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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2021 MA Marital & Family Therapy w/ specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy, Loyola Marymount University, LA, CA
2008 MFA Electronic Integrated Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2004 BFA concentrating in photography & video, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1996-98 slated B Architecture + BS in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA



2016 SEA Social Emotional Arts Teaching Certificate (trained), UCLArts & Healing
2009 CELTA Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Public Art Commissions

2017 Gate Pass, Terminal 3, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Honors & Awards

2023/24 Individual Artist Fellowship, California Arts Council
2023/24 Arts Council for Long Beach’s California Creative Corps Grant, California Arts Council
2023 Adoptees for Awareness Grant, S12F and Adoptees Connect, Inc.
2023 California Arts Council Creative Corps via 18th Street Arts Center, Round One Finalist
2022 California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners
2018 Maxine B. Junge Scholarship, Loyola Marymount University
2017 Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship Award
2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Artistic Community Engagement Grant Los Angeles
2012 Regional Artist Project Grant, North Carolina Arts Council
2006 – 2008 MFA Fellowship, NYSCC at Alfred University
2007/08 SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship, NYSCC at Alfred University

Socially-Engaged Work

Experience Art as Therapy, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
We Are Not Our Cruxes, various sites in Los Angeles, CA and online

We Are Not Our Cruxes, various sites in Los Angeles, CA and online
Experience Art as Therapy, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Mental Health and Well-Being in the Museum, art therapy workshop, LACMA

ILLUMINATE LA, art therapy workshop, curated by Anuradha Vikram, LA County Department of Arts and Culture

Separate/Together, Drive-By-Art Los Angeles, LA, CA


Workshops: Origin Stories
• w/”Día de Los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future,” Self-Help Graphics & Art, LA, CA
• w/”Axis Mundo,” ONE Gallery/MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
• “Youth Now,” California African American Museum, LA, CA
• 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
• University of Northern Iowa + AMP Youth, Cedar Falls, IO
• Collaboration w/Jeanette Yoffe, MFT, Acogedor Space, LA, CA
Moderator: Belonging in Domestic/familiar settings, (in conjunction w/ Gate Pass), Acogedor Space, LA, CA

Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

Outside the Lines, Department of Marital & Family Therapy, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
A Woman’s Voice in a Pivotal Time, juror Kim Abeles, SCWCA, The Makery, Los Angeles, CA
The Drawing Show, Sade Los Angeles, curated by Daniela Soberman & Brian Lee Hughes, Los Angeles, CA

Home Edition, curated by Rebecca Trawick, Wignall Museum of Contemprary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Dear Mother, LA ArtCore, curated by Caroline Yoo & Kayla Tange, Los Angeles CA

Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece
Fresh 2021, SoLA Contemporary, Inglewood, CA

Drive-By-Art Los Angeles, organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske, & Anuradha Vikram, LA, CA

breathe, LMU Student Gallery, LA, CA
Evening Red aboard the Museum Ship Lilac, organized by MW Projects, Museum Ship Lilac, NYC, NY
Impressions: Art by Art Therapists, curated by Melly Trochez, Avenue 50 Studio, LA, CA

a bird settled on the fire escape, presented by Able ARTS Work, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, CA
Origin Stories, Atrium Gallery, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
The Breakdown: Recombinant Poetics, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

TEMPORAL, Centro de Arte Digital en Memoria de Juan Downey, Puerto Varas, Chile

Long Form Video Art: Temporal, Local Project, Queens, NY
Long Form Video Art: Temporal, Consulate of Chile in New York, NY
Constelación video arte en feminino, Espacio Igualdad, Madrid, Spain
ORGION, Oficina Proyectista, Berlin, Germany

FASE 4, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
East and West Women Artists, The Gallery of the Hubei, Academy of Fine Arts, China
SEIS=DOS, Galeria Espora, Santiago, Chile

Waterpieces Contemporary Art & Videoart Festival, Riga, Latvia
eyeseverywhere, Stavanger Culture House, Stavanger, Norway
eyeseverywhere, Fábrica de Imágenes, Morelia, Mexico
End to End, Harvestworks, New York, NY

Congreso Internacional Mujer Arte y Tecnología en la Nueva Esfera Pública, Valencia, Spain
Retrieving Humanity (collaboration w/Parallel Flux), Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM
Streaming Festival: International Festival for Audio Visual Art, 5th ed.,
Video Art For All, Orient Foundation, Casa Garden Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, Macau, China
Human Emotion Project: China, AFA, Beijing, China

Streaming Festival: International Festival for Audio Visual Art, 4th ed.
One Minute Film & Video Festival Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland
Human Emotion Project: China, AFA @ Portuguese Bookshop Gallery, Macau, China
7th International Film Festival, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
re-new 2009 (digital arts forum), Copenhagen, Denmark
Human Emotion Project: Premier, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

You are a Perpetual Tourist, EH Little Fine Arts Center at Queens University, Charlotte, NC
Alfred International, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Semantic Illustrations, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
Gusto at the Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Pantheon International Xperimental Film & Animation Festival 7.0, Nicosia, Cyprus
Streaming Festival: International Festival for Audio Visual Art, 3rd ed.
Le Flash: One MINUTE/One NIGHT, Garage Projects, Atlanta, GA
CologneOFF IV, online and traveling to various physical venues internationally
The Silent/Sound Outdoor Festival, Squeaky Wheel @ Front Park, Buffalo, NY
Loop Video Art Festival ’08, Barcelona, Spain

Southern Tier Biennial, Olean Public Library Gallery, Olean, NY
BronxMAP (Media Arts & Performance), the Bronx, New York, NY
Loop Video Art Festival ’07, Barcelona, Spain
Reciprocal Strategies, Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

Plug-In, Barcelona, Spain
toP_06, Barcelona, Spain
Off-Loop Video Art Festival, “Top Manta”, Sala d’Estar, Barcelona, Spain
Tour(mix)/Top Manta, La Factoría De Sol, Mallorca, Spain
Ecrand’arrête: Demain . . . j’arrête, Le Bretagne, Nantes, France

Transmediale.05, Haus de Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

imagine nation, ArtSpot, Atlanta, GA

Primavera Fotográfica “Pelugráfica Fotoquería”, Golden d’Or, Barcelona, Spain
ReCollection, 1150 Churchill, Atlanta, GA

Nuclear Shelter, Center for International Performance & Exhibition (CIPEX), Chicago, IL
Each to Each: Young Artists in Chicago, CIPEX, Chicago, IL

Body Language, Gallery X, Chicago, IL

4-D Extravaganza, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
First Year Program, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

In the Community

Presenter: We Are Not Our Cruxes, Department of Marital and Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Art Therapy’s 11th Annual Art Therapy ResearchSymposium, hearing/seeing/knowing: art therapy and ethnography for community empowerment, LMU, LA, CA

Moderator: Invisibilit(ies) series of conversations, Acogedor (online)

Presenter: Personal Art-making and Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic, American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference, online
Moderator: Invisibilit(ies) series of conversations, Acogedor (online)
In Conversation: HOME EDITIONS, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
In Conversation: Active Voice Part 2: Wellness at Home and In Community, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Talk: Nicole Rademacher: Selected Works, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Moderator: Invisibilit(ies) series of conversations, Acogedor (online)
Moderator: series of conversations for home exhibition, Acogedor (online)

Panelist: Round Table Discussion: How does digital technology impact Art Therapy?, Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium, Live Stream.

Panelist: CORE 2018 panel discussion, Able ARTS Work, Long Beach, CA
Panelist: Feelings of Belonging and Tea, Acogedor Space, LA, CA

Moderator: Belonging in Domestic/familiar settings, Acogedor Space, LA, CA

Workshops: Arts Appreciation (Kibera), Maji Mazuri, Nairobi, Kenya

Workshops: Taller Clik, digital photography, VE Global, Santiago, Chile

Workshop: Notes for a People’s Atlas, BLOC Tutorías de Arte, Santiago, Chile
Panel: Curating Video Art: an epistemic dilemma, Festival de Videoarte Camagüey, Cuba

Talk: Video Art & Its Intersection with Documentary, Mayor University, Santiago, Chile
Talk: Activated by Perception, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Talk: Nicole Rademacher: Current & Past Works, Foundations, NYSCC, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Talk: Nicole Rademacher: Selected Works, Color Photography, NYSCC, Alfred University, Alfred, NY


2012 Artist-in-Residence, Maji Mazuri Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

2011 – 2012 Aguafuerte Taller de Grabado y Dibujo, Santiago, Chile

2010 La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2005 – 2006 Sala d’Estar, Barcelona, Spain

2001 – 2002 Golden D’or, Barcelona, Spain

Curatorial Projects


home, Acogedor, online


Celia Center Arts Festival, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA


Celia Center Arts Festival, Electric Lodge, Venice, CA


Elena Bajo, With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

2010 – 2012

Chilean Video Art RIGHT NOW! Screened in USA, France, Ukraine, Lativa, and India

2007 – 2009

Alfred University Presenta Programa de escuelas, Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain


Nuclear Shelter, Center for International Performance & Exhibition, Chicago, IL


2018 18th Street Arts Center 2016-2018, Santa Monica, CA

2016 18th Street Arts Center 2014-2015, Co-editor & Creative Director, Santa Monica, CA

2014 18th Street Arts Center 2013-2014, Co-editor & Creative Director, Santa Monica, CA

2013 18th Street Arts Center 2012-2013, Copyeditor, Santa Monica, CA

2008 Longing & Distance: through gesture, self published, Alfred, NY

2007 Milwaukee after coming to California from Milwaukee, self published, Alfred, NY

2005 Blank Magazine, Madrid, Spain

2003 Circle Thirteen, volume III, issue #2, San Francisco, CA


Art as a Tool for Empowerment for Adoptees and Former Foster Youth with Nicole Rademacher,” Unraveling Adoption Podcast, Oct 2023

Dambrot, Shana Nys, “The Art of Feeling Better: Wellness at the Museum,” LA Weekly, Jan 27, 2023

Goldman, Edward, “The first ever artwork made by Edward Goldman,” email to list, Jan 24, 2023

Vikram, Anuradha, “How Do I Bring Attention to My Work?,” KCET Southland Sessions, Sept 16, 2020

Peaceful Community Art Installations Respond to Self-Isolation and Racial Injustices,” LMU Newsroom, Sept 16, 2020

Keats, Jonathon, “With The Arrival Of Drive-By Art, The Car Culture Of Los Angeles Is Getting A Cultural Boost In The Age Of Covid-19,” Forbes, May 29, 2020

“Nicole Rademacher: Origin Stories,” 18th Street Arts Center 2016-2018, 2018

Nicole R. – Our Story Isn’t Told,” AdopteesOn Podcast, Dec 2017

Baskas, Harriet, “Fresh Art at SFO, MIA, STL, and LAX,” Stuck At The Airport, Apr 29, 2017

Member Spotlight: Nicole Rademacher,” Rhizomatic Arts, Mar 21, 2017

“TEMPORAL: Video arte de larga duración” (in Spanish), Artishock, Oct 2013

“Nicole Rademacher: Artista, Curadora y Viajera” (in Spanish), Artishock, Jan 2012

“From Chile to Kenya, Nicole Rademacher searches for Common Ground,” I Love Chile, Aug 2011

“Artista estadounidense dicta charla en Sala Adolfo Couver” (in Spanish), Universidad de Chile, Nov 2009

“El enigmático mundo de Nicole Rademacher” (in Spanish), Uklanor blog, Oct 2009

VIP – VideoChannel Interview Project, CologneOFF, Aug 2008

“Artists’ exhibit offers art, cultural exposure to Tech students,” Technique, Oct 2002

Publications as Researcher

*”Mental Health in the Museum: A Case Study at LACMA,” The Journal of Clinical Art Therapy, 2024
Art-making and Wellbeing with Professional Artists During a Pandemic,” LMU Digital Commons, 2021