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Nicole Merton


Anaheim, CA



BFA         California State University, Fullerton    May 2021
                Creative Photography and Experimental Media    
                Graduated Cum Laude

AA            Fullerton College     May 2019
                 Photography Associates In The Arts


Honors and Awards

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society    2018-2019
An international honor society of students attending open-access institutions and seeking associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, or other college credentials.

Osher Foundation General Scholarship    2017-2018
Fullerton College and the Fullerton College Foundation have received twenty-seven “Bernard Osher Foundation” scholarships which are awarded annually. The Osher Scholarships provide tuition assistance to "reentry" adult students who are returning to complete their first undergraduate degree.

MHR Fund for Artist Grant   2022-2023

cohort of artist who come together and share their inspiration and ideas for projects to help with reaching the community and help to support artist in their creative stages. 

Puffin Foundation Grant 2022-2023

The Puffin Foundation, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization that aims to amplify the voices of minorities who may be underrepresented due to their race, gender, social philosophy, etc. The foundation achieves this mission of fostering free expression by providing grants and resources to local artists and art organizations.

Ultimately, the goal of the Puffin Foundation is to provide people with an understanding that every single person can go out and make change happen.



"Student Photographer Captures Plight of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" California State University Fullerton News, Lynn Juliano , June 28th 2021

"Images of the plight of indigenous women: Photographer chronicles untold stories" Orange County Register ; Cal Sate Fullerton Section, Jenelyn Russo, August 26th 2021

" Honoring Native Americans and Indigenous People : A Look at the Cultures, Beliefs and Discrimination Faced by Native Americans" California State University Fullerton News, Valerie Orleans, Nov. 30, 2021

" CSUF panel explores resilience of Native American, Indigenous people: University celebrates Native American Heritage Month" Orange County Register ; Cal Sate Fullerton Section, Nicole Gregory, 

December 9, 2021

"Joshua Tree Do Tell, Feb. 11, 2022: Soul Connection to host inaugural Sunday Morning Salon", Hi-Desert Star, Dawn Davis, Feb 11, 2022

"Art displays amplify the voices of survivors" The Hornet, Fullerton College, Valerie Strummer, April 26, 2022

"Gentle Glow: Vigil brings MMIP movement to Rocky Mountain College" Four Points Press, Niklas Means, Sept. 27, 2022

"Nicole Merton | Interview - Issue #5" TSANGE' Magazine, Alvinita Gonzales, April 12, 2023

Podcast and Radio Interviews-

Merton, Nicole. Interview by Louie Medina.  Funk Fellas Radio . Radio.

Lectures and Guest Speaking-


 2021  “MMIW Awareness”, Panelist , Hosted by Salesforce ,
            Virtual lecture, California, July 27th, 2021

 2021 "Here, Our Voices... Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women", Panelist,

            Hosted by Santa Ana Public Library, California, October 9th, 2021

 2021 "Titan Table Talk : Resiliency in The Native American and Indigenous Community", 

           Panelist, Hosted by California State University Fullerton, California , November 17th, 2021

 2022 "Here, Our Voices... Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Movement", Guest Speaker,

            In-Person Lecture, Cross-Cultural Humanities Class, California State University Fullerton, California,

            April 7th,2022


 2022  "Artist Talk: Nicole Merton", Guest Speaker, Hosted by Fullerton College, Virtual Lecture, California,                        April 18, 2022

 2023   "Artist Talk : Nicole Merton" , Guest Speaker , Elko MMIW Conference 2023 , In-Person Lecture, Elko,                       Nevada Convention Center, Elko, Nevada May 4th, 2023. 

 2023  "Indgenous Women Rising" . Guest Speaker , San Marcos, Ca , One Safe Place, Nov 13, 2023


Collaborative -

2021  Multiple - Artist Exhibition, Nomad , Del Amo Crossing hosted by Torrance Art Museum, Torrance , CA  August 2021

2022 Multiple -Artist Exhibit and Screening, Femme Vitale : Exhibition and launch of Telepathine Studio, Hosted by Campana Studio and Carolina Montejo at Perspective Space, Encinitas, CA, June 2022

2023 Multiple - Artist Exhibit , 8 Artist x 8 Visions, hosted by Ave 50 StudioHighland Park, CA,  January 8th - February 4th, 2023

2023 Multiple - Artist Exhibit - Red Earth Gaze , curated by Gloria Sanchez, Angels Gate Cultural Center,

San Pedro, Ca , Sept 8th - Dec 9, 2023

Solo - 

2021 Oct - Dec - Solo exhibit , Here, Our Voices... Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Movement,               Santa Ana Public Library, Santa Ana , CA

2022  April 19,2022 Pop Up Exhibit, Here Our Voices: Our MMIP Movement 

          Fullerton College, Fullerton, Ca

2022  Nov -April - Solo exhibit , Here, Our Voices... Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Movement,                Santa Ana Public Library, Santa Ana , CA

2023 Nov 1-  Dec 1 Solo exhibit Here, Our Voices... Our Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Movement                Documentaries , Perspective space , Encinitas , ca 


Video and Documentaries- 

2022- Listen To My Voice - Florida State University, Collège of Motion Picture Arts - 

2022 - Femme Vitale : Episode 2 ,



Linda Kroff, Professor 
Visual Arts Department 
California State University, Fullerton 
800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, Ca 92831 

Julie Orser, Professor 

Visual Arts Department

California State University, Fullerton 

800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, Ca 92831

Melody LaMontia, Professor, 
Photography Department
Fullerton College 
321 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, Ca 92832


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