Art educators are at the forefront of the future generation of artists and choose to inspire their students every day. As a woman-owned business, 1628 understands the importance of giving the spotlight to those who have been left out of gallery spaces in the past. We are pleased to present these two artists with the opportunity to share their work with new audiences, as well as to show what it means to be woman/queer artists in art education.

Nicole Trimble is Assistant Professor of Media Communications & Technology at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College as well as co-founder of Bright Wall Collective, a mural collective based out of Southwest Ohio. Her studio practice is grounded in painting and observation of the human figure while exploring ways this traditional medium can intersect with digital media. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and in publications such as Movers & Makers, AEQAI, Studio Visit and Professional Artist Magazine. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from Miami University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP.

Real People Series, 16″ x 20″, acrylic and paper on panel

“Working primarily as a painter, I’m interested in both the history of the medium and how it can be translated to a contemporary context, seeking to create a dialogue between traditional media and our current digital culture. My work is inspired by historical images and compositional devices, the language of portraiture and figuration, and explores art tropes, archetypes and absurdism. I’m also keenly interested in the role memory plays in our understanding of an event or subject, and in turn, our comprehension of what is real or imagined, misremembered or fictionalized. How do we make a distinction between a “real person” and a fictional character in a world of social media influencers, reality television, and binge-watch culture?”

-Nicole Trimble (she/her)

The Spring 2023 exhibition will be on view from February 27th – May 19th, 2023. 

Multiple pieces in this exhibition are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any artwork from the show, please contact us at

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