Maureen Nollette was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Trained as a designer and painter, she earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska in 1986, and a BFA from Kansas City Arts Institute in 1991. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Queens College in 1995.
Nollette examines gender inequality and unjust social constructs in a broad sense. Her practice is informed by the overlooked and undervalued labor performed by women, often labeled women’s work. She explores this arena by engaging in labor-intensive stitching, pinning, and painting, employing materials traditionally linked to craft. Through process and placement, Nollette disrupts and mends falsely constructed labels and value assumptions.
Her work has been included in exhibitions in Beijing, China; New York, NY; Detroit, MI; New Haven, CT; Atlanta, GA; and Brooklyn, NY to name a few. Her work is in prominent private and public collections including Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI); Yves St. Laurent (New York, NY); MGM Mirage Hotel (Las Vegas, NV); j. jill Group (Tilton, NH).