Edward Edson Nichols was a professor of art at the University of Texas Pan American (now UTRGV) for 33 years, retiring from teaching in 1999. During those decades, dozens of artists passed through his classrooms, benefiting from his teaching as well as from his generous, kind nature. Nichols loved south Texas, and his art work celebrates the beautiful landscapes and traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. Adept in many media, his watercolors and gouache paintings are perhaps his most well-known, but he also worked in acrylic, printmaking and collage.
As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the International Museum of Art & Science, the exhibition Love of Life and Landscape: The Art of E.E. Nichols commemorates the major contribution the artist made during his life to the culture of his home town. Working with his family and local collections, the exhibition represents a retrospective of the broad range of his art, from the landscapes of the citrus groves around his studio, to the Mexican festivals he witnessed on his travels.
Nichols passed away in 2016; he left behind a fond record of the beauty he saw around him. His broad range of interests, from landscape to Mexican folk art, abstract expressionism and biblical themes were all expressed through his lens of thoughtful spiritualism: “Painting to me is about being very quiet and centered and then waiting to see what is revealed through drawing visual thoughts and listening to hear/see the next one. My position is that each of us is a perfect spiritual reflection of an infinite Mind, infinite Love, and this is what fills us with awe and inspiration.”