Rochelle Kulei Nielsen
Native American Residency Fellow

Rochelle Kulei Nielsen
Native American Residency Fellow

Rochelle Kulei Nielsen is a member of the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation. She lives in Vancouver, Washington and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2012.


About her work she writes, “I am interested in using traditional materials in contemporary ways and also using materials that are commonly not considered native in ways that affirm aspects of my experience as a Shoshone and active member of the Vancouver and Portland Urban Indian community.” (source). At the Vermont Studio Center, Ms. Kulei developed new sculptural work featured in photos below and a river installation of woven native grasses.