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Gary L. Nickard

Gary L. Nickard

(b. 1954)
Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gary Nickard is a conceptual artist, photographer, musician, and educator born in Toronto and based in Buffalo, N.Y. His work as an artist is informed by such diverse fields as science, philosophy, and psychoanalysis and often explores the intersections of visual art and literature.

Nickard received a Master of Arts in Humanities, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, all from the University at Buffalo. He served as executive director/curator of CEPA Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y., 1981-88), associate curator of the Alternative Museum (New York, N.Y., 1988-90), director of the Burden Gallery/Aperture Foundation (New York, 1990-91), and director of programs/curator of Artists Space (New York, 1992-94).

Nickard's work has been exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Big Orbit , the Burchfield Penney Art Center, CEPA, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery, all located in Buffalo, N.Y.; the Alternative Museum, Deitch Projects Entropy Gallery, 438 Broome Street Gallery, and the Puffin Room Gallery, all located in New York, N.Y; the Castellani Art Museum (Lewiston, N.Y.),  SPACES (Cleveland, Ohio); and YYZ (Toronto, Ontario), among many others. He has been an artist in residence at the George Eastman House (Rochester, N.Y.) and Light Work (Syracuse, N.Y.).

Nickard is a professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo. His critical essays have appeared in Afterimage, Exposure, and Border Crossings, among other publications. Nickard's best known work as a musician is with the Buffalo-based punk/art band the Vores, which he formed in the late 1970s with fellow visual artists Biff Henrich and David Kulik; Henrich and Nickard resurrected the group in 2002 with a new group of players.


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