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Alex Nicoloff papers, 1972-1997

Identifier: 038.01.10

This collection of papers and some photographs are related to YLEM, a group of artists using science and technology, and include subjects such as utilizing motion and light to create art. The collection includes an original drawing and photographs of installation art projects including "prism reflections on white steel sculpture (1980s?)" and "spectralware (1972)" by Alex Nicoloff. There is also an article written by both Alex and Martha Nicoloff entitled "Reflections on Refractions: Kinetic Light-Painting Music in the Solar Spectrum".


  • Creation: circa 1972-1997


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

13 Items (1 folder)

Biographical Note

Alex Nicoloff (b. 1923) received a BS in Visual Design from ID in 1953 and an MS in Art Education at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) in 1954. He taught for one semester at the Institute of Design. He later taught at Lake Forest College (Illinois) for five years before moving to California where he served as exhibit designer at Lowie Museum of Anthropology (Berkeley) for 25 years until retiring in 1985. He has produced numerous art works in a variety of media, and most recently (2006) has been "investigating light painting in the solar spectrum in association with music."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2005.012


Nice addition to the growing body of collections related to Institute of Design.

Related Material

Nicoloff's thesis, Studies in Symbolic Form, is cataloged in the IIT thesis collection (TN651).


Chris Lam 5/2/2005

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