Nicole is an artist, educator, and small business owner. Nicole currently teaches at Columbia College and runs One Strange Bird. Nicole received her MFA from UIC in 2008 and has been making and showing artwork for over 10 years. She has shown at Thomas McCormick gallery, the Hyde Park Art Center, and in the Next Fair among others. Nicole is a maker and loves painting, drawing, crafting, and learning new skills to share with her students.
Amanda Smith is an artist who has been living and working in Chicago since 2011. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Texas with a focus in painting and printmaking, and made her way to the Midwest shortly after graduation. Amanda's work explores themes of femininity and common human experience. She loves sharing her passion for making art (and having fun in the process!) with others.