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Nicole Maloof - Contemporary Artist 

Nicole Maloof is a Washington, DC based artist and recent MFA graduate from American University. She graduated from Boston College in 2019 with degrees in both Studio Art and Psychology. Her art practice engages themes surrounding the abject body, seduction, and perception. Maloof was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was four years old. As someone with an autoimmune disease she is constantly aware of the inner workings of the body. She hopes to bring this level of awareness to the viewer through material exploration. She often creates work that straddles a line between repulsion and seduction necessary to mystify the viewer into self-reflection.


Maloof is materially driven; she is dependent on investigation and uses conventional art materials including plaster, resin and acrylic paint, in combination with used medical supplies, hard candy and Jell-O in order to explore the way manipulation can alter the read of an object.  Her alteration and transformation of materials mimics the transformation that occurs within her own body when synthetic insulin is administered and sugar is absorbed from the bloodstream into the cells. 


Photo Credit: Elizabeth-Ann Spruill-Smith, 2024

Maloof works at HEMPHILL Artworks in downtown Washington, DC as the Gallery Associate/Social Media Manager.  While in school, Maloof received the Babs Van Swearingen Memorial Award from American University. She was a remote Artist in Residence with GlogauAIR based in Berlin, Germany in Fall 2022 and has participated in exhibitions with Midwest Nice at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA, the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, Transformer in Washington, DC, McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA and Falls Church Arts Gallery in Falls Church, VA among others.  Her large free standing sculpture, Self Portrait: 19 years and 112 days, 2,335 Autosoft 90 Infusion Sets and counting, was on view at Touchstone Gallery in downtown Washington, DC from January 12, 2024 - February 19, 2024 and was reviewed by Mark Jenkins for The Washington Post.  Maloof participated in The Affordable Art Fair NYC with treat gallery and was included in the online exhibition, On Resin and Consequence with the gallery in Spring 2024.


2020 - 2022

MFA, American University, Washington, DC.

2015 - 2019

BA in Studio Art and Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Selected Exhibitions 

Current & Upcoming

Summer Exhibition

Rat Gallery, Washington, DC

June 2024


On Resin and Consequence, Treat Gallery, New York, NY.

Affordable Art Fair NYC, Midwest Nice / Treat Gallery, New York, NY.

Exploring Chronic Illness and Medicine Through Art, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI.

Figure, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC.

Intersection: Identity and Culture, Falls Church Arts Gallery, Falls Church, VA.


The Invincible Visible, Transformer’s 19th Annual Exhibition & Benefit Auction, Washington, DC.

(Not) Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA.
About Face, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA.
nice; 01, Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD.
Our Bodies, Ourselves-50 Years On,Upstream Gallery, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY.

Hotter 'N Hell, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA.
Used, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA.

Glowing, Tapiial Virtual, Santiago de Chile.

Illuminating the Beauty of Science, Suboart Magazine.

The Limited Palette, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI.
Sick Artists Club, Things I have learned the hard way.

Winter Virtual Group Exhibition, Royal Blue Gallery.

Food Story, Gallerium Art, Ontario, Canada.


Collective Worlds, Juried Exhibition, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI.

in•position, MFA Thesis Exhibition, American University Museum, Washington, DC.

What a Relief: small relief sculptures, Juried Exhibition, Phillips@THEARC, Washington, DC.

Sweet Tooth, Juried Exhibition, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.

Regional Juried Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD, Online Group Exhibition, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA.

Mind Body Spirit, Online Group Exhibition, J Mane Gallery. 

Unity, Online Group Exhibition, Art Fluent, Boston, MA.


Envisioning Benefit Exhibition and Online Auction, Juried Exhibition, Transformer, Washington, DC.

Ruins, Still Point Arts Gallery, Online Group Exhibition, Brunswick, ME.


Senior Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Residencies & Awards


Emerging Woman Artist Award First Runner Up, Arts to Hearts Project.

Honorable Mention, nice;01, Midwest Nice, Aberdeen, SD.


2021 - 2022

2020 - 2021

Online Artist in Residence, GlogauAIR Artistic On-line Program,  Berlin, Germany

Babs Van Swearingen Memorial Award, American University, Washington, DC

Babs Van Swearingen Memorial Award, American University, Washington, DC



In the galleries: Focusing on the many guises of the human form, Mark Jenkins for The Washington Post, February 9, 2024.

Canvas Rebel, Meet Nicole Maloof, April 8, 2024.


Suboart Magazine, Summer Issue, 2023.

Studio Visit Magazine, Volumes 53 & 54, 2023.



Still Point Arts Quarterly, Issue No. 44, Winter 2021.

CouCou Collective, Issue 1, June 16, 2020.

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