Artist in Residence – Nicole Shaver

Nicole Shaver grew up along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, USA where she skipped rocks and watched fisherman gut salmon as a child.   Largely inspired by geology and the contemporary sublime, her work surrounds ideas of place and belonging using geographical sites as metaphorical compass to catalog experience and explore the potentiality of the space between reality and fantasy.

She recently earned her MFA from the University of Iowa through the Iowa Arts Fellowship.  She has been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered and published in New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine.  During her time at NES, she will be installing a public sculpture here in Skagaströnd and researching for a solo exhibition in February at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check out her website: or follow her on Instagram @nicolejshaver