Michael Nichols creates ghostly forms using traditional painting and drawing techniques. His recent direction explores contemporary applications of two ancient media, metalpoint drawing and buon fresco painting. His works have been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States in venues that include the Boston Center for the Arts, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Evansville Museum of Art, and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Nichols has received many recognitions and honors that include more than two dozen awards from competitive exhibitions. In 2010, he received an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. He was awarded three WKU faculty grants, Buon Fresco Technique, Painted in Stone, and Refresh that supported research in the technique of buon fresco painting.

Michael earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Fontbonne University. He lives in Bowling Green, KY with his partner, artist Leslie Nichols. Michael is a Professor of Art at Western Kentucky University.