Nykelle DeVivo

nykelledevivo@gmail.com / San Diego, CA. USA 


2014 - 2018 San Francisco Art Institute - B.F.A. in Photography (with an emphasis on the History and Theory of Contemporary Art)

2022 - 2025 University of California San Diego - M.F.A. in Visual Arts 

Public Acquisitions 

2023 Harvard Art Museum, Permanent Collection. Cambridge, MA 

2023 Sheldon Museum of Art, Permanent Collection. Lincoln, NE

2023 Medium Photo, Director’s Choice Award Purchase. San Diego, CA

2022 Portland Art Museum, Permanent Collection. Portland, OR

2022 Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Artist Collection. Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions

2024 Guest Room, Der Grief Curated by William Camargo & Nadine Henrich. Munich, Germany

2023 Fire and Thunder, Pioneer Works. Curated by Adama Kamara. Brooklyn, NYC

2023 Imminent Existence, Photographic Center Northwest. Curated by Arnika Dawkins. Seattle, WA

2023 Size Matters, Medium Photo. Curated by C. Meier. San Diego, CA

2022 Recent Acquisitions, Portland Art Museum. Curated by Julia Dolan. Portland, OR

2022 FORECAST (juror's choice), SF Camerawork. Curated by Marcel Pardo Ariza. San Francisco, CA

2022 Representation in Relation to Race, MICA. Curated by Lia Latty. Baltimore, MD

2021 A Spirit Of Disruption, The Walter McBean. Curated by Leila Weefur. San Francisco, CA

2020 Uplift & Elevate, The Union for Contemporary Arts. Curated by Mary Lawson. Omaha, NE

2020 Unapologetic Me, Kaneko. Curated by Ang Bennett. Omaha, NE

2020 Black Love, Black Futures, South of Downtown Association. Curated by Katharine Wiese. Lincoln, NE

2019 Holding, Delaplane Gallery. Curated by Sophie Appel. San Francisco, CA

2019 Nebraska Artist Biennial, Gallery 1516. Co-curation. Omaha, NE

2018 From My Body, Kearny Street Workshop. Curated by Francis Calimlim and Dara Katrina Del Rosario. SanFrancisco, CA

2018 Pave, New Image Art Gallery. Curated by Jeffrey Cheung. Los Angeles, CA

2018 Bay Area Currents, Smith Andersen North. Curated by Stefan Kirkeby. San Anselmo, CA

2018 Green Book, Southern Exposures. Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers. San Francisco,CA

2017 Anti-Oppression Art, New Parish. Curated by Ben Jones. Lincoln, NE

Fellowships / Awards

2023 Silver List, Silver Eye Center

2022 Google, Inaugural Google Image Equity Fellow

2022 Photolucida, Critical Mass Top 50


2023 Bayside Revisited (Vol. 2). By Cassidy Gabriel Martinez. The Print Center,  Philadelphia, PA

2023 Aperture (digital article). Interview by Cassidy Paul. New York, NY

2023 Skew Magazine (Issue no. 04). Edited by Reneice Charles. Los Angeles, CA

2022 Fraction Magazine (Issue no. 161). Edited by Bree Lamb. Albuquerque, NM

2021 Aint-Bad (Issue no. 15), interview by Sean Manuel. Savannah, GA

2020 Foglifter (Volume 5 Issue no. 1). Cover. Edited by Miah Jeffra. San Francisco, CA

2017 Sacred and Profane (Volume 8). Edited by Linda Connor. p. 46-54

2016 Foglifter (Volume 1 Issue no. 1). Edited by Miah Jeffra. p. 79-86.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Towards Ascension, DIS Gallery. San Francisco, CA

2017 notes, Paul Sack Gallery. SanFrancisco, CA

Curated Exhibitions

2018 Keep the Family Close, Diego Rivera Gallery. San Francisco, CA

Artist Talks

2023 Los Angeles Center of Photography. Facilitated by Aline Smithson. Los Angeles, CA

2023 UC San Diego. Facilitated by William Camargo. La Jolla, CA

2022 SF Camerawork. Facilitated by Ra Malika Imhotep. San Francisco, CA

2022 Stanford University. Facilitated by Kari Orvick. Stanford, CA

Related Experience

2022 - 2025 Teachers Assistant, University of California San Diego. La Jolla, CA

2023 Artist Residency Panel Reviewer, Level Ground Residency. Los Angeles, CA

2017 - 2022 Professional Assistant, Wesaam Al-Badry / Nina Robinson / April Martin / Carlos Ortiz. 

San Francisco, CA

2021 - 2022 Print Technician, Valaurum Inc. Portland, OR

2015 - 2018 Studio Technician, Digital Imaging Studio & Digital Dark Room. San Francisco, CA

2018 Mentor, First Exposures. San Francisco, CA

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