Statement My geometricshapedpaintingsembrace contemporaryartpracticesofrelevant pluralism.Myartwork is an intersection of fine art, architecture, and design, referencing underlying themes in art history, mixing and merging concepts. Admiring past practices of 20th-century geometric abstraction, I recognize and challenge the movement for its reductive strains and return to the initial discourse that led to the investigation. My paintings include symbolic colors and the illusion of space that otherwise would be excluded from the movement. The edges of my artwork define a rotation of deep and shallow areas, navigated by an atmospheric apparition creating the impression of space. Incorporating ornate motifs and flat planes of color, I invite the viewer to pause—to linger, accompanying the rhythm of my daily happenings.
Biography Nichole Gronvold-Roller is a painter who received a BFA in Art Education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, an MA in Art Education from Boston University, and an MFA in Painting from Bradley University. Gronvold-Roller will receive an MFA in Painting from Bradley University in Spring 2023. In addition to being an artist, Nichole is a full-time high school art teacher in Tremont, IL, where she has been teaching for the past twenty-five years. Furthermore, she is a contributor writer for the Inland Art column with Community Word. Nichole lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. A selection of publications featuring Gronvold-Roller’s paintings includes; Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA), Artforum (New York, NY), Wall Street International (Budya, Montenegro), Peoria Journal Star, (Peoria, IL), GRAFIX® (Maple Heights, OH), Inside Publications (Sacramento, CA), and Kolaj Magazine.
Education 2023 (SP) MFA in Painting Bradley University 2020 MA in Painting at Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 2013 MA Art Education at Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 1997 BFA in Art Education at Minnesota State University of Moorhead Moorhead, Minnesota Solo Exhibitions 2023 TBA. Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL 2023 Flip Flap Fold. MFA Exhibition Bradley University, Peoria, IL 2022 Shape Maker. BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2022 Pendulum. Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center, Decatur, IL 2020 Up Down and Through. Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA 2019 Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL 2018 Above Ground. BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2018 Obscure Space. Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL 2017 Beyond Place. Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 2017 Blip Out. Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL 2014 Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL 2008 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University, Peoria, IL 2008 Arbor Gallery, Edwards, IL 2008 Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL 2007 WTVP, Peoria, IL Group Exhibitions 2023 Studio Break, Chicago, IL 2023 The Painting Center Benefit. The Painting Center, New York, NY 2022 Refrigerator Poetry February Exhibition. 2021 The Painting Center Benefit 2021. The Painting Center, New York, NY 2021 Seen but not Felt. Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, IL 2021 Pathways. McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL 2020 Ensemble. Together Again. The Painting Center, New York, NY 2020 Nonobjective. Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL 2020 A Few of Our Favorite Things. BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2020 New Optics. The Painting Center, New York, NY 2020 The Days Art Short. James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 2020 Carry Weight, Hold Light curated by Heather Brammeier. Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL 2019 Sudden Change of Wind. James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 2019 Summertime Sadness. James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 2019 Spookeh 4 Invitational. Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 2019 Art of Water III. James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 2019 Together. Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 2019 Revolving Doors. Appleby Gallery, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL 2018 To Carry, To Hold curated by Heather Brammeier. International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY 2018 13th National Juried Exhibition. Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2018 Curious Metaphors. Peoria Public Library, Peoria, IL 2018 International Juried Show. Beacon Gallery, Boston, MA 2018 Madron Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018 Almost 17 & # we're still here. BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2018 SuperFine! Art Fair 2018 (with the BoxHeart Gallery), New York, NY 2017 Nonetheless, She Created. Jefferson Street Studio and Gallery, Morton, IL 2016 3rd Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition. Verum Ultimum Art Gallery: Portland, OR 2016 Mix it Up. Royal Contemporary, Florence, CO 2016 Map it Out. Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA 2016 To Sum Degree. The HUD Gallery and Studios, Dab Art: Ventura, CA 2016 Transpace, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL 2015 AR-FLUNG, Contemporary Art of the Midwest. The Art on Elston Gallery, Chicago, IL 2015 Those Who Can. Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 2015 60th International Exhibition Bold Expressions. Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA 2015 National All Media Exhibition. Chico Art Center, Chico, CA 2015 Art by America: A Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art. The Art House, Chicago, IL 2015 Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial. Dubuque Museum of Art: Dubuque, IA 2013 Secret Gardens. The Pearce Gallery: Dunlap, IL 2012 Student Gallery Online. Boston University, Boston, MA 2011 The Speakeasy Art Center, Pekin, IL 2007, 2009, 2010 Art Kudos, Artkudos.com 2006 Made in Peoria. Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006 Illinois State Artisan Shop, Illinois State Museum, Chicago, IL 2004 Structures. Illinois State Museum: Rend Lake, IL 1995, 1996, 1997 Minnesota State University of Moorhead: Moorhead, MN Publications 2022 Kolaj Magazine. Shape Maker. 2022 Refrigerator Poetry Visual Art Archive June 2022 Exhibition Catalogue. Tampa, FL 2021 Inland Art/Welcome Nichole Gronvold Roller. Community Word. Peoria, IL 2020 Up Down and Through Paintings by Gronvold-Roller. Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA 2020 New Optics Catalogue. The Painting Center, New York, NY 2019 The Painting Center New Optics. Artforum, New York, NY 2019 New Optics. Wall Street International, Budva, Montenegro 2018 Abstract art from three artists to be exhibited at Peoria Public Library, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2018 CHECK OUT NICHOLE GRONVOLD ROLLER’S ARTWORK. Boston Yoyager Magazine. Boston, MA 2016 Art teacher keeps alive the legacy of Tremont-born sculptor Viola Norman. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2016 GRAFIX® LESSON PLAN SERIES LESSON 20: INTEGRATION OF ART AND TEXT WITH GRAFIX CLEAR-LAY AND DURA-LAR. CREATED BY NICHOLE GRONVOLD ROLLER.GRAFIX®, Maple Heights, OH 2016 Blick Art Supplies, Galesburg, IL 2015 INSIDE: GET INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD: OCTOBER 2015. Inside Publications, Sacramento, CA 2015 Utrecht Art Supplies; Brooklyn, NY 2014 TEACHING BY EXAMPLE. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2013 Boston University; Boston, MA 2012 Two women team up for 'whimsical' exhibit. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2011 NOT JUST TEACHERS. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2008 PREVIOUSLY SEEN IN PEORIA. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2007 HER OWN TAKE ON "STRUCTURES. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2004 A PAINTBRUSH, A CANVAS AND AN ATTIC. Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL 2003 Encyclopedia of Living Artists, 12th Edition 2002 Pantagraph; Bloomington, IL Gallery Representation 2019 – Present: James May Gallery, Algoma, WI 2017 – Present: BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Work may also be found at Muse Gallery, Morton, IL, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL, and The Painting Center (Art File), New York, NY.
Professional Work Experience 2023 - Mudhouse Artist Residency Crete, Greece 2021 - Present: Columnist for Inland Art - Community Word, Peoria IL 1998 - Present: Tremont High School Art Teacher, Tremont IL Professional Affiliations Contemporary Art Center’s Artist Membership program (CIAO) Peoria Art Guild Peoria Historical Society Tremont Historical Society