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Sammie Nicely, Samuel Louis Nicely

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Russellville, Tennessee

2015 Died Morristown, Tennessee

EDUCATION

1968-1969 Coursework, Morristown Junior College, Morristown, Tennessee

1976 BS Art Education, Coursework in Sculpture & Weaving, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1981-1983 Graduate Coursework in Ceramics & Drawing, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1989 Sculptural Studies, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

RESIDENCIES

1987-1992 Artist in Residence, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee

1988-1992 Artist in Residence, South Carolina Arts Commission, Columbia, South Carolina

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1977-2015 Professional Artist

1977-1989 Art Teacher, Upward Bound Program, Tusculum College, Greenville, Tennessee

1986 Co-Founder, Director, From Africa to Appalachia Foundation, Morristown, Tennessee

1980's Owner, Operator, Nicely Art Center, Russellville, Tennessee

1987-1989 Instructor, Out Reach workshop, Ft. Sanders Educational Development Center, Knoxville, Tennessee

Samuel Louis 'Sammie' Nicely is known for his stoneware and mixed media sculpture and drawing. Nicely uses a combination of slab, pinch and coil techniques to develop his sculptural forms. Nicely is also known for his pit-fired and mixed media masks that reference African and Southern Appalachian art.

His work is an expression of the way Nicely's African roots contrast with prevalent European traditions. In a departure from ceramics for which he is best known, Nicely also created a large series of pastel drawings.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia

Carroll Reese Museum, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio

Rose Center, Morristown, Tennessee

Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Tennessee

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“Exhibit a Tribute to Art and Life of Sammie Nicely.” The Daily Post-Athenian, February 3, 2016.

Wampler, Angela, “Black History: Artwork Inspired by African Heritage,” A! Magazine for the Arts, January 31, 2012, https://artsmagazine.info/articles.php?view=detail&id=2012013020055573885.

Williams, Don. “Artists Three” Folk Artists Play Off of What They Find.” Knoxville News Sentinel, December 5, 1989.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
1996
Mask
Date: 1996
Form: Wall Hanging
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of Peter Rose
Photo: TMP
Courtesy of Peter Rose
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/nicely