Nika has an MFA from the University of Alberta in Drawing/Intermedia, and holds a BFA from Portland State University in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking. She maintains an active art practice and has an extensive arts background. Nika taught multiple drawing, foundations, and conceptual art classes at the University of Alberta and has been highly involved with various community art programs in Edmonton and now in Pendleton. Alongside adjunct university teaching, related work includes: Curatorial Administrative Assistant at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); Gallery Manager at dc3 Art Projects (Edmonton, Alberta), Assistant Director at Quintana Galleries (Portland, Oregon) and Gallery Co-Coordinator at the Littman & White Galleries at Portland State University. Nika was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.