De Nichols Selected for Harvard’s Loeb Fellowship
St. Louis, MO—June 27, 2019— Artist. Activist. Global Speaker. Curator. Entrepreneur. De Nichols is an international changemaker at one of the highest levels of her field, and she is one of 9 designers from across the world who has been selected as a 2020 Loeb Fellow of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD).
Before making her mark with works that have reached the collections of the Smithsonian and been celebrated on stages across the nation, De Nichols followed her passion for the visual arts to receive a full merit scholarship in 2006 at Washington University in St. Louis where she is currently based. She has been granted the city’s Visionary Award for the community impact that her work sparked following the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, MO. Her efforts have led Nichols to be featured in multiple books, keynote lectures across the nation about design, race, and social changemaking, and rise as a creative influencer and educator on social justice.
Each year, Harvard GSD’s Loeb Fellowship program welcomes a cohort of exceptional mid-career practitioners, each of whom focuses their year of research, dialogue, and innovation in shaping the built environment. Nichols will center her year on the contemporary reimagining of The Griot Museum of Black History as she endeavors to help the museum deepen and sustain its impact as a cultural space for Black arts, history, and culture to be collected and celebrated in St. Louis. While in residence at Harvard, she will additionally engage in coursework, public speaking, and international projects that will help broaden her skills as a creative changemaker.
De Nichols (@de_nichols) is a multidisciplinary designer and social entrepreneur who mobilizes changemakers across the globe to develop and activate ideas that address civic and social challenges within their communities. She is a Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, design lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, and creator of the Mirror Casket sculpture that was collected by the Smithsonian for its National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Learn more about her at denichols.co and civiccreatives.com.
For additional information about the Loeb Fellowship, please visit https://loebfellowship.gsd.harvard.edu/.