Nicole Nienow

Nicole grew up in Skokie and moved to Chicago for college, where she now lives as a practicing artist, craftsman, puppeteer, and teacher. For the past six years, she has taught ceramics and multimedia art classes to children and adults at Lillstreet Arts Center. She also teaches puppet construction and set design at theaters in Chicago.


  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - B.F.A.


Ceramics, large-scale sculpture, puppetry

Areas of focus:

Figurative ceramics

Other interests and inspirations:

Hiking, backpacking

Nicole's teaching style:

She values creative freedom, encouraging her students to create their own story and take inspiration from the world around them.

Nicole loves EAC because . . .

She enjoys the community and the opportunity to let art be a creative outlet for imagination and inspiration.

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