Jim Nickelson | Cosmos

June13th – July 28th, 2018

Opening Reception | Thursday, June 14th, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk | Wednesday, June 27th. 5:30-6:30 pm


Project Statement

Developed from three separate projects, Cosmos is a selection of photographs by Jim Nickelson that explores the way that human kind grapples with the unknown, particularly as it pertains to science and cosmology. His photographs are inspired by Earth’s natural rhythms and cycles, but also by the human understanding and cultural implications of these patterns. Nickelson uses photography to examine how we as humans seek to impose order on what we experience, how we explain our role in the Universe via story or myth, and simply, how we try to understand the workings of the Universe itself.


The photographs comprising Cosmos include pieces from multiple projects:

Adventures in Celestial Mechanics centers upon the full moon and the way various cultures relate to its cycles through naming conventions.

Harmony of the Spheres is built from abstracted celestial objects and is inspired by the idea, dominant for two thousand years among thinkers ranging from Pythagoras to Aristotle to Plato to Kepler, that objects spin in the night sky to create celestial music in harmonious relationship with each other, the natural world, and the human soul.

Terra Incognita is an exploration of imagined landscapes or worlds created using photographs of our own natural world as raw materials. Terra Incognita includes Cosmographia, Codex Natura, & East of the Sun, West of the Moon, each with a distinct vision of imagined landscapes.



Jim Nickelson works as a fine art photographer, custom digital printer, and teacher and is the author of Fine Art Inkjet Printing published by Rocky Nook in 2017. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School). Jim makes his home in Camden, Maine, with his amazing wife and daughter.

Jim has received numerous awards, including being honored as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, and the Baer Art Center in Iceland. Jim has also exhibited widely, including in museums or galleries such as the Boston Athenaeum, Photo Resource Center at Boston University, Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA), Camerawork Gallery (Portland, OR), Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockport, ME), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor, ME), Michener Art Museum (Doyletown, PA), Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston, ME), Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Soho Photo Gallery (NYC), University of Wyoming Art Museum (Laramie, WY), 555 Gallery (Boston, MA), Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY), Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), Preston Contemporary Art Center (Mesilla, NM), Spiva Center for the Arts (Joplin, MO), Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Kingman Gallery (Deer Isle, ME), Coconino Center for the Arts (Flagstaff, AZ), Gallery Photographica (San Francisco, CA), Camerawork Gallery (Portland, OR), Carver Hill Gallery (Rockland, ME), and Silvermine Guild Galleries (New Canaan, CT).