Trace (Tracy) Nichols is a fine art photographer and educator with a passion for expressing the abstract and inferred within her subjects. Trace received her MFA from the Academy of Art University, where she is currently a full-time faculty member and a curriculum coordinator for the Graduate Photography Program.
Trace has been working in the visual field for 20 years. Her works have been exhibited in such institutions as the Aspen Art Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Brevard Art Museum among others, as well as being housed in private collections throughout the United States. She also co-chairs the Aspen Art Museum’s Contemporaries program.
Trace’s current artistic focus merges contemplative practices, conceptual inquires, and a contemporary use of alternative processes, with the arts of photography and printmaking. With this integration she strives to draw inspiration and technique from the past, to help form a new conversation around our current visual and intellectual experience of the photograph.
"Photopolymer gravure is a complex and rewarding process merging two mediums – photography and printmaking – to form a contemporary print with deep historic roots and alluring aesthetics."
All the work showing here is Photopolymer Gravure using a direct-to-Solarplate method, and a non-toxic printing approach, printed with Akua water-based intaglio inks.