Nicole Rademacher is an artist and adoptee. She is also a trainee in Marriage and Family Therapy & Clinical Art Therapy. The influence of her adoption and reunion (with her biological family) feature prominently in her studio practice where she explores concepts of intimacy, identity, and belonging through visual work as well as in community engagement works. Rademacher holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected honors include an artist residency at La Cité Nationale des Arts in 2010, receiving an Artistic Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in 2016 and a Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship Award in 2017, and being awarded the Maxine B Junge Scholarship to begin her studies in art therapy in 2018. Rademacher has exhibited and screened work worldwide including Transmediale, Harvestworks, LOOP Video Art Festival, 18th Street Arts Center, and at LAX Airport.
Nicole Rademacher, Nicole, Rademacher, nicrrad, female artist, adoptee, adoptee artist, video artist, social practice artist, public practice artist, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Chile, Santiago, Barcelona
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Nicole Rademacher, 1985

About me

I was born to one set of parents and adopted by another set. I grew up always knowing that I was adopted, yet I knew very little about my roots. Consequently I lived in the fantasies that only children can invent––as an adoptee from a closed adoption, those fantasies were always a plausible reality.


The influence of my adoption and reunion (with my biological family) feature prominently in my studio practice where I explore concepts of intimacy, identity, and belonging through visual work as well as in community-based works.


In 2021, I received my MA from Loyola Marymount University in Marital & Family Therapy with a Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy. I came to that program as I began more decidedly to do work with the community, specifically my community of the adoption constellation.


Proudly, I was awarded an Adoptees for Awareness Grant, Individual Artist Fellowship (California Arts Council), and a Creative Corps Grant (Arts Council for Long Beach/California Arts Council) in 2023, received an Artistic Community Engagement Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in 2016, and I have collaborated and shown work internationally in Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, and North America (specifically the US, Canada, Mexico and Cuba).


I identify as a Latinx transcultural adoptee artist, art therapist, mom, and wife. I currently live and work in Los Angeles.