Nicole Johnson-DeBoer is the executive director for the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council which covers 18 rural counties on the prairie. She brings three decades of leadership and creative management experience, coupled with a passion for growing rural communities through the arts.

Prior to SMAC, she was Corporate Creative Director for The Schwan Food Company leading international marketing initiatives across all business units. Nicole also has a freelance marketing & design business in addition to occasional mural painting and custom kitchen counter painting jobs. In her spare time, Nicole continues to be involved in the arts as a visual artist, graphic designer, actress, vocalist, volunteer and supporter.

DeBoer is a 1990 Southwest Minnesota State University graduate with degrees in Marketing and Radio/TV Production. She is known by a myriad of people as Nic, Nicki, Nicole, Mormor, Ma and “Hey, creative-lady!”

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Nicole DeBoer