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Nicky Tavares

Lecturer and Media Equipment Manager

Nicky Tavares is a multimedia artist whose work spans from experimental documentary to handmade 16mm film to installation and sculpture. Her hybrid live-action and animated documentary Fwd: Update on My Life screened at film festivals and micro-cinemas nationally and internationally including: New Directors/New Films (The Museum of Modern Art,and Lincoln Center, New York City), Impakt, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, WAM!Boston Film Festival, Balagan Experimental Film Series, and MassArt Film Society. Additionally, her 16mm films have been shown at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, TIE - The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, and numerous galleries.

In 2014, Tavares was awarded an Austin Film Society grant for her documentary feature "Son of a Bug," a film that explores Pakistan's first rock 'n roll band, the Bugs. Among other honors, Tavares was awarded an Iqbal Fellowship at the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue in Pakistan where she conducted research on early Pakistani rock music and taught courses in documentary production at the International Islamic University, Islamabad. She has received two LEF Moving Image Fund Grants and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She was a cinematographer for the PBS series Arab American Stories and most recently, a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.


M.F.A. Film & Video, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
B.A. Photocommunications, Saint Edward’s University


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Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts

Undergraduate Studies

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Summer Film Production

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