Visual Arts


NOW SHOWING: Ann Nichols

Ann Nichols is a contemporary realist painter from Chattanooga, TN who works in the medium of oil on panel. An artist since 1980, she has explored various subject matter in series – finally settling on realistic still lifes in 1994.  

“After working on a rather large scale for about 20 years, I wanted to do a series of miniature paintings that resembled ‘little jewels,’ “ said Ms. Nichols. “I feel that the brilliant colors and iridescent jewel tones of hummingbirds convey my intention.” 

For this exhibit at the Creative Arts Guild, she has divided the picture plane into two unequal sections and paired still life objects (eggs, nests, fruit) with hummingbirds in a landscape setting. She has also included small “portraits” of individual hummingbirds to illustrate the wide variety of coloration and markings of different species. 

Ms. Nichols has a B.S, M.S. and a B.F.A. degree in painting and has mounted solo shows at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City; the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga; The Cobb Museum in Marietta, GA; the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in Nashville, TN; the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN; as well as galleries in the Southeast. 

She has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Voronezh, Russia. 

The winner of four gold medals, she was juried into the Tennessee State Museum’s “The Best of Tennessee” exhibition and her painting was purchased by the museum for its permanent collection. In 2014, one of her paintings was accepted into the International Guild of Realism 9th Annual Exhibition. In 2018, she was selected to be the featured artist in Knoxville’s Artsclamation Exhibition/Gala. 

In addition to the Tennessee State Museum, her paintings are in the public collections of Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum, TVA, Opryland USA, Maryville College, UT Chattanooga, The Baylor School, First Tennessee Bank, Memorial Hospital, Siskin Hospital, and Benwood Foundation. 

Ms. Nichols served as a judge for the 1996 International Children’s Art Exhibit in Voronezh, Russia; and has been a curator, critic, and a visual arts panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in Miami, FL. She was the arts writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press for 23 years. 

Since 1981, she has participated in the Creative Arts Guild’s Fall Festival - winning Best in Show (2005), Director’s Award (2010), Best 2-D Artwork (2019) and the Grumbacher Gold Medal (2000), (2001), (2002).