Nicole Schulman was born and raised in New York City in the 1970’s by a couple of Jews from the Bronx. She is mostly known for her comics, posters, album covers and illustrations which have appeared in the New York Times, The Progressive, New Politics and Inguine Mah!gazine (Italy), as well as in World War 3 Illustrated – of which she is on the editorial board. She has never made much of an attempt to break into the gallery world, yet thorough the prodding and hard work of other people, Nicole’s work has been exhibited in Exit Art, in 3 Cities Against the Wall exhibition (shown simultaneously in New York, Tel Aviv and Hebron), in the Municipal Art Museum of Ravenna, Italy during the Komikazen Festival 2005, a and many more in and outside the US (that she has hardly bothered to keep track of). Her comic from the 911 issue of WW3 is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
Nicole also managed to edit the book Wobblies: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World while working full time without going completely insane (but came pretty damn close). This collection includes work from all her friends at WW3, as well as her own. Nicole also received a grant from the Puffin Foundation to work on a graphic novel about IWW organizer Frank Little- she will finish this book sometime, hopefully, before she drops dead.
In recent years, Nicole has also become a teaching artist and muralist with Groundswell, an organization that facilitates mural projects about specific social issues with NYC teens from marginalized communities. Nicole has been the lead artist on my prominent mural projects around NYC and will continue to labor in obscurity along side her husband Dustin Chang, who is a writer, and their cat Natasha, who is a terrorist. They all live in a very messy apartment in Brooklyn.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Best Illustration Award: For cover art of the Communique Magazine “Breaking Labor’s Glass Ceiling”. Awarded by the International Labor Communications Association AFL-CIO, CTW, CLC, 2008.
- Puffin Foundation Grant: For research and production of historic graphic novel, 2008.
- Permanent Collection, Library of Congress: “Deconstruction” graphic essay, 2001.
- Houston Progressive’s “Freeman’s Town History Contest”. First prize awarded for historical comic “Allen Parkway Village”, 2001.
- Brooklyn Utopias In TRANITion: Group show at The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, September 17, 2013-February 16, 2014.
- Loteria: Group show at K Space Contemporary Art, Corpus Christie, Texas, November 1 – December 15 2013.
- Graphic Radicals: Group show at Exit Art Gallery NYC, December 2010- February 2011.
- The Power of Art, Election’08: Art Speaks to Power & Politics: Group show at Puffin Foundation Gallery, 2008.
- Solo Exhibition: Alcove Gallery, Chelsea, March-April 2007.
- Komikazen Festival: Graphic novel exhibition and festival at the City Art Museum, Ravenna Italy 2005. Featured artist and speaker.
- Paper Politics: Group exhibition, Seattle Print Arts, 2005.
- Three Cities Against The Wall: Group exhibition, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, New York. October 2005.
SELECTED BOOKS AND ILLUSTRATION
- Wobblies! A Graphic History: Editor and artistic contributor, Verso Books, UK 2005. A historical graphic novel about the IWW Union from 1905 to present day. In its 5th printing in English, foreign language editions will be available in Greece and South Korea.
- World War 3 Illustrated Magazine: Co-editor and artistic contributor. WW3 is the longest existing collectively run editorial comics magazine in the United States. Issues are part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art. 1998 to present.
- Realizing The Impossible: Contributor to art criticism book. Edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland. AK Press, 2007.
- The Progressive Magazine: Contributed numerous editorial illustrations, 2002-present.
- Celebrate People’s History: Contributor to book collection of social issue poster designs. Edited by Josh McPhee. Feminist Press, 2010.
- The Communique Magazine: The newspaper for CWU Local 1180. Cover design, 2007.
- …De Ellas: Contributor to graphic novel about women’s issues. Edited by Felipe Hernàndez Cava. Ediciones De Ponent, Spain, 2006.
- Inguine Mah!gazine: Contributor to Italian graphic novel anthology, Fall 2005.
- New Politics Magazine: Featured artist profile, August 2005.
- The New York Times: Contributed editorial illustrations to Op-Ed and Book Review, 2001-2003.
COMMUNITY MURALS WITH GROUNDSWELL
- “What You See Is Not Who I Am”: 12 mural panels for Artworks for Freedom, 3855 North 30th Street Arlington, VA, 2014.
- “Tree of Health”: mural diptych, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, 2014.
- “Live Long”: Horizons Juvenile Detention Center clinic, 560 Brook Avenue Bronx, 2014.
- “You Are The Path”: Horizons Juvenile Detention Center residence hall, 560 Brook Avenue Bronx, 2014.
- “The Peace of Womenkind”: Montefiore Medical Center, 3444 Kossuth Avenue Bronx, 2013.
- “Mother of All”: Montefiore Medical Center, 305 East 161st Street Bronx, 2013.
- “For Those Who Speak And Have To Speak”: 185 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, 2012.
- “Diversity Is A Rich Tapestry”: NYC Middle Lab School, 333 West 17th Street, Manhattan, 2011.
- “A Brief History of the Ironbound”: 926 Raymond Boulevard Newark, NJ. 2010
- “Some Walls Are Invisible”: Valentino Pier, Redhook Brooklyn, 2010.
- “Nature’s Playground”: PS 47, 1794 East 172nd Street, Bronx, 2009.
- “Water Is The Life Of NYC”: 209 4th Avenue Brooklyn, 2008.