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Iris Jean Nichols, Illustrator. Avocations: artwork, printmaking, small books, entering juried art exhibitions. F C. Named to West Seattle H.S. Alumni Hall of Fame, 1986, Matrix Table, 1986-1996.


Nichols, Iris Jean was born on August 2, 1938 in Yakima, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, University Washington, 1978.


Freelance illustrator, graphic designer, Seattle, 1966—2004. Medical illustrator, head department illustration Swedish Hospital Medical Center, 1981-1986. Owner, medical and science illustrator Art for Medicine, 1986—2003.

Retired, 2003

Medical illustrator University Washington, Seattle, 1966-1967. Part-time medical illustrator, graphic coordinator department art The Mason Clinic, 1968-1978. Instructor advanced illustration Cornish College Arts, Seattle, 1988-1990.

Organized, coordinated and gifted the artwork of Professor Glen E. Alps of University Washington after his death in 1996.


  • Avocations: artwork, printmaking, small books, entering juried art exhibitions. F C.


  • Other Work

    • Illustrator various books including Bryophytes of Pacific Northwest, 1966, Microbiology, 1973, 78, 82, 94, 98, Introduction to Human Physiology, 1980, Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology, 1983, Human Anatomy, 1984 Regional Anesthesia, 1990, many other medical and science books, and children's books on various subjects. Exhibited in group shows at Seattle Pacific Science Center, summer 1979, 82, American College Surgeons (1st prize 1974), Northwest Urology Conference (1st prize 1974, 76, 2d prize 1975). Public illustrations Constellation Park and Marine Reserve, City Seattle Park, 1999, Whale Tail Park, Seattle.


President ArtsWest (formerly West Seattle Arts Council), 1983. Chairman West Seattle (Washington) High School Art Acquisition Committee, since 2003. Member Association Medical Illustrators (Murial McLatchie Fine Arts award 1981), National Museum Women in the Arts (Washington state committee, board directors 1987-1995, president 1993-1994), Women Painters of Washington (president 1987-1989), University Washington Alumni Association, Lambda Rho Art Association (president alumni association 1995-1998, treasurer 2002-2004).


  • Other Interests

    Printmaking, art.


Daughter of Charles Frederick and Velma Irene (Hacker) Beisner. (divorced June 1963). Children: Reid William, Amy Jo.

Married David Gary Nichols, September 21, 1966.

Charles Frederick Beisner

Velma Irene (Hacker) Beisner

David Gary Nichols

Reid William Nichols

Amy Jo Nichols