Larissa Nickel

Visual art

“Alice’s Map for an Other LA,” collected doilies archived in Alice Constance Austin’s Llano city plan, 2014.


Larissa Nickel is an artist, designer, curator, and college educator with degrees in studio art and museum studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Johns Hopkins University. Using the museum as an active methodology for artistic practice, she creates works that research, archive, collect, educate, and exhibit towards a new architecture of creative practice and cultural exchange. An exhibiting artist and freelance designer, her work has been shown at the Armory Center for the Arts, California State University Northridge, Cerritos College, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, the Torrance Art Museum, and numerous alternative spaces. Nickel is founder of arts initiatives Hinterculture—a collection of cultural mapping stories from the Mojave desert, and DEHSART—a discard eco-studies Wunderkammer. She has explored new forms of museums and arts experiences through community engagement platforms Yestermorrow: Llano, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and mobile interactions at the Smithsonian Institution. She is currently an instructor in the Arts and Humanities Division at Antelope Valley College, and has directed contemporary and historical exhibitions, public art programs, and operations for museums and galleries, and published essays, catalogues, new media, and scholarly articles for peer reviewed journals.