Nicole Benner is a textile artist whose work examines the numerous layers of the body affected by chronic pain, as it relates to spinal health. Exploring and expanding traditional techniques, she creates objects that exist on the body or with a close relationship to the human anatomy. Most recently her work has begun to explore performance as a way to narrate her textile sculptures.
Nicole received an MFA in Textile Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Central Missouri. Her work has been featured in the international publications, Fiber Art Now and Surface Design, and is part of the “Crossing Generations: Past, Present, & Future” exhibition at the 2017 Surface Design Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Nicole is also a current artist of the 2017-2018 Walthall Fellowship in Atlanta, GA.