Nikki Juen is an artist, designer and educator interested in the spaces where these practices overlap. A graduate of RISD’s Graphic Design department, she is a lecturer and critic in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at RISD. As a founding faculty member of the MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts, her research focuses on the body as media as well as the contemplative mind in higher education. Her classes and workshops explore the development of the individual through the cultural roles of art and design in society.
Maintaining a hybrid practice that includes creating and exhibiting drawings, paintings and videos, Juen’s work explores the absence of rules while relying on gestures, codes and the absurd in authoring outcomes. Her art, design and teaching practices inform and filter through one another.
Juen’s award-winning design practice creates relationship on paper, with pixels and between people. Happymatter is the design studio she founded with partner Rafael Attias in 2001. Their clients include Keen Footwear, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Middlebridge School, Mayo Surfboards, RISD, Aquidneck Farms, Brown University, Tina Lutz, Tyler Smith, Roger Williams Museum of Natural History, Providence Parks Department and Trace Alchemy.