Artist bio: Nicole’s artwork has been in national juried exhibitions and galleries, such as the Walker Art Museum Shop Gallery in Minneapolis, Aaron Faber Gallery and American Craft Museum in New York, as well as international exhibitions at Gallery Okariya, Ginza District of Tokyo and Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum in Nigata, Japan. Her work has been showcased in hardcover and periodical publications such as The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets by Tim McCreight, Mokume Gane: A Comprehensive Study by Steve Midgett, and Metalsmith Exhibition in Print 2000. She was a featured presenter at the 1999 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to her studio practice, Nicole has been an educator for two decades, teaching at numerous colleges, universities, and art centers in Michigan, Ohio, Maine, and Texas. Currently, Ms. DesChamps-Benke teaches full-time at Texas State University. Nicole’s work is represented by Equinox Gallery in San Antonio Texas.