Nicolas Lampert is a Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist and author whose work focuses on themes of social justice and ecology.
His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Library of Congress, and over fifty five archives and special collections across the US and Canada. Collectively, he works with four groups: the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative —a worker-owned printmaking cooperative of thirty artists in North America that formed in 2007; the Art Build Workers —a group of six artists, designers, photographers and educators who are based in Milwaukee, WI. We work locally and travel around the country organizing multi-day art builds that help unions, organizations and movements amplify their messages through visual art, media, and archiving. We primarily collaborate with the National Education Association (NEA) that is the largest union in the country with an estimated membership of over 2.7 million members.; and Voces de los Artistas, an art-affinity group established in 2016 that works in collaboration with Voces de la Frontera—an immigrant rights organization based in Wisconsin; and ReciproCity – a Milwaukee-based collective established in 2012 that works at the intersection of art, architecture, and urban sustainability. His first book A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements was published by The New Press in 2013 and is part of the People’s History Series edited by Howard Zinn. Lampert is a full-time faculty member (academic staff appointment) in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a joint appointment in Printmaking and Writing and Critical Thinking.