Nicole Benner is a textile artist and Visiting Lecturer in Textiles at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received an MFA in Textile Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Central Missouri. Nicole’s work examines the numerous layers of the body affected by chronic pain, as it relates to spinal health, through objects that exist on the body or with a close relationship to the human anatomy.Most recently her work has begun to explore performance as a way to narrate her textile sculptures. As part of Fiber Art Now magazine’s annual Excellence in Fibers exhibition, Nicole was awarded the Paul J. Smith Award for Excellence in Fibers, and her work was featured in the 2016 winter issue. Additionally, her work was published in the Surface Design Association’s 2016 winter journal and will be a part of the Crossing Generations: Past, Present & Future exhibition at the 2017 SDA Conference in Portland, Oregon.