Nic Brown graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art with Honours in 2008 and received a Graduate Certificate in Art History from The University of Adelaide in 2010. She joined Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery in 2009 and as Collections Manager is responsible for managing and promoting the University’s extensive art collections through research and writing, public talks, academic programs, exhibitions and artist residencies.
Brown was editor-in-chief for the book Speak to me: conversations with the Flinders University art collections (2016) and is a regular contributor to Art Collector magazine. Brown guest lectures in Contemporary Indigenous Art and Museum and Curatorial Practice at Adelaide Central School of Art and Flinders University and in 2015 she was Lecturer in Australian Indigenous Art at Adelaide Central School of Art. She curated Divinity, death and nature: European and Australian prints from the Flinders University Art Museum collection (2010) and was curatorial manager for the exhibitions Crystal Palace (2013) curated by Lisa Harms and Patrick Pound: thinking through things (2016).
Brown’s interest in institutional collections and associated cultural and environmental histories extends into her artistic practice where she has undertaken projects with The British School at Rome, Country Arts SA, Sauerbier House Culture Exchange and Adelaide Botanic Garden, supported by awards and grants from the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide City Council and Arts SA. In 2016 she founded Lounge Room Studio, a platform that supports Adelaide based artist-mothers, and has held previous studio memberships at Fontanelle (2012-14) and Hedgemaze (2009-10).