Name

Nikkita Bhakta

About

I currently reside in my hometown Mobile, Alabama. I was born in Lovington, New Mexico. I wander everywhere and anywhere I can. I thrive mostly in the unknown. In 2009, I graduated from the University of South Alabama with a dual degree/concentration earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts for both Photography and Graphic Design.
My newest series, BRiNK, was spawned from experimenting in the garage while trying to capture smoke I wanted for a photograph that I was shooting for my BFA Photo Thesis in 2009. I’m drawn to finding inspiration from the unknown, unseen, and untapped genetic wisdom found in the mind. I shoot because I have to. I'm always inspired by a group of individuals in my life I like to call the “Top Ten Women”. In this world, there are certain people who exhibit such remarkable character and carry this innate natural wisdom. These particular women have been superior mentors and friends that could only have shaped my life to become richer and bolder, full of experience and positive thinking. Having emerged from some genius, primordial soup; they continue to encourage me to live creatively, to fulfill the empty pockets of earth, to raise the bar, and to find my own niche and niches in the world of conceptual fine art photography. I owe my "whys" to those "wise" women that I have learned from along the way. I love conceptual thinking and strive for intuitive, innovative concepts in both photography and graphic design.
Since graduation, I have presented new work in solo exhibitions, and have received several awards through various juried shows.

--Please e-mail me for a complete resume or interests in commissioned work.

I am currently trying to pursue a career in the graphic design world as either/both Professional Photographer / Graphic Designer.

-Links-

Profile page:
about.me/nikkita

Art in Space, sent to the ISS flown on the STS-135 space shuttle by NASA:
http://blog.al.com/entertainment-pressregister/2011/07/space_shuttle_mission_will_car.html

My Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nikkitabhakta

Finalist in Etsy/Nasa Space Craft Contest 2010
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56239066/universal-thoughts

BECA Exhibition "Future Forward":
http://www.becaicad.org/exhibitions---future-forward.php
Direct Link to my work in BECA Gallery:
http://www.becaicad.org/future-forward---nikkita-bhakta.php

A Grand Amalgamation FB Page:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128920150476986

A nice little article:
http://hollerarts.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/126/

Facebook Photo FanPage:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nikkita-Bhakta-Photography-and-Design/118472064773

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
• Adrift: Photography from Bharat, Wellborn Ideas, Mobile, Alabama, April - May 2011
• BRiNK, Green Room in Mobile Arts Council, August 13, 2010 - September 01, 2010
• Ebb & Flow, Crescent Theatre, Mobile, Al. February - June 2010.
• Ebb & Flow, (thesis) Visual Arts Center Gallery, Univ. South Alabama, April 2009.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
• S.A.L.S.A., Space 301 Juried Regional Exhibition, Mobile Al. July - September 2010.
• FUTURE FORWARD, The BECA Foundation. International Juried and Featured
Artist Exhibition of New Art + New Design. New Orleans, LA. May 2010.
• THREE NEW VIEWS: LANDMARKS, Paper Wasp Gallery. Mobile, Al. April 2010.

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS and AWARDS

First Place - Best In Show 2D Reproduction Category, NASA & Etsy Space Craft Contest,
International/Juried, Etsy Labs, Brooklyn, New York, March 2011

Honorable Mention, “S.A.L.S.A.,” Juried Exhibition. Space 301. Mobile, Al. 07- 09 2010

“FUTURE FORWARD,” The BECA Foundation. International Juried, Featured Artist
Exhibition of New Art + New Design. New Orleans, LA. May 2010.

“UM ART: 3rd Annual Exhibition,” Juried Exhibition. University of Mobile. April 2010.

Winner, Best in Show, “Juried Graphic Design Show,” by USA at Mobile Arts Council.
Spring 2009.

1st Place, “Juried Graphic Design Exhibition,” Mobile Arts Council. Spring 2009.

2nd Place Merit Award, “Photo X,” Juried Photo Exhibition. Auburn University. Dec 2008.

Winner, 1st Place, “Good-bye Polaroid,” Juried Photo Exhibition. November 2008.

Press Register/CLA Award, “People’s Art Exhibition,” Juried. Space 301.Mobile,Al.072008.

Winner, Best in Show, “Juried Graphic Design Show,” USA. Spring 2008.

Merit Award, “Photo XI,” Juried Exhibition. Auburn University. Fall 2007.

Honorable Mention, “Body of Art,” Juried Photo Exhibition. Mobile, Al. Spring 2007.
Honorable Mention, “Illuminations,” Juried Photo Exhibition. Mobile, Al. Fall 2006.
Honorable Mention, “Photo VIII,” Juried Photo Exhibition. Auburn University. Fall 2006.
Honorable Mention, “Student Art Show,” Juried Exhibition. Mobile, Al. November 2006.
Honorable Mention, “Student Art Show,” Juried Exhibition. Mobile, Al. April 2006.

Best in Photography, Auburn University Regional Workshop. Summer 1999.
Most Improved in Photography, Auburn University Regional Workshop. Summer 1998.

PUBLICATIONS AND BOOKS

“Oracle, Fine Arts Review,” University of South Alabama, Annual Juried Publication.
•Volume X, 2009 •Volume VI, 2008
•Volume V, 2007 •Volume IV, 2006

Future Forward: A Juried Exhibition of New Art + New Design. The BECA Foundation,
A Juried Exhibition Review Book, p. 6 - 9. May 2010.

Specialties

  • photography
  • fine art
  • graphic design
  • conceptual
  • thinking
  • ink
  • macro
  • editing
  • freelance
  • shooting
  • working in the darkroom

Skills

  • photoshop
  • illustrator
  • indesign
  • darkroom
  • conceptual thinking
  • creative design