Iceland Exhibition at Kingman Gallery

Fjallsjökull #5

Fjallsjökull #5

I’m excited to announce the opening of my new solo exhibition at Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, Maine. The exhibition is up and running now and extends through September 8th. We’re having an opening reception this coming Sunday, August 11th, from 2-5 pm.

The exhibition includes 11 framed pieces from my Iceland residency last summer, and you can check out work from all of the gallery artists as well. If you’d like to see more of my Iceland photographs from last summer as a sneak preview, I’ve finally put up a gallery of this work on my website.

Hope to see you Sunday!


Melt Down Opens in Portland

“Snæfellsjökull #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

“Snæfellsjökull #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

The wonderful Melt Down exhibition from earlier this year at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland travels south to Portland’s Lewis Gallery (at the primary Portland Public Library at 5 Monument Square) in an exhibition that extends through September 21st. The traveling exhibit is a bit smaller in terms of included work but should still be amazing.

The opening reception is this Friday, August 2nd, from 6-8 pm. I’ll unfortunately miss the opening as I’ll be picking up my daughter from Girl Scout camp on the other side of the state, but I highly recommend seeing this exhibition.

Exhibition at Thos. Moser Gallery in Freeport, Maine

“Pyrotechnic #185”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

“Pyrotechnic #185”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

This is the first update in a long while as I’ve been posting news in another place the last six months, but that experiment is now over and I’m back here.

So, to begin catching up, I’m included in a group exhibition at the absolutely lovely Thos. Moser gallery in Freeport, Maine, through November 2nd, 2019. Selections from my Pyrotechnic project are included. Ten other photographers are included in the show and it is definitely worth a visit.

Harmony of the Spheres Exhibition in Boston

Ourobors #1, Harmony of the Spheres project

Ourobors #1, Harmony of the Spheres project

A solo exhibition of my Harmony of the Spheres project just opened at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions at the New England School of Photography in Waltham, MA. Next Tuesday, November 6th, is the opening exhibition from 6-7:30 pm. So if you’d rather avoid hitting refresh on your browser on election night as you agonize about the future of our country, consider joining us as we ponder the mysteries of the cosmos instead.

But make sure you vote first!

The exhibition extends until December 7th. The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday 9-5 and Friday-Sunday 10-4.

Artist Talk tomorrow night (Aug. 16th)


My exhibition closes on this coming Sunday, and I'll be here at Pascal Hall (86 Pascal Ave. in Rockport) every day until then, 1-5 pm (except for closing early at 4 pm on Saturday). I do have an artist talk tomorrow night from 5:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, August 16th, so I'll be open late that day. Hope to see you during the exhibition!

A Sense of Wonder Exhibition at Pascal Hall

sense of wonder pascal hall square.jpg

I'm back from Iceland now (much more on that soon) and I'm very excited to announce a new solo exhibition coming up very soon -- next week, in fact! "A Sense of Wonder" includes a wide variety of my work (really, some of almost everything, including Iceland prints fresh off the printer). The exhibition will be at the beautiful Pascal Hall in Rockport, Maine, a place I've always thought would be perfect for my work. 

The exhibition starts next Wednesday, August 8th and extends through August 19th. I'll be manning the gallery myself during the gallery hours of Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm. We'll have an opening reception on Friday, August 10th, 5-7 pm, and I'll give an artist talk on August 16th at 5:30.

I can't wait to see how it all comes out, and hope to see you sometime during the show!

Cosmos Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery


I'm incredibly excited about my upcoming exhibition at Portland's PhoPa Gallery that opens next week. The exhibition, entitled Cosmos, will have over twenty framed pieces from multiple of my bodies of work.

The exhibition goes from June 13th through July 28th, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 14th, from 5-7 pm. I'll give an artist talk on Wednesday, June 27th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. Hope to see everyone there!

The Door Between Exhibition at Maine Media Gallery

Euclidean Sonata #1

Euclidean Sonata #1

Opening today at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport is a new exhibition of handmade works (photographs and books) from a variety of artists, including two photographs from myself. My two cyanotypes are from my new Euclidean Sonata in my Harmony of the Spheres project. I definitely look forward to seeing all of the displayed work. The opening is tonight, August 16th, from 5-6:30 pm, and the exhibition extends until October 6th.

Cosmos Exhibition at Camerawork Gallery

I'm very excited to announce that a solo exhibition of my work, entitled Cosmos, has just opened at the Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition extends until August 25th. Cosmos includes 20 larger pieces from my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics and Harmony of the Spheres projects, and I love how the combination of the two projects came out.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest and get a chance to check out the exhibition, let me know what you think!


Nightvisions 2017 Exhibition

Ouroboros #1

Ouroboros #1

Three of my newest pieces are in the Nightvisions 2017 exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. The three pieces are from Ouroboros, part of my Harmony of the Spheres project. The exhibition opens to the public tonight and the exhibition will continue until July 29th. I wish I could see this one in person!

Exhibition at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, ME

Untitled #15,  East of the Sun, West of the Moon  project

Untitled #15, East of the Sun, West of the Moon project

Eleven pieces from my East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Codex Natura projects will be on display at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland starting this Friday, with an opening reception from 5-8 pm. The opening for the exhibition is First Friday in Rockland so there will be all kinds of great shows to see - I hope to see you there!

Opening at Boston Athenaeum April 5th

New England on Paper Opening Invitation.jpg

Next Wednesday night I'll be at an opening at the Boston Athenaeum for the New England on Paper opening exhibition that includes two of my pieces from their collection. The exhibition will go from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 5th. I look forward to seeing what should be a great exhibition!

Celestial Solo Exhibition at Unity College

We just installed a solo exhibition of my work at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. I'm excited about this show as it presents pieces from all five of my bodies of work for a total of 23 pieces.

There will be a reception on April 13th from 4-6 pm, and I've included the press release below:

Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Leonard R Craig Gallery at Unity College presents:

Jim Nickelson: “Celestial”

A show of work by Jim Nickelson. The show will run from March 9th to April 16th.

A reception for the artist will be held April 13th from 4:00-6:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. The reception is free and open to the public. 

In his work, Jim Nickelson creates photographs based on his interest in science and nature, with particular interest in the way we as a species grapple with the unknown and our relationship to the Universe. The exhibition includes work from five distinct bodies of work.

Adventures in Celestial Mechanics centers upon the full moon and the way various cultures relate to its cycles through naming conventions. Pyrotechnic studies natural forms found in abstracted fireworks, reminiscent of how we find familiar forms and comfort wherever we look. East of the Sun, West of the Moon explores landscapes evocative of fairy tale and myth, tools we have used for millenia to explain the unknown. Codex Natura addresses forms in nature suggestive of the shared celestial origin of all matter on Earth. Harmony of the Spheres is inspired by the idea, dominant for two thousand years among thinkers ranging from Pythagoras to Aristotle to Plato to Kepler, that objects spin in the night sky to create celestial music in harmonious relationship with each other, the natural world, and the human soul.

For more information contact Ben Potter, Professor of Art / Curator of the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at 207-509-7239, or e-mail bpotter@unity.edu

Order and Chaos Exhibition at Eastern Kentucky University

"Prelude #3", from my Harmony of the Spheres project

"Prelude #3", from my Harmony of the Spheres project

I'm pleased to announce that a piece from my Harmony of the Spheres project will be included in the Order and Chaos exhibition at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University as part of their Chautauqua Art Exhibition series. There is an opening reception this Thursday, Jan. 26th, from 5-7 pm, but I unfortunately will be unable to attend. The exhibition extends from Jan. 23rd through February 22nd.

Celestial Exhibition at Kingman Gallery

I'm very excited to announce a solo exhibition of my work at the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle, ME. The exhibition, entitled "Celestial", extends from July 21st through August 14th with an opening reception this coming Sunday, July 24th, from 2-5 pm. Information about the hours and such for the gallery are below or on its website.

One of the exciting things about this exhibition for me is that it features photographs from my five primary bodies of work -- the full moon photographs of Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, the abstracted fireworks of Pyrotechic, the dark abstracts of nature evocative of the shared celestial origins of everything on Earth in Codex Natura, the circular landscapes inspired by fairy tale and myth of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and my newest project, the celestial motion captured in Harmony of the Spheres.

I can't wait to see how the show looks and hope to see you there at the opening reception on Sunday!

Harmony of the Spheres (and a brief exhibition at PhoPa)

I'm very excited to announce my newest body of work, Harmony of the Spheres. It is one I've been thinking about and struggling with for years, and I've finally started to crack it. This is very much just the beginning, too -- here in my underground lair I'm already working on new variations of this. Using motion of celestial objects such as stars as my source, I'm inspired by myriad things such as classical views of the Universe, music, and printmaking.

You can see the first photographs from the series here, and you can read my project statement here.

This work will be exhibited in a group exhibition at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME, as part of the Maine Media Student Exhibition (I worked on this project as I was auditing the Projects course). I'll be at the opening in Portland Friday 5-7 pm, and the exhibition extends from June 1st - June 11th. I've seen everyone's work develop during the course and there are some truly wonderful photographs in this show, so definitely check it out if you are in the Portland area.

Your Daily Photograph

Your Daily Photograph is an international online gallery that features daily photographs from all over the world. Very soon (tomorrow? next week?) one of my photographs will be featured on the site, courtesy of guest curator Elin Spring. You can find out more on Elin's blog. There is definitely some interesting and good work featured on the site, so it is worth taking a look!