Nicole Emanuel is a painter, mother of two, writer and arts organizer. She is the 2011 ArtsKC Awards featured artist/awards designer and a 2009 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient.
A first-generation American, born in 1961 to a South African father and French mother, Nicole lived in and around New York City until 1980. From 1980-82, she studied Philosophy and Psychology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, until she accidentally moved to San Francisco for 9 years while on a 2-week vacation.
San Francisco was home, from 1982 to 1990, where she married Luke. They have also lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Kansas City area, where they are raising their two children.