Wearable Art




 Bio: Museum Acquisitions & Exhibitions

Robyn Nichols was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Kansas City, Missouri in her childhood. 

In 1979, Nichols achieved a Bachelor of Fine Artis degree, in Design, from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) While at KCAI, she acquired her own tools and taught herself how to work in precious metals since the art Institute did not have a program in Metal Arts.

Upon graduating, she opened her first studio gallery in a shared building in Kansas City, Missouri, and held her first One Woman Exhibition in 1980 at the Kruger Gallery, in New York, Ny.

In 1996, Nichols left the building she was sharing with colleagues, and moved a few blocks away to her own studio and gallery. She named the building, The Pearl (a found treasure), a dedicated space to created showcase her work, and of other invited artists. Nichols is known famously for her jewelry and tableware, in addition to her grandiose, themed annual showings and performance art (a 28 year run)of her work each December. Some of the themes, over the years included "The Clue" derived from the well-known board game; "One Day of the Naive Demure Woman"; "The Harley Wedding"; "Naughty or Nice" and "The Dressing of a Geisha".

In 1982, She incorporated her art business as Robyn Nichols / Personal Works of Art, Inc. At the time, she began showing her silver and gold work (wearable art and serving pieces)to the trade at the prestigious American Crafts Shows (at various national locations); Museum Art Shows (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, the JA New York and The Design New York, at the Javits Center in New York City; and other prestigious art shows across the country.

Her participation in the aforementioned shows brought Robyn Nichols / Personal Works of Art, Inc. hundreds of accounts with galleries, boutiques, museum stores, specialty stores and corporations across the United States and abroad. To supply the orders of her art, all pieces are created by hand, and with assistants whom she taught to create her works of art.

Nichols loves to mentor and share her knowledge of metal arts. For 14 years, she taught metalsmithing in the Grand Cayman Islands while maintaining a studio there until 2006.

In 1991, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design -Cooper-Hewitt Museum acquired Nichols' The Nasturtium Salad Servers for their permanent collection. These museums follow:

1995, Morning Glory Sugar Bowl; and 1998, Brambles Vase: Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2006, Fish Mezuzah; Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, New York

2010, Nymphaea (Water Lily) Rattle; 2011, Thatch Palm Bowl; 2013, Lupines and Lady Slippers Candelabra; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

2019 Sweet Offerings, Spic Box and Pomegranate,Mezuzah; The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jedudah, The Klein Collection, Overland Park, Kansas

From 2005-09, Nichols created a line of stainless-steel serving pieces licensed to Demdaco, Design for Home. Robyn Nichols of Demdaco and sterling silver jewelry pieces designed and licensed to QVC Online Shopping Network, Robyn Nichols for QVC.

Frome 2009-13, Nichols lived in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico as a consultant to establish a Hollowware Department for the El Centro De Las Artes Contemporaneous de San Miguel. She moved back to the United States, to establish a new studio on her rural wooded property outside Kansas City, Missouri.

Nichols works primarily by commission and through www.RobynNichols.com

She is represented by Swanky's Interior Design Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is able to meet clients directly.