“My passion is creating unique residential, corporate, and event-specific art. From exhibitions, fundraising events, and live paintings, to trainings and youth workshops, I use art to facilitate memorable experiences.” - Nik Ridley
I recently relocated from Denver, Colorado, to the Valley of the Sun, bringing with me more than 20 years in the arts industry (poetry, theater, spoken word, music and fine art). A proud Purdue Boilermaker, I found myself enchanted by the beauty, culture and freedom of the Southwest, and I have been fortunate to have such a rich, artistic journey.
Currently, I’m a Resident Artist at Phoenix Center for the Arts Thunderbird Arts Center, where I also serve as the Youth Department Head. In addition, I am a Member of Arizona State University - Gammage Teaching Artists Program (produced in collaboration with the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, teaching the Kennedy Center arts integration method via public school residencies.
As the founder of AZCRU, an Art+Apparel company and collective based in Phoenix, Arizona, I provide fine art for both residential and business interiors, and exhibits in galleries and art spaces, and provide online/social media marketing and design consultation.
"Fine art allows me the freedom to express color, rhythm, text, and content in infinite ways. Design provides a structure for the ideas. And when placed on the right cloth, it's like a living stage, pen, and canvas all rolled into one."
Nik also works as a consultant in marketing and design and is the author of "Love Is Active: A Small Guide to Save Your Mind."