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Nixson Borah began teaching at Fullerton College in 1962, and taught a variety of studio art classes full time for thirty seven years and then three more years as a part-time teacher, for a total of forty years. He founded the printmaking program at Fullerton college.

Borah exhibited his art work frequently in Fullerton, at the Edge Gallery, the John Thomas Gallery, the Hunt Library, the Muckenthaler Center and at the college. He also had work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and the Laguna School of Art. There used to be a periodic "Night in Fullerton" art tour (a precursor of the present Art Walk) where he would display work at various venues. According to Borah, "A lot of good things happened culturally (here), usually promoted by women artists."

The range of art Borah has produced and exhibited covers a wide spectrum of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. For most the 1980s he concentrated two and three-dimensional work in cast paper, while continuing to produce drawings and monotypes. His work is included in numerous private collections on both coasts and has been shown in solo and group exhibits in many California museums and galleries.

Alumni Strories: Nixson

“It was obvious that he loved being a teacher. He threw his entire soul into it. His color theory and figure drawing classes changed the way I paint. He brought science, philosophy, and world history into the arts. His class encouraged me to see beauty.”

—Valerie Lewis, local artist/former student

    Nixson Borah

    Date of Birth: 1938
  • Dates at Fullerton College:

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  • Art Instructor (1962-2003)
  • Selected Solo Exhibits:Wenger Gallery, San Diego, 1980, 1982, 1984
  • El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, 1981
  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 1983
  • Effinger Gallery, The School of Art, Laguna Beach, 1983
  • Gensler Associates/Architects, Irvine, 1986
  • Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, 1987


“Biography.” www.n-borah.com. Nixon Borah Online Studio. Web. 10 July 2012.

Borah, Nixson. “RE: Fullerton College Centennial.” Message to the author. 25 April 2012. E-mail.

Lewis, Valerie. Personal interview. 10 July 2012.

Photo Credit:

Printmaking Class, 1973. Courtesy Fullerton College Library Online Archives