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Burnsville High School teacher earns art residency

Burnsville High School teacher earns art residency


Burnsville High School arts teacher Nicole Soley is one of three recipients of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) Jerome Foundation Book Arts Residency Series. 

Since graduating from college in 2017 and beginning her career as an art teacher in Burnsville, Soley has been actively involved in printmaking. She currently maintains a studio at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Her work has been featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally and highlights “printmaking as a space of empowerment.”

“If you ever hear that Nicole is having an art show, RUN don't walk because her artwork is amazing,” said Susan Buckrey, fellow art teacher. “In her recent pieces, she tells fascinating life stories through hand printed pop-up books. I love her work and even hope she will sell me one of her giant wood block prints!”

“Nicole is not only an incredible educator but also an amazing artist,” said Robyn Kegley, Soley’s colleague. “Nicole has used her art experiences and knowledge to improve the Global Arts curriculum so that students are more interested in the program, and the increase in interest has allowed for higher level Global Arts sections to run. We have been so blessed to have Nicole as part of the art team, and we are very proud of her acceptance and completion of her art residency program with Minnesota Center for Book Arts. 

Soley’s artwork is on display at the MCBA main gallery through Jan. 7, 2023. There was an opening reception that took place on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m.  

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped emerging artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Through these fellowship and mentorship opportunities, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines have created book arts projects that challenge and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

For more details about Soley and to see some of her artwork, visit