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Nicole Macdonald

Independent Filmmaker
Nicole Macdonald is an artist who paints and collages her Detroit environment in miniatures and maximums, portraits and landscapes, with brush and camera. As director of the Detroit Film Center from 2006-2009, Macdonald led screenings of local and independent film and video work in downtown Detroit. She has worked as a digital video instructor for Y-Arts (Southeast Michigan YMCA network), focusing on inner-city youth and low-income adult education and Detroit Area Film & Television (DAFT) to produce animated video shorts with high school students and with the Prison Creative Arts Project she ran art workshops through for incarcerated youth and adults. Her documentaries on the Detroit environment and city history have won Best Michigan Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Documentary at Humboldt Film Festival, and the John Michaels Filmmaker Award for Social Activism and Community Empowerment at the Big Muddy Film Festival, and have screened at Media City International and Full Frame film festivals.
Nicole Macdonald is an artist who paints and collages her Detroit environment in miniatures and maximums, portraits and landscapes, with brush and camera. As director of the Detroit Film Center from 2006-2009, Macdonald led screenings of local and independent film and video work in downtown Detroit. She has worked as a digital video instructor for Y-Arts (Southeast Michigan YMCA network), focusing on inner-city youth and low-income adult education and Detroit Area Film & Television (DAFT) to produce animated video shorts with high school students and with the Prison Creative Arts Project she ran art workshops through for incarcerated youth and adults. Her documentaries on the Detroit environment and city history have won Best Michigan Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Documentary at Humboldt Film Festival, and the John Michaels Filmmaker Award for Social Activism and Community Empowerment at the Big Muddy Film Festival, and have screened at Media City International and Full Frame film festivals. Paintings and collages have been exhibited in local and national shows, including Casco Gallery in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. Involved with the boards of various non-profits and galleries in the city of Detroit including: City Sculpture (founder), Southwest Artist Latino Network (founder), Detroit Artists Market, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. Macdonald's roughly ten foot portraits of historical Detroiters have been erected throughout the city starting in 2014, as part of the Detroit Portrait Series. Her work was published in Canvas Detroit (2015) and Essay'd, Vol 1 (2016) by Wayne State Press; last year she was awarded a Kresge Fellowship in visual arts. The new ‘Living Musical Legends' portrait series, featuring ten music genres will be installed in late 2018 on the oldest Albert Kahn-designed bank in the city of Detroit, near the Motown museum on Woodward Avenue.