MAC Staff Spotlight: Nicole Martin

We are very pleased to welcome Nicole Martin to the MAC team! Nicole has accepted the title of Assistant Director and has already jumped right in and started helping in a big way. Let's learn a little but about Nicole here:


1. What is your connection to the arts? Are you an artist yourself or do you have a particular interest in the arts?

Growing up, I had access to visual and performing arts, which very much informed my passion and commitment to the arts today. It wasn’t until college when I immersed myself in the field of art history and museum education. My experience as an art historian led me to adopt the mindset that I was only an art appreciator and not a maker. However, this past year, I’ve been able to break down those self-imposed walls and finally call myself an artist!


2. What is your favorite art medium and why is it your favorite?

I’ve dabbled in everything from painting, drawing, textiles, printmaking, and ceramics. Currently, my favorite medium to practice is ceramics. I learned how to throw on the wheel last July and since then have become obsessed with the practice. It’s such an unpredictable medium and a great way to immerse yourself in a creative flow state.

3. If you could learn any arts medium, what would it be? Why?

I would love to learn how to quilt. I have a basic knowledge of sewing, crocheting, and knitting, but have always wanted to learn how to quilt. Textiles are so fascinating to me, especially from an art historical perspective, as they oscillate between the categories of ‘fine art’ and ‘craft.’ Additionally, I would love to be proficient in figure drawing. Capturing the human figure is a challenging and impressive practice. I admire anyone who can depict the human figure effortlessly!

4. What is your favorite part of your job as MAC Assistant Director?

As the Assistant Director, I thoroughly enjoy being able to have my fingers in all different pies, so to speak! Some days I’ll be in the gallery connecting with collectors and getting to know local artists. Other days, I’ll work behind the scenes supporting our educational programs and annual events. MAC plays a crucial role in the cultural enrichment of the Eastern Sierras and I am thrilled to be a part of it in any and all ways.


5. Why do you think the arts are so important right now? The arts have always played an important role in everyday life. I think especially in the uncertainty of the pandemic, the arts provided relief and hope. Arts can be a vehicle for creativity, community, and change. When we open ourselves up to learning, appreciating, and making art, there’s so much we can accomplish individually and collectively. My mission as an arts administrator, historian, and educator is to ensure that visual and performing arts remain important and accessible to all.