Nelleke Nix, a brilliant mixed media and printmaking artist with more than 60 years of inimitable experience, presided over the NN Gallery in Seattle as its director beginning in 1970. She maintained two studios following her arrival in the U.S. from her native Holland in 1968, and her success afforded her the opportunity to serve as an artist-in-residence at the Lennox School in New York and the Jefferson Community Center in Seattle. She was likewise commissioned in the U.S. in Seattle, New York and abroad in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Papua New Guinea. Ms. Nix also taught and headed the art department at the Bush School, an all-girl’s school in Seattle; was an artist-in-residence at Fairhaven College in Washington; enjoyed teaching various summer art classes to children in Staten Island, New York; and earned renown as a writer.
Levering her expertise, Ms. Nix served as guest curator for a Holland-U.S.A. Bicentennial Show at the University of Washington, as project director for Women in Art Today in Washington and as a board director of SOHO20 Artists Galleries in New York. She also established an art gallery and founded the Women’s Caucus for Art Seattle. Moreover, Ms. Nix garnered a laudable reputation on the national advisory board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the steering committee of the feminist council of the Brooklyn Museum in 2011.
Ms. Nix’s artwork was featured in countless exhibitions at galleries throughout Washington, Seattle, Arizona and New York, and abroad in Holland, China and Poland. Her work has also been on display in dozens of group shows both nationally and internationally, including at the Collins General Central Library in Portland, Oregon, in 2002 and the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College in 2009. Furthermore, Ms. Nix enjoyed having her work exhibited in various public collections at such locations as the Bank of South America, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, and the Rhode Island Museum of the Holocaust.
In more recent years, Ms. Nix was featured with an installation of her work, “Hops,” at the SOHO20 Gallery in 2010. A second installation, “Hungry Eyes,” was later included at the gallery in 2014 Among other exhibitions, Ms. Nix was also featured at the Historic Museum in Staten Island in 2012, which was titled as “The Dogs of the Titanic.”
The author of many artist’s books, Ms. Nix notably published “1940-1945 Remembered: An Artist’s Book” in 1991. Other books to her credit include “Step Inside the Sacred Circle,” “Tsoek: Earthly Writings by a Fourpaw,” “Cicada, the Brood of 1996,” and “Zones of Time, Sand and Rain.” Ms. Nix also edited and published “A Girl and her Cat as a Matter of Fact.”
As a respected member of her community, Ms. Nix served on the board of directors of the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and was vice president of the Denny Regrade Community Council. In 1976, she was invited by Mayor Charles Royer and appointed to the Seattle Planning Commission where she served through 1986. Affiliated with several organizations in support of her career, Ms. Nix was a member of SOHO20, the Women in Arts of New York and the National Artist Equity Association, and was co-founder of the Denny Regrade Arts Council. Furthermore, she was a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she served as a founding member, library fellow and chairperson of the Washington state committee. Likewise, she remained involved as a member of the national advisory board for many years.
Ms. Nix attained a Master of Fine Arts at the Royal College for the Visual Arts in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1958 and completed several summer courses at the Beaux Arts in Paris. She later completed extension credits at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a certificate degree in advanced publishing at Stanford University in California. Well regarded throughout her field, Ms. Nix received a Wall Hanging Award from the City of Edmonds, Washington, in 1974, as well as several Merit, Silver and Gold Medal, and First Place Awards for her artwork. She has been showcased in over 30 editions of Marquis Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.