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Bradley Nichols

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Bradley Nichols



Specialty area(s)

Metalsmithing and Blacksmithing

Brief biography

Brad Nichols received his Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his Bachelors of Science from University of Wisconsin –La Crosse. He has exhibited his work internationally and nationally including venues such as the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, the National Ornamental Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts. 

Current courses at UWL

Art 220: Introduction to Forging and Raising (Spring)
Art 221: Introduction to Metalsmithing
Art 222: Metalsmithing for Non-Majors
Art 223: Introduction to Blacksmithing (Fall)
Art 320: Intermediate Forging and Raising (Spring)
Art 321: Intermediate Metalsmithing
Art 323: Intermediate Blacksmithing (Fall)
Art 421: Advanced Metalsmithing
Art 425: Perspectives in Art
Art 160: General Art Foundations


Research and publishing

Brad's work has been published in books, journals, and magazines such as Ironwork Today 4: Inside and Out, The Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, The Anvils Ring and The Hammers Blow



Brad Nichols, Art, presented "Guinea Pig" at Meta-Formation Experiments and Rituals on April 1, 2019 in Cookeville, TN. Exhibition runs March 14-July 19, 2019

Submitted on: Mar. 19, 2019


Bradley Nichols, Art, presented "Plant Form Study #1," "Plant Form Study #2," and "Showy Milkweed (ode to Blossfeldt)" at Bloom at Sykes Gallery on Mar. 25, 2019 in Millersville, PA. Bloom evokes thoughts of all things fresh, new, and blossoming. The floral theme encompasses notions of opening and unfolding to reach maturity. This show includes lush and vibrant work from artists working in a variety of media and showing a great range of experimentation in the material process.

Submitted on: Mar. 25, 2019


Barrett Klein, Biology, and Bradley Nichols, Art, presented "Hidden ubiquity: celebrating the tiny majority" at the North Campus Research Complex on Feb. 21, 2019 in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. The exhibit runs Jan. 25-May 3 and celebrates the diversity of insects. Art pieces include collaborations with Bradley Nichols, Art and members of the Pupating Lab, Sienna Miller, Aidan Karlsson.

Submitted on: Feb. 21, 2019


Bradley Nichols, Art, received the 2017 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award at UW-La Crosse on May 20, 2017 in La Crosse, WI.

Submitted on: June 16, 2017