WomELLE 2023 Award

Nicole (Nikki) Frelier Andrews

Founder of NFA Boards

Arts Advocate of the Year

Nicole (Nikki) Frelier Andrews, Founder of NFA Boards and an award-winning painter and installation artist, has been recognized as the Arts Advocate of the Year by the Female Voice Awards for 2023, an accolade created by WomELLE. 

Education and Leadership

Born into a French family in Northern California, Nikki’s artistic journey is deeply rooted in her love for her native land. With a career spanning three decades in museum and gallery work, Nikki’s artistry goes beyond personal expression to include public outreach and community leadership.  

Nikki graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, emphasizing Digital Media and minoring in French and Art History. Her education has been a cornerstone in her artistic development, blending traditional and digital media techniques.   

Nikki has served on various executive boards, leadership councils, and planning committees and has been a driving force in uniting artistic communities for the public good. Her efforts support diverse arts and artists, demonstrating her commitment to the artistic community and the wider public. 

Accomplishments and Exhibitions

Nikki’s accolades include first-place awards at juried exhibitions like the National Steinbeck Museum and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Her leadership at the Los Altos History Museum and involvement with the Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University highlight her influence in the art world. She also actively contributes to regional art shows in Yellowstone National Park Region and Silicon Valley. 

Artistic Philosophy

As an artist, Nikki is committed to recording life’s moments, emotions, and injustices through her work. Her artistic approach personalizes abstract forms derived from reality, capturing the essence of her subjects while exploring life’s daily conflicts through visual narratives. 

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