Executive Director of SOLA
Nichole DeMent brings over 20 years experience in the Pacific Northwest nonprofit arts. In addition to sustaining our ongoing commitment to fund mature women artists through a partnership with Artist Trust and the Yvonne Twining Humber Foundation, she will lead the expansion of SOLA programs and resources, as well as general administration and operations.
Nichole previously supported mature artists as Program Manager at Artist Trust where she developed materials and trained artists and art archiving specialists under the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program. Her work was part of a national CALL training and in collaboration with nonprofit arts organizations in key cities across the US.
Having served as the Executive & Artistic Director for Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Seattle, among other curatorial and leadership roles in both nonprofit and commercial galleries, she continually pursues a personal mission to elevate art and artists to their rightful place in society.
Nichole has a passion for inspiring artists of all kinds and has taught art, and the business of it, at higher education institutions including Pacific Lutheran University, Photo Center Northwest, and Cornish College of the Arts, as well as Professional Development programs through Artist Trust.
As an artist herself, she studied art and archetypes from prehistoric to contemporary in caves and prehistoric sites throughout Spain, Greece, Crete, Italy and France. Nichole received a BA in 2002 from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Fine Art Photography and Art History. Her fine art photographs and mixed media encaustic works have been published in "Miroir Magazine," "Encaustic Art in the 21st Century," and decorate CDs and book covers. Her personal artworks are included in many collections including the Swedish Medical Center Art Collection, Museum of Encaustic Art, and many private collections. Her personal work is represented by Seattle Art Museum's SAM Gallery. She resides in West Seattle with her artist husband and two furry kids with paws.