PeopleAlumnx (BA), Class of 2005

Jennifer Nichols Chaparro

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan in 1962, Jennifer Nichols was born into an artistic family. Her grandfather, Harry E. Stinson, was a recognized Sculptor, Painter and Art Professor at the University of Iowa and Hunter College in New York City. Jennifer's formal art training started in high school, and she began to accumulate awards and sell her early watercolor paintings. Later, Jennifer attended UCLA, graduating with a degree in Design, focusing on costume & clothing design. She continued to pursue painting while working in advertising and raising her two daughters in Dayton, Ohio. Jennifer' work was exhibited at various galleries and events in Ohio between 1992 - 1999. She also was very involved with the Dayton Visual Arts Center, serving as their president and as a board member and contributing artist. In 1999, she moved to Palm Beach, Florida. In 2004, Jennifer and her daughters began participating in the Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, Florida, which is the largest street painting event in the United States. She received her Semplice Professional Certification in 2009 and her Qualificato Certification in 2010, and her Maestro Certification in 2011 from the Florida Chalk Art Association. In 2012, Jennifer founded the International Street Painting Society, as a way to help other street artists connect and be more successful, and help street painting be seen as a legitimate art form. She does both original 3D anamorphic works and classic reproductions using soft pastel chalk on pavement or concrete surfaces, which eventually wash away. The immediacy and challenges of the "canvas", weather and medium make each piece special and unique, and a performance unto its own. Usually over the course of 2 days, each piece comes to life before your eyes. In addition to the chalk art, Jennifer has done work in a variety of media such as pen & ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, ceramics and fiber, and freelances as a graphic designer, specializing in logos, advertising & marketing materials and websites. She works as a designer and event planner for the Town of Jupiter, when not traveling to street paint.