Nicole in her sculpture Vessel.  Created in Russia as part of a residency with the National Contemporary Center for the Arts.  This photo was taken in Berlin by Michael Wickham as a part of his 40 Berliners Series.

Nicole Anona Banowetz

Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms.  Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle.  She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive.  Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.

Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture.  She has also lived and worked internationally creating mosaic work in India and working and showing in Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany and England.  Nicole is currently a member of Pirate Contemporary Art in Denver and has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, the Arvada Center, Ironton Gallery, and the Kreuzburg Pavilion.

Nicole has completed  residencies at the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka, Poland a part of the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art‘s artist in residency program, the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt in Russia, and in Berlin the GlogauAIR artist in residency program and  the Institut für Alles Mögliche residency program.   She also participated in the Denver Children's Museum residency program, making a large inflatable series of sculptures inspired by childrens drawings of microscopic creatures.  

Nicole is currently based in Denver .  She is a member of Pirate Contmporary Art. Her next show at Pirate is scheduled for August 2017.  She recently completed a large inflatable light installation for the Amsterdam Light festival.