Maureen Nollette (B. 1964 Omaha, Nebraska) lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). Nollette’s work investigates gender inequity and unjust social constructs in a broad sense. She explores these arenas by engaging in labor-intensive stitching, pinning, and painting, employing materials traditionally linked to craft to disrupt and mend falsely constructed labels and value assumptions. Through process and placement, Nollette references society’s broken framework creating work that evolves and gathers, attempting to set an egalitarian course.
The artist’s work has been included in exhibitions within and outside the United States, including China, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio. In addition, her work is collected by 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); and j. jill Group (Tilton, NH).
Nollette’s curatorial work includes exhibitions at The former Steketee Building, Grand Rapids, MI; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI; and Project 337, Grand Rapids, MI. She was a juror at The Marble House Project, Dorset, VT, Visual Artists’ Residency; Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, Foundation’s Portfolio Review; and Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI, Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Trained as a graphic designer and then a painter, Nollette earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of University, a B.F.A. from Kansas City Arts Institute, and her M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Queens College.