work by Nancy Palmeri
3. You both teach at a university. Does your best friendship help in this area? Do you call each other for advice?
NH: Again, all the time. We are nerdy professors that like to talk about teaching, what works, what doesn’t, technical question, students. We are both very dedicated to teaching and like to share problems, ideas and successes we have. If I am having a bad day at work or something crazy has happened, I will call Nancy and tell her what is going on. She is always supportive and offers great advice.
NP: Yes, always. It helps me to talk with my best friend and colleague about issues that I face on a daily basis, teaching, art, personal. I have a very busy academic life, and sometimes I feel bad about not being able to make work as much as I would like. Nicole always has something great to say about how to face that reality while helping me to find ways to be in my studio.
NH: I would say it in more encouragement than competition. When I hear about great things Nancy is doing or making, it inspires me to be a better artist. We also support and promote one another. If we go somewhere as a visiting artist and it is a good experience we will suggest the other one for a future visit or exhibition.
For the record, I have the best hair products; Nancy always has the best purses/messenger bags.
work by Nicole Hand
5. What keeps your long distant best friendship forever forever? How do you make it work?
NH: We talk a lot, email and try to see each other once or more a year. We also have a really weird connection that without talking we will be reading the same book or have bought the same sweater at the gap. I don’t really believe in that stuff, but it happens so often it is a little freaky.
NP: We love each other like sisters without the fighting.