March 2021

T E X A R K A N A M O N T H LY

NICOLE BRISCO’S PROFESSIONAL AWARDS, HONORS AND PUBLICATIONS Best of Texas, State Educator Award of Excellence—Ford Corporation—2019 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year- NAEA Seattle—2018 Texas Humanities Educator of the Year— National Endowment for the Arts—2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Educator Honoree—New York City—2015 State Course Writer: Art and Media Communication—Austin, Texas 2010-2012 TEA Center for Education Development CADRE Honoree—2009 University of Texas $1,000,000 Grant for UT Art Ed Program for Art and Media Communication Course Scholastic Art and Writing Juror—Columbus College of Art and Design—2009 Young Talent of Oklahoma State Juror, Oklahoma Art Education Association—Oklahoma City Oklahoma—January 2007 Finalist: 2007 National Secondary Art Educator of the Year, Western Division National Art Education Association

Texas Secondary Art Educator of the Year 2006—Texas Art Education Association

Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art Awardee– School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Endowment of the Arts Discovering Painting Textbook—Student Samples—Davis Publications—May 2010 Discovering Printmaking Textbook—Student Samples—Davis Publications—May 2006 Discovering Drawing Textbook—Ready-Made Still-life—Davis Publications—May 2006 Discovering Drawing Textbook—7 Student Benchmark Works Selected—Davis Publications Published in School Arts Magazine—Contributing Editor 2008- Present, 22 articles published. School Arts Magazine—Clip Card Writer—August 2005-Present Published in TAEA Star -Creative Risk-Taking, Big Dreams, Big Money and Secondary Updates Selected: Advanced Placement Consultant Training— The College Board, Princeton New Jersey Published in Advanced Placement Studio Art Teachers Guide—The College Board, Page 154 April 2004 Published in Westminster Schools Advanced Placement Guide—Atlanta, Georgia/ Maggie Davis—March 2003 SFA: Texas Art Educator of the Year—October 2002 -Stephen F. Austin University Published in National College Board AP Booklet—March 2003 Pleasant Grove High School Teacher of the Year—April 2002—Rotary Club

Nicole, hard at work on commissioned piece, “Beauty in the Chaos.” Photo by Ava Gray Brisco

the beginning of their marriage, it was just the two of them. Now, their children, twins Ava Gray and Christian, are the primary focus, and Brisco is determined to be very purposeful in her parenting. As a mother, art influences the way Nicole shows life to her children. As in many homes with two working parents, the Briscos take on the challenge of making the family unit their top priority, keeping boundaries between their professional lives and their lives at home. However, Chris is also creative and plays a vital role in Nicole’s career as an artist, and often builds frames with Christian’s help. Ava Gray helps with painting and can be found on the floor helping her mom work on a project, truly making it a family affair. Even though her husband is a “chemist by profession,” and she is an artist, they perfectly “blend and complement each other,” and both children feel pride in assisting in her art endeavors. “Being an artist and an art teacher has given me, to some degree, an advantage as a mother. I really don’t ever find a time in my life where I’m not using art to at least make some adventure or create something fun for the kids to do, helping them learn to be creative.” Brisco’s work has been featured in many art shows throughout her career. For an artist, these types of exhibitions evoke a myriad of emotions, including the exhilaration of having the world see their talent and many hours of hard work. They also bring the anxiety of feeling exposed to the world as others have the opportunity to judge or critique something that is very personal to the artist. From her

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