Nicholas Naughton

Printermaker and Designer

Nicholas Naughton is a graphic artist whose artwork explores social and political topics in drawing, collage and printmaking. He is interested in story telling, history, conflict, and empathy, and explores these concepts through abstract and representational wood carvings. His most recent commission is a diptych called ‘American Pastoral’. It is on permanent display at the Antler Room restaurant in Kansas City, MO.

Naughton is most well known for his printshop La Cucaracha Press, one of the best screen printing and letterpress services in Kansas City. For 7+ years he printed and collaborated with renowned restaurants, artists, designers, boutique brands and marketing agencies.

2018 marked the celebration and closing of the printshop and Naughton now resides in Los Angeles. He prints letterpress full-time at Copper Willow Paper Studio in El Segundo, CA.

WORK

GRAPHIC DESIGN

La Cucaracha Press – Kansas City, MO
08/2011 – 02/2018

  • Collaborated with top Midwest boutique print and apparel brands and artists.
  • Contributed to award winning projects including a Gold Addy, Print!, and AIGA awards.
  • In tune with apparel and product trends, and the techniques used to make them sizzle.
  • Expert in design for offset, serigraphy, sublimation and creates clean and efficient files.

FINE ART

Various
08/2005 – Present

  • Master printmaker with expert skills:  relief, serigraphy, letterpress, intaglio, lithography, new and alternative techniques.
  • Skilled at drawing various styles:  abstract, illustrative, vintage, and in many media.
  • Award winning artist with over 25 group and 15 solo exhibitions around the US and Canada.
  • Included in public and private collections.
  • Creates output by hand or digitally, and knows how to digitize art for different formats/outputs.
  • Brings drawing ability honed for specifically for graphic art and printmaking.

PRODUCTION ARTIST

La Cucaracha Press – Kansas City, MO
08/2011 – 02/2018

  • Mastery of Adobe CC Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Intuitive knowledge of file prep and able to clean up or re-build art quickly and accurately.
  • Master of vector art, and converting any design or photo to be print compatible.
  • Background in binding, die-cutting, and other finishing techniques.

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

New Mexico State University & Kansas City Art Institute
08/2005 – 05/2017

  • Teaches courses in printmaking, graphic design, story telling, book binding, and drawing.
  • Course topics include:  foundations (varied), electives, introductory level print, advanced level print, political expression

EDUCATION

MASTERS OF FINE ART

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
08/2005 – 05/2008

BACHELORS OF FINE ART

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
08/1999 – 05/2003

DESIGN AWARDS

  • AIGA KC PACKAGING AWARD
    Make Ready Soap
    2017
  • PRINT! MAGAZINE – REGIONAL
    5 Points Mantra Poster Series
    2015
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN USA – IN-HOUSE AWARD
    Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – Dia de los Muertos Poster
    2015
  • GOLD ADDY AWARD
    5 Points Zine
    2014

FINE ART RECOGNITION

  • THE HAND MAGAZINE – FEATURED ARTIST
    Cover art feature & limited edition hand-printed insert
    2014
  • CITYVIEW MAGAZINE – BEST NEW ARTIST
    Des Moines, IA
    2010
  • NEW MEXICO STATE PUBLIC ART PURCHASE
    Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
    2010
  • PURCHASE AWARD
    Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
    2008
  • MERIT AWARD
    Minnesota National Print Biennial
    2008
  • JACOB K. JAVIT SCHOLARSHIP
    New Mexico State University
    2007
  • JUROR’S PRIZE
    Minnesota National Print Biennial
    2006

CLIENTS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Closing Ceremonies, La Cucaracha Press, Kansas City, MO, 2018
  • Art Cafe, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO, 2014
  • La Cucaracha-La Cucaracha, Filter Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2014
  • Disasters of War, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO, 2013
  • Work, The Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • Reasons’ Monsters, Cara and Cabeza’s Contemporary, Kansas City, MO, 2011
  • Work, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 2011
  • For the rest of my life, INKubator PRESS, Kansas City, MO, 2010
  • Value, FORUM Arts and Culture, El Paso, TX, 2009
  • Artistic Tribute to our Favorite Artist Thomas Kinkade, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, 2007
  • Printmakers Anonymous, Corbett Center Art Gallery, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, 2006

COLLECTIONS

  • Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
  • Allen Community CollegeIola, KS
  • Shawn White, Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA
  • Car and Driver Magazine, headquarters, Ann Arbor, MI
  • World Food PrizeWorld Headquarters “Iowa Room”, Des Moines, IA
  • Central New Mexico Community CollegeRio Rancho, NM
  • Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • Farm to Market Bread Co.Kansas City, MO
  • Art-to-Go, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City, IA

GRANTS

  • ArtsKC Inspiration GrantThe Printcast Podcast, 2018
  • ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, La Cucaracha Press, Kansas City, MO 2011
  • Bread KC Micro-grantKansas City, MO, 2011
  • Ruth and Harold Chenven Artist Grant, 2009

RESIDENCIES

  • Charlotte Street Foundation, Studio Program, Kansas City, MO 2010
  • Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2010
  • Belvoir Terrace, Teaching Resident, Lenox, MA, 2008-9
  • Haystack, Barbara Putnam Print Workshop, Deer Isle, ME, 2007

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • A Show of Hands, A1 Art Labs, Knoxville, TN, 2015
  • Do You Copy?, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, 2015
  • Typo, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO, 2015
  • Al Muttanabi Starts Here, Berkeley, CA, 2014
  • Works on Paper, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2014
  • D-Train, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, 2014
  • Figure Show, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2014
  • 7th Annual Douro Print Biennial, Alijo, Portugal, 2014
  • PLUG Projects, MDW Faire curated grab bag show, Chicago, Il, 2013
  • The Speakeasy,  Curatorial and Programming collaborations, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • Moberg 10 Years, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2012
  • White or Wheat?, Farm to Market Bread Co., Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • Flatfile Show, H&R Bloch Artspace, Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • Frontier, Paragraph Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • XOXO, Spraybooth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012
  • Imprint of WarUniversity of Pittsburg Art Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, 2011
  • ACKCCocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2011
  • New World BorderLa Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, Travelled to over 50 spaces and galleries, 2011
  • Regional ShowMoberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2011
  • World Food Prize, Commission Purchase, Des Moines, IA, 2011
  • Sum Art Fest y La GenteLas Cruces, NM, 2011
  • Here, There, NeitherThe Print Shop Shop, Kansas City, MO, 2011
  • LAPS Print Biennial, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
  • Black and White Exhibition, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 2009
  • La Biennale Internationale d’estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Le Centre d’exposition Raymond-Lasnier, trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada, 2009
  • Black Flag on the Moon, Manatee Community College Fine Art Gallery, Bradenton, FL, 2009
  • Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA, 2009
  • Beyond Printmaking, Texas Tech School of Art, Lubbock, TX, 2009
  • NMSU Faculty Art Show, NMSU Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, 2009
  • Spitting Image/The Art of Democracy, IN EFFECT gallery, Las Cruces, NM, 2008
  • 4th Biennial National Print Exhibition, NAU Museum of Art, Flagstaff, AZ, 2008
  • Minnesota National Print Biennial, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
  • Albuquerque Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM, 2008
  • The Artists’ Commentary:  New Prints, International Print Center New York, New York, 2008
  • Reforming US:  Immigration through Art, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2008
  • Crossing, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM, 2008
  • Apogee, MFA Thesis Exhibition, NMSU Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, 2008
  • Border Massive, Under the Sun Gallery, El Paso, TX, 2007
  • Postcards to Iraq, Southern Graphics Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2007
  • Seeking the Divine, New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM, 2006
  • Minnesota National Print Biennial Exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2006