at the book release party for Piney Wood Atlas: Southwest at E.M. Wolfman Books in Oakland.

October 2018
I went to Japan for a design residency called TOKYO SEEDS, hosted by JR East, the train company ("Like BART," I told my dad). It was a place-research project focused on the social mechanics of train stations on the Yamanote Line.

October 2018
I did a project with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to help visualize the future of public lands in relation to their new Tunnel Top park in the Presidio in San Francisco.

Summer 2018
I taught a course called "Design and Research: Immersive Inquiry and Narrative Form" at Portland State University's Graphic Design program, and was an Artist in Residence at Outlet, a community print shop run by Kate Bingaman Burt in Portland.

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.

April 2018
I was one of five visiting artists to the Blue Sky Center's inaugural residency in New Cuyama, California, which culminated in a group show in Santa Barbara called SEEING RURAL. The residency was conceived of 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 to Justin Carder. You can get one at 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.

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.

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

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Dropbox, IDEO, Headlands Center for the Arts, For Freedoms, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 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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