Nicole is an Associate Professor of Jewelry, Metalsmithing and Sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Her education includes a bachelor of arts from IU in 1991, and her first MFA from the University of Michigan. Nicole received her second MFA in 1995 while on a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia at RMIT University in Melbourne, and in 2004 Nicole returned to RMIT and completed her Ph.D. in Fine Arts. 

Recent residencies include; Smitten at Arrowmont in Tennessee, Grey Street Studio in Adelaide, Australia the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, Vermont, and in 08 she was a Visiting Artist & Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Recent Fellowships, Grants and Awards include; First Place in the 2013 Jewelry + Objects Exhibition, a 2013 Ostrom Grant, 2012 Art Jewelry Forum Exhibitions Grant, travel grants to Hungary and Australia, an 08-10 Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities Fellowship, in 07 she received an International Projects + Activities Grant, and in 06 she was awarded a New Perspectives Grant as well as a New Frontiers Grant.

Nicole has had 6 solo exhibitions and participated in over 80 invitational/juried exhibitions in the USA, Europe, Asia + Australia. She has presented over 20 lectures on her work + and has had papers accepted to present at conferences in the UK, Australia, China, + the USA. Her work is published in over 30 of books, catalogues + websites, and her two solo catalogues, Personal Objects : Personal Spaces Catalogue printed in 07, and her self titled catalogue, Nicole Jacquard, from 05, are both available through Charon Kransen Arts.