van der Kolk

Nicholas van der Kolk
Berkeley, CA
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Collins Family Foundation.

Nicholas van der Kolk creates audio documentaries for NPR’s Snap Judgment as well as his own podcast, Love + Radio. He is also the co-founder of the Megapolis Audio Festival. Van der Kolk’s work features experimental sound design on an eclectic range of topics: a woman who gives away her life savings as an experiment; a pair of rogue taxidermists; and probably the only radio story involving Karl Rove, Motley Crue, and the mafia. In The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt, he profiles Detroit’s only stay-at-home strip-club manager. The piece won the Gold Prize for Best Documentary by the Third Coast International Audio Festival (2011), the first podcast to do so in the history of the competition.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Nicholas van der Kolk
    Greenberg’s War, 2012; photo credit Adrianne Mathiowetz
Artwork by Nicholas van der Kolk