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Press & Media




KBIA Radio, “From The Streets To The Galleries, Artists Responded To Ferguson” (August 2019)

Worth Magazine, “3 Women Who Are Radically Rethinking Urban Design,” (July 2919)


Architect Magazine, “Harvard GSD Introduces the Class of 2020 Loeb Fellows,” (June 2019)

The Power Thread, “De Nichols on the Power of Self-Care,” (June 2019)

Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines), “STL Made, STL Proud,” (May 2019)

Fox 2 News, “Local entrepreneurs discuss Female Entrepreneurship scene in St. Louis,” (Apr 25, 2019)

TheSTL, “Appetite for Action,” (Apr 12, 2019)

Art News, “Counterpublic, New St. Louis Triennial, to Bring Activist-Minded Artworks to Everyday Spaces” (Mar 28, 2019)

STL by Design Podcast, “Episode 11: De Nichols” (April 3, 2019)


As a teacher it is my greatest pleasure to see someone who has come through our program and gone on to such amazing growth and understanding in her own work. You are the rarest combination of talent and wisdom, sensitivity and strength, and it is an absolute joy to know you.

KEN BOTNICK, Washington University in St. Louis

Press Archive


Insight into Diversity, “African American Youth Take a Stand in Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence” (Nov 2018)

Sixty Inches from Center, “Dwell in Other Futures” (July 2018)

St. Louis American, “The ‘People’s Ribbon Cutting’ Held at Arch to Illustrate Diversity and Inclusion” (July 2018)

Next City, “New Greenway Will Surface St. Louis History instead of Paving over It” (June 2018)

Temporary Art Review, “Moving Together, In St. Louis” (June 2018)

The Architect’s Newspaper, “A St. Louis symposium imagines alternate urban futures inspired by Afrofuturism” (June 2018)

Red Bull Bulletin, “Create the Perfect Pitch” (May 2018)

St. Louis Business Journal, “Design Team Selected for Chouteau Greenway Project” (May 2018)

St. Louis Public Radio, “St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Fellowship…” (Feb 2018)


Art in America, “Staying Put” (Nov 2017)

St. Louis Magazine, “Speakers at TEDx Gateway Arch explore issues that divide St. Louis” (Oct 2017)

Graphic Design USA, “Responsible Designers to Watch” (Oct 2017)

KSDK, “Millennials Working Here” (Oct 2017)

STL TV, “STL TV Live with De Nichols of TEDxGatewayArch: Ripple Effect” (Oct 2017)

St. Louis Public Radio, “For St. Louis artist-activist De Nichols, sticky notes, community dinners & dialogue bridge divides” (June 2017)

HEC-TV, “Art as Resistance: UMSL and Kranzberg Team Up for New Exhibit” (April 2017)

STL TV, “City Corner – Taking It to the Streets” (Mar 2017)

Cultural Organizing, “Creative Catalyst: Interview with De Andrea Nichols” (Jan 2017)

St. Louis American, “Women’s March in St. Louis draws thousands” (Jan 2017)



Walker Art Center, “2016: The Year According to De Nichols” (Dec 2016)

Design Observer, “Creative Will: What It Takes to Shift Creative Organizations and Industries toward Greater Racial Equity” (Dec 2016)

ALIVE Magazine, “How Local Art For Justice Gained The Attention of the Smithsonian” (Nov 2016)

St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Snapshot: Art activists inspired by justice, nightmares and love” (Oct 2016)

Hyperallergic, “A Call for a Collective Reexamination of Our Art Institutions” (Oct 2016)

Smithsonian Magazine, “The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian’s Newest Museum”  (Sept 2016)

Hyperallergic, “Appropriated Images of Black People Spark Boycott of St. Louis Museum [UPDATED]” (Sept 2016)

Smithsonian Magazine, “The Art of Protest”  (Sept 2016)

Art Forum, “Activists Boycott St. Louis Museum for Exhibiting “Racially and Sexually Charged” Works” (Sept 2016)

St. Louis Public Radio, “CAM’s latest exhibit leads employees to call for curator’s resignation” (Sept 2016)

St. Louis Public Radio, “Forward Through Ferguson adds seven new board members” (Sept 2016)

Revision Path Podcast, “Episode 149: De Nichols” (July 2016)

ALIVE Magazine, “Interview: 2016 Visionary Award Recipient De Andrea Nichols” (Feb 2016)

Black and White Gingham, “MAKER Series with De Nichols” (Jan 2016)


St. Louis Public Radio, “How the broad brush of Ferguson transformed the local arts scene” (Aug 2015)

Americans for the Arts, Arts Link, “Turning to Art in a Time of Crisis” (May 2015)

St. Louis Public Radio, “Portraits of protesters aim for ‘stillness’ over chaos” (Mar 2015)


Huffington Post, “Ferguson Fights For Justice Beyond Mike Brown’s Death” (Aug 2014)

Art in America, “Artists Activate in Response to Ferguson Shooting” (Aug 2014)

St. Louis Public Radio, “St. Louis Art Game Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants to Hook You Up for a Better City” (July 2014)

FusionTV, “Students Get Their Ideas Heard at Global Clinton Initiative” (Mar 2014)

Huffington Post Live, “Students Join Clinton Global Initiative” (Mar 2014)

Washington University Newsroom, “WUSTL student to help open CGI U: Brown School’s De Andrea Nichols chosen to inspire students at opening plenary”(Mar 2014)

Policy Mic, “These Game Changers are Fueling St. Louis’ Start-up Revival” (Feb 2014)


Education to Save the World, “How I Innovate: Catalysts by Design” (June 2013)

Washington University Magazine (June 2013)

Clinton Global Initiative, Press Conference (Apr 2013)

NPR-St. Louis Public Radio, ”Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders” (Apr 2013)

Student Life, “Grad Student Serving Community with Design” (Apr 2013)

Innovations Quarterly Journal, Industrial Design Society of America, “”Overcoming Barriers: Social Design” (Dec 2011)

The Record, Washington University in St. Louis, “Washington University receives major gift from Jack Taylor on behalf of Enterprise Holdings” (May 2011)

Creatives for a Cause, “Role Models” (2010)

Sam Fox School of Design, “Empowering Others” (April 2010)

Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award (April 2010)

StudLife, Diversity Affairs Council (February 2010)

One World Magazine, “Catalyst Paradigm: One Student’s Manifesto for Social Justice” (2009)

StudLife, The Stories Project Exhibition (October 2009)

StudLife, “The Stories Project: Sharing stories across campus” (August 2009)

“Bridge Builders” (June 2006)