Nicole has worked as a professional Lead Artist with nonprofits in Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods since ’97. She specializes in creating permanent public art projects with her apprentice artists that are collaborative, site-specific murals & mosaics that are integral reflections of their communities. The themes are professionally fused & woven with their original contributions and synonymous with their personal aspirations, cultural histories and missions.
Regarding her own body of public artworks, Beck has built site-specific sculptures for public spaces that are dynamic and unique works wrought via collaborative processes of design and fabrication. These public artworks are colorful and joyful, and they create a space for the participants and viewers to bring personal interpretation. She specializes in communicating with all invested partners in giving them agency and ownership of the project.
This 6 min. documentary beautifully illustrates Beck’s process:
Check out examples of Nicole’s Urban Gateways programs:
Resume / CV
Years with Urban Gateways
Areas of Expertise
- Public Art Installations
- STEAM residencies
- In-depth trauma training