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For well over a year, against a backdrop of headlines consumed by the pandemic, Ohio-based printmaker Nicholas Hill has scanned the paper each day for people glimpsed in the backgrounds of news photos, then foregrounded them as raw, brush and ink drawings across the paper’s surface. Numbering over 3,800 so far (with just a selection on view in Key West), the drawings serve as a reminder of lives lost.
Nicholas Hill’s studio work involves the exploration of history, other cultures and the creative processes of artists in those cultures. His curatorial work has led to multiple exhibitions in the US by artists from India, Germany and Chile. A Guggenheim Fellow, Nicholas has been awarded residencies in the USA at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation and the Art Students League residency at Vytlacil. Currently, he is professor of art at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.