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About Nickels

I am a native Angeleno. I love history and I am also a progressive news junkie. My background is in arts administration and higher education. I crochet and I am teaching myself how to knit. The shiny things that distract me is yarn, books, movies, and music.


Video #1 Bob Mareley’s “Is This Love” – Keone & Mariel Madrid (Choreography) – Reggae DanceHall Video #2 // Blue City Crew – PolynesianEverything

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USC 2016 MFA Students: Spotlight on Issues that Universities Are Experiencing

May 17, 2015 – In my experience working in academia, the current MFA students dropping out at USC put the spotlight on a number of issues and changes universities nationwide are experiencing right now. Universities are reacting to the following: … Continue reading

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Drawing I: Fall 2014 Class

January 2015 – I was allowed to sit on a Drawing I class for the fall 2014 semester.  The class was Art 153: Drawing I, taught by Professor Jane Brucker.  I wanted to (re)learn how to draw since I haven’t … Continue reading

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LA Trade Tech College Murals

Sunday, July 10, 2014 – Everyday, on my way to work and back, the Expo train passes the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. The college’s own students from one of the classes, “Sign Graphics 201: Fundamentals of Mural Painting,” led … Continue reading

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Culver City Murals Being Demolished

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – The murals in Culver City that I wrote about earlier on June 29, 2013, remained untouched (with the exception of other artists putting their own work over another’s) for a lot longer than planned.  The … Continue reading

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Appreciating Art in its Diversity

April 22, 2013 – Today is my last day of my six-month probation on my new job.  Time went by fast and I’ve been really busy and productive at my job. When I got hired in October 2012, I was … Continue reading

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LACMA’s Director Michael Govan & Modern Artist Dan Flavin

On Saturday, May 18th, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director, Michael Govan, spoke at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA.  His lecture focused on the artist Dan Flavin. The Norton Simon Museum had an exhibition on the artist … Continue reading

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