b 1989 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
nik rye is an artist, organizer, educator, and curator whose transdisciplinary art practice focuses on themes of collaboration, community-building, participation & interactivity, and storytelling as a catalyst for change. They ask, What does the work do? Who does it serve?
nik rye has an MFA in Studio Art at Florida State University, a BA in Ceramics and Printmaking at Florida State, and an AS in Graphic Design at Broward College. They are a recipient of two Silver Addys, the Legacy Fellowship at the FSU Graduate School, and have been recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union as an outstanding contributor to the field of professional activism.
Ever keen on new experiences, nik rye has toured the USA with their puppet troupe, hiked & bicycled across several states, and motorbiked across Vietnam. Currently, nik rye lives in Tallahassee with Carrot, their little dog, and Bennie, their tuxedo cat.
MFA Studio Art 2023 | Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
BA Ceramics & Printmaking 2020 | Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
AS Graphic Design 2018 | Broward College, Tallahassee, FL
Adjunct Professor 2023-2021 | Florida State University,
College of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Graphic Designer 2018 | C & I Studios, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Art Director 2017-2016 | Spyke's Grove, Fort Lauderdale, FL
be/longing 2023 | Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University,
Hold for Discussion 2023 | 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
QuAR(T)antine 2020 | Performance Køkkenet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Aquarius Pluto: Aesthetics of Resistance 2023 | 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
All About Love 2022 | Working Method Contemporary, Tallahassee, FL
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, and GRANTS
Legacy Fellowship 2023-2020 | The Graduate School at Florida State University
Silver Addy 2019 and 2018 | American Advertising Federation
Excellence in Civil Liberties Medal 2016 | American Civil Liberties Union
HerCampus FSU Grad Student Advocating for Houseless Through Art,
ABC News Tallahassee Activist Creates Art to End Houselessness,
Tallahassee Democrat, Front Page In This Box: Artist Highlights Isolation, Dobson. 02.08.21