Boy Nirvana (Chelsea Nahabedian) is a New Hampshire based non-binary intermedia artist. They are influenced by methods of american folk art, textiles of New England, Christmas imagery, google image search, and quilting practices. Their work includes elements of illustration, video projection, 35mm, and sculpture.

Boy Nirvana is the co-creator of a tape label and distribution Dollhouse Lightining,

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Group Exhibitions

2019- Tin Ceilings and Other Specifics (Group Show)- Magenta Suite, Exeter N.H.

2018- Everything Happens So Much (Juried) - Kelley Stelling Gallery, Manchester N.H.

2018 - ExLibris (Group Show)- RECSPEC Gallery, Austin TX

2018 - Self Composed (Juried) - Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, M.A.

2015 - 11th Annual Art Walk (Emerging Artists)- Indian Head Plaza, Nashua N.H.

2013 - 30 Under 30: Contemporary Art Exhibition- Presented by Wrong Brain, Exeter N.H.

Projection Accompaniments (Commissioned and Internships)

2018- Projections designed for Knox Trio’s performance of the FootSteps Concert Series, Brooklyn NY

2018 - Video Projections Assistant (Intern)- Andys Summer Playhouse Wilton N.H.

2018 - Setting projections designed for Greg Nahabedian’s opera “War is a Racket” Premiered at the Boston Conservatory.

2018 - Projections designed for Brianna Tagliaferro’s performance of Kaija Sariaho’s “Sept Papillons”. Premiered at the Boston Conservatory.

Film Festivals

2018- Rockwater Film Festival (Juried)- “Performing the Feed” 5 minutes of curated Instagram Stories. Text from a lecture by Paul Soulellis and music composed by Greg Nahabedian. Instagram videos shot and curated by Boy Nirvana.

2017- Rockwater Film Festival (Juried)- provided initial art concepts and camera handling for “My Time Good Bye” by Scott Schaeffer.


2018- “Thank You” and “With a Fondness for Tulips” (Double Book)- Published by Dollhouse Lightning

2016 - Andy Heck Boyd and Boy Nirvana (Chelsea Gawlik)- Self Published

Curating & Professional Experience

2018 - Co-Founder of Dollhouse Lightning- an arts and music distribution, Nashua NH

2013 - Board Member and Artist Coordinator for City Arts Nashua’s 11th Annual Art Walk

2012 - Exhibit Co-Curator and Artist Coordinator for Piece Makers Monthly Group Exhibitions, Keene State College in Keene N.H.

Artist Panels

2018 - Artists Panel with Boy Nirvana, Mark Elliott Johnson, and Teresa Taylo. Lead by Kurt Sundstrom, Phd and Curator at the Currier Museum, Kelley Stelling Gallery in Manchester NH