Art After Work: Nikki Heusman

Thursday, April 20, 2023
5–6:30 p.m. central
1963 Johns Drive, Glenview, IL 60025

Art After Work: Nikki Heusman

Join Intuit for Art After Work, a free series of facilitated art-making workshops inspired by outsider and self-taught art and artists from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This month, Intuit and Arts of Life partner to co-host the workshop! An Arts of Life studio member since 2011, artist Nikki Heusman will facilitate a workshop inspired by her artistic practice. In the in-person workshop at Arts of Life’s North Shore studio, participants will create still lifes using chalk pastels and charcoal.

Image of a scene with orange and pink stripes at the top of the composition, dark and light blue blocks of color in the middle of the composition, and colorful dots at the bottom of the composition. In the foreground, there are stands or easels with red and pink rectangles atop with blue and yellow elements.
Nikki Heusman (American, b. 1969). China Flower, 2012. Colored pencil on paper, 20 x 13 in. Image courtesy Arts of Life

Materials at Arts of Life

  • Vine charcoals
  • Chalk pastels
  • Pastel papers
  • Items for still life (e.g., flowers, fruits, vases, bowls, fabrics, lights, etc.)

Art After Work is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” We can all be artists! It is a guided workshop, and instruction will begin at 5 p.m. at Arts of Life’s North Shore studio.

Please contact Lindsey Wurz at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

Art After Work is free to join! To show your support to Intuit, please consider the pay-what-you-can option when you complete your reservation. Your contributions help ensure the sustainability of our public programs and support guest lecturers and teaching artists.

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Intuit will follow the COVID-19 / health policies established by Arts of Life: Participants are required to wear face coverings in Arts of Life’s North Shore studio. To request an exemption, please contact Diane Florian, North Shore studio manager at Arts of Life, at in advance of the workshop.

Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Meet Nikki Heusman

Nikki Heusman’s artistic practice is defined by her distinct style and adeptness across mediums. Her portraiture is marked by subtle line work and shading on figures offset by backgrounds that pulsate with energetic color patterns. Heusman draws inspiration from a variety of sources: classic paintings, contemporary works of art and pop culture. Regardless of origin, the resulting works maintain subjects rendered with a whimsical hand. Each piece is crafted through a methodical process, involving careful composition, sketching and transferring.

Arts of Life

Founded in 2000 by Veronica Cuculich, two co-directors and nine individuals with developmental disabilities, Arts of Life is a nonprofit studio and gallery with a vision to create a working, person-centric artistic community while providing a work environment of equality in Chicago. Its vision grew from a passion for artistic expression and a need for an alternative system.

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