nest gallery showcase


Learn about the rotating artworks showcased on our window display outside our gallery at the CASE building in the University of Colorado Boulder.

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”


FALL 2020 Showcase


Joelle Cicak & Emily Beam
The Coyotes of Broomfield 2019
Graphite and watercolor on paper

Dot is so named because of the dark splotch at the base of her tail, which theoretically makes it easy to tell her apart from her other coyotes. On the last day of data collection at her site, I watched Dot move in and out of the brambles through my binoculars. It is a memory seared into my brain because she is a beautiful animal, but probably more so because in the last moments of my field season, I saw three identical coyotes trot out, one after another, with the exact same dot on the base of their tails. Proof, once again, that the coyote is the best animal for instilling humility in any researcher.

Dot is part of a project that seeks to understand the coyote on a more individual level, and connect these animals with their human neighbors in the hopes that this may lead to more harmonious management practices. The goal was to get to know the personalities of coyotes in Broomfield, Colorado, and here are two of our many individuals. The project turned into a guide that can be enjoyed online here.

Robert Martin, Joanne Marras Tate & Mathew Sharples
High Altitude Birds 2019
Watercolor, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper

These illustrations are part of a new, collaborative field guide recognizing the
commonly overlooked flora and fauna of the CU Boulder campus. Knowing more about the species around us promotes greater empathy and awareness of our shared environments. The series presented here is an example of the work created to enhance students’ biophilia through species identification and art.

You can download the field guide through the Museum of Natural History’s website, or here.

Pat Clark
Micro / Graph 2019
Photographic prints

Science and art are inherently interconnected. Each process requires inspiration, exploration and a desire to push beyond the familiar. Micro / Graph represents the intersection of artistic abstraction and scientific visualization. The photographs series this is a part of highlight the unexpected splendor found when the invisible is revealed. This series explores texture, color, structure and scale through the process of digital microscopy. These compositions emphasize a balance between process and product. Those who encounter the work are invited to examine each image, making the viewer’s experience an integral part of each piece.

Nina Elder
Permanent / Transitory 2019
Window Mural

This is one of two public artworks using stream of consciousness list-making as a way to think through categories of information and concepts. The lists explore phenomenon, responding to the questions “What is permanent?” for the NEST mural—CASE Building, Room W250, University of Colorado Boulder, 1725 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80309—and “What is transitory?” for the Dairy Arts Center mural—2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302. The collected thoughts become large 2D artworks with the words meticulously hand-drawn onto the windows.

Lear more about the project here.