Guide to the William Vance Nichols Art Studio, Postcard with Grand Retreat and Biography, undated

Summary Information

Title: William Vance Nichols Art Studio, Postcard with Grand Retreat and Biography, undated
Collection: AC.486
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of an advertising postcard of William Vance Nichols Art Studio in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and features a copy of one of his paintings, Grand Retreat, along with a biography of him on the back.

Creator: Vance, William Nichols

Biographical/Historical Note

William Vance Nichols was born in the North Carolina foothills. His perpetual love for art as a young boy turned into a career that has spanned for almost 30 years....William studied fine arts at Appalachian State University and was exposed to the varied and rich aspects of the art world. He believes art education and skill building are life long journeys. Nichols later returned to Wilkes Community College as an art teacher where he taught art for a number of years. Nichols' passion for art and involvement in the community has influenced him to share his knowledge by teaching in local Christian schools and privately in his own art studio....His philosophy of art is to magnify the subject to show the importance and beauty of everyday objects and scenes. (From the biography on the back of the postcard)

Scope and Contents

In this collection is one color postcard, front of postcard is a copy of Grand Retreat painting, depicting a mountain and lake scene by William Vance Nichols. The back of the postcard has a short biography of Nichols, whose art studio is located in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.


This is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance of this collection is unknown. Accession number AC.2009.026

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, August 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.486: William Vance Nichols Art Studio, Postcard with "Grand Retreat" and Biography, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Postcard, undated ACSC_Box 22, Folder 9