Nici Cumpston is a trainee curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Art Gallery of SA. Prior to this she was a lecturer at the SA School of Art, University of South Australia. She is of Aboriginal, Afghan, English and Irish descent and draws strength from her ancestry when creating her artworks. She has been invited to participate in many prestigious awards and exhibitions including the 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st , 24th and 25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards held annually in Darwin.
In 2005 she was commissioned by the Commonwealth Law Court in Adelaide to create a signature artwork for their new building. In 2006 she was a finalist in the Inaugural Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award held at the Queensland Art Gallery. In 2007 she won the People’s Choice Award for the River Murray Art Prize. Her work is held in many public and private galleries both nationally and internationally.