Biographical Information

 

Nicholas Edward Morris

18 rue Nicolet

Grenoble 38100

France

 

Born November 11th, 1990 in Chico, California

 

Academic Background

Institut d'Urbanisme et Géographie Alpine, Grenoble, France

Candidate for Masters in geography, planning, environment and development, specialization in innovation and territory, researching the capacity of socially engaged art practices to re-imagine and transform politics, planning and territorial development.

California College of the Arts, Oakland CA                                                                     

            B.F.A. in sculpture with visual studies minor, highest distinction 2013

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia PA

            Architectural studies 2009

 

Creative Projects

Histoires de Pays Lointains, Grenoble, France 2017

Ongoing cartography project producing topographical ceramic maps void of typography or demarcation, thus representing sections of the earth in pure earth

Tassajara Gate, Tassajara CA 2013

Organizer in project led by Zen Priest Paul Discoe rebuilding the front gate at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery outside of Asia

Structural Alternatives, Oakland CA 2013

Creator and co-developer of project based class at the California College of the Arts determined to bring about physical, social and environmental alternatives, forming a research team studying building techniques, societal structures and the impact of human activities on the planet

Bric a Brac, Greater Bay Area CA 2012

Collaborator in form flexible project aiming to understand and develop connections between the natural and built environment through the fabrication and use of a Compressed Earth Brick press used as a learning and building tool

Social Craft, Bangalore India 2011

Co-creator of pedagogical project at the Srishti School of Art and Design, exploring the physical and ephemeral qualities of home and valuing daily routines as sources of physical, mental, emotional, and social learning.

 

 

Occupational Experience

Orthotic Composites, London UK 2014-2017                                                                            

            Composite orthotics workshop manager

Joinery Structures, Oakland CA 2011-2013                                                              

            Apprenticeship under ordained Zen Priest Paul Discoe in traditional Japanese Joinery

California College of the Arts, Sculpture Program, Oakland, CA 2010-2012

Wood, Metal, Plaster, Wax, Studio Shop Monitor

Land Image, Landscape Architects and Planners, Chico, CA 2009

Intern, Green Roof Feasibility Study

A4 Architects. Carbondale, CO, 2008

Intern

 

Participation

 

Arts & Pedagogy

"Socially and Community Engaged Art. What is it and who is doing it?" Module mentored by Rick Lowe with Elpida Rikou, Biella Italy 2017

Certificate of Completion

Art of the MOOC: Merging Public Art and Experimental Education, Global 2015    

Certificate of Completion with Distinction

MilesKM 2015 Tanteo Art School, London UK 2015                                    

Creative Pedagogy Research Panelist

 

Building & Community

California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, Hesperia CA 2012

Earth bag emergency shelter long-term apprentice

SPACE, Oakland CA 2011-2013

Co-founder and chair of radical, informal society dedicated to critical artistic praxis, dialogue and thoughtful dinners

Green Home Works. Philadelphia PA 2009

Living roof construction project for local agricultural college

 

Language

Institut Francais, London UK 2016-2017

            French Language studies certified to CECR C1

British Institute of Persian Studies, London UK 2015                                                      

Intensive Persian Language Course (début B2)

 

Composites / Orthotics

Dark Matter, Redbourn UK 2017

Composites Training Course (carbon fiber, glass fiber, aramid, modern composites)

National Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Glasgow UK 2015                                     

Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthotics Short Course

Exhibitions, Publications & Awards

Territoire Apprenant, recipient of subvention from la Commission Culture Aides aux Projets à l'Université Grenoble Alpes, France, 2017

All Around Us Always, Colpa Press, Publication contributor in poetry, San Francisco CA 2013

Social Craft Presents Home, Exhibition and Publication co-author, San Francisco CA 2012

Feastival, Solo exhibition, Oakland CA 2013   

Ronald & Anita Wornick Award Exhibition, San Francisco CA 2012

IMPACT - $10,000 Social Entrepreneurship Award, San Francisco CA 2012

Ronald & Anita Wornick Scholarship for excellence in woodworking 2011

Cries of San Francisco, Member of group exhibition organized by artist Allison Smith at Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA 2011

Before Charcoal, Exhibition with artist Joseph Thomas, San Francisco CA 2010

Humble Pie Literary Journal, Publication contributor in poetry, Oakland CA  2010   

CCA Excellence in Student Leadership Award 2012

CCA Excellence in Student Leadership Award: Sustainability Leader 2010

CCA Creative Achievement Award

 

International Experience

Since autumn 2017, Grenoble, France has been Nicholas’ home. Between 2013 and 2017, he lived and worked in London, England. During this time, he traveled to Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, and Canada for periods of time lasting between one and four weeks each. Nicholas lived and completed a project in Bangalore, India in the summer of 2012. Prior to this, he had visited Ireland, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and Bonaire.