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Visiting Artist Series: Nika Lucks
Monday, April 26, 2021, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Join former RLC student Nika Lucks for our last Visiting Artist event for the 2020-21 academic year. Some information on her work and history is below.

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People of Speech Part One

Nika Lucks started her first photo collection, People of Speech Part One, in 2017, with two participants, $60, and a vision. She wanted to create photos that would speak to people, something that would be thought-provoking and intrusive. She had a thought: what if you had to describe yourself as an individual, by only using one word? What would that look like? What word would that be? Words are very important, and we can be very destructive with our use of words. Words can be weaponized, used for hate and to invoke fear. Words have truly tremendous power, so what if we used that power to uplift, empower, promote positivity, and be our true selves? To use as ART? What would that look like? This is what she wanted to convey with her PhotoArt, with ‘People of Speech’

Nika Lucks ideas of creating three series of photo collections: People of Speech Part One, Two, and Three, has come to life. She has showcased and exhibited POS part One and Part Three. POS Part Two is still in the process. People of Speech is a play on the parts of speech, using nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc., where participantschoose a word that describes who they are. For People of Speech Part One, the models were Black and Brown people. Nika Lucks feels that people of color aren’t represented a lot in art. “I’m not saying there are no Black or Brown people portrayed in Art; I’m saying I don’t see enough of it. So instead of complaining about it, I decided to do something about it.”


Portfolio: Facebook @SolidSoul Photography
Instagram @NikaLucks

EDUCATION____
Graphic design student
Parkland College
3D design Student Art show

EXHIBITIONS___
Art Juxtapose Gallery April 2020 Rosendale NY
'The Collection' Busy Bank August 2019 to 2020 Urbana, IL
‘The Collection’ Busy Bank November 2018 to May 2019 Urbana, IL
Illinois at 200 Giertz Gallery Parkland College June to August 2018 Champaign IL
People Of Speech part Three showcase March 2018 Urbana IL
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center February 2018 Urbana IL
Porrima: Rattle the Stars December 2017 Urbana IL
University of Illinois Art Gallery August 2017 to September 2017 Urbana IL

Awards__
ACE Award Nominee 2019
ACE Awards Nominee 2018
Honorable mention Award Best in Show Photography competition 2018
Urbana Art Grant recipient 2018
CU MTD Bus Art/movable art 2018


 

 
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