Ann Nichols is a contemporary realist painter who works in the medium of oil on panel. An artist since 1980, she has explored various subject matter in series – finally settling on realistic still-lifes in 1994. Many of her paintings are inspired by art historical images such as Renaissance portraits, flowers by Georgia O’Keeffe, Dutch floral paintings, botanicals, Magritte’s surrealism and Martin Johnson Heade’s images of orchids and hummingbirds. Ms. Nichols has a B.S., M.S. and a B.F A degree in painting and has mounted solo shows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City; the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga; the Cobb Museum in Marietta, GA; and The Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville, as well as numerous galleries in the Southeast. The winner of 4 gold medals, she was juried into the Tennessee State Museum’s “The Best of Tennessee” exhibition and her painting was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection. In 2014, one of her paintings was included in the International Guild of Realism’s 9th Annual Juried Exhibition. In addition to the Tennessee State Museum, her paintings are in the public collections of Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum, Sen. Bob Corker’s office in the Senate Office Building, TVA, Opryland USA, Maryville College, UT Chattanooga, The Baylor School, First Tennessee Bank and the Summit Club in Birmingham, Al, among others. Ms. Nichols has served as a curator, judge for the International Children’s Art Exhibit in Voronezh, Russia; visual arts panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts in Miami, FL; and the arts editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press for 23 years.
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