Katherine Nelson Vitae

Katherine Nelson Vitae


1990 - Master of Arts in Drawing. State University of New York. Albany, NY.

1989 - College of St. Rose. Albany, NY. Visiting Arts Student.

1985 - Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY.  Periclean Honors.

1983 - Sweet Briar College. Sweet Briar, VA. Visiting Honors Student.

1981 - Walt Whitman High School. Bethesda, MD. Honors.

Biographical Information

1964              Born in the Hague. The Netherlands.

1964-2010     Expat living in Holland, Germany, Turkey, and Belgium. Extensive travel.

1995              Long Distance Cyclist. Raised funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief  by

                      cycling the West Coast International Bicycle Classic: 1662 miles in 25 days.

Solo Exhibitions

2011       Katherine Nelson.  Earthly Bliss. The Art Spirit Gallery of Art, CDA, ID. November. 

2009      Katherine Nelson Selected Drawings from a Foreign Assignment. The Art Spirit Gallery, CDA, ID.

2009      The U.S. Department of State European Media Center “THE HUB” at The Embassy of the United 

              States of America. Brussels, Belgium. Charcoal Drawings. September and October.

2009      Recent Charcoals. The American Women's Club. Brussels, Belgium.

2007      Katherine Nelson. The Circle in the Center and Beyond. The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. . CDA, ID

2006      North Idaho College. More Inspiration. Coeur d’Alene, ID

2005      Katherine Nelson. Land, Light, Form. The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. CDA, ID

2003      Katherine Nelson. The Palouse and Other Inspirations in Charcoal. The Art Spirit Gallery. CDA, ID

2003      Merrill-Jennings Galleries. The Nature Show: Flora, Feathers, and Fur. Davidson, NC

1997       Pastis. Avian Series. Charlotte, NC

1996       Art Vivant Gallery. Bird Series. Charlotte, NC

1993       Bethlehem Education Center. Gardens. Delmar, NY

1992       Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Topiary Gardens. Troy, NY

1991        Rensselaer County Council for the Arts. Nelson Drawings at Allegro Cafe, Troy, NY

Two Person Exhibitions

2010        Katherine Nelson and Victoria Brace. September. The Art Spirit Gallery, CDA, Idaho.

2008      The Palouse: Katherine Nelson and William Turner. Chase Gallery. Spokane City Hall.

                Spokane, WA. Spokane Arts Commission.                   

Selected Exhibitions

2015   Small Artworks Invitational. The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA.

2015    The Drawing Exhibition at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Glen Echo, Maryland, USA.

2015  "Rhythmic Slopes" Drawing. The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. 21st Annual Alumni Exhibition.

2014    "Wheat Heartland Prayer" fiberglass sculpture for Caravan 2014 Amen: A Prayer for the World invitational exhibition at The National Cathedral in Washington, DC and St. John the Devine Cathedral in NYC.

2014     "Cardinal Cake" was selected by the St.Louis Cardinals Baseball Team for STL250's Cakeway to the West celebrating the 250th Birthday of the City of  St. Louis. Installed at  BUSCH STADIUM, St. Louis, MO for STL250 six months.

2014     "Raven Cake" was selected by STL250 and RAC for Jefferson Barracks Historic Site St. Louis, MO for STL250 Cakeway to the West. One year installation. Sold at the STL250 auction to art collector to benefit the renewal of public spaces in St. Louis.

2014     "Rolling Hills Landscape Cake” was selected by STL250 and RAC for the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge in Grafton Missouri celebrating the STL250 Cakeway to the West. Ongoing on site installation into 2016.                         

2014     "Lady Bug Cake" was selected by STL250 and RAC for the City of East St.Louis Municipal Building and Offices of City of St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks.  Ongoing on site installation into 2016.

2014     Silence and Noise. Art Saint Louis. Jurors: Artist Gary Passanise, Professor, Webster University, and founder, Executive Director, The Santo Foundation, St.Louis, MO andArtist Marie Bannerot McInerney, Professor, Fiber Department, Kansas City Art Institute. St. Louis, MO

2014      Pictorialist. Art Saint Louis. Juror: John Nagel, Executive  Director of the International Photography Hall of Fame in St.Louis and Juror: Photographer Jennifer Silverberg. St.Louis, MO

2014      Ragdolls, Robots, Rocketships. Foundry Art Centre. St.Charles, MO. Juror: Artist Renee Richetts.

2014     Clearly Human. St.Louis Artists Guild. Juror: Seattle Artist  Barbara Fugate. St. Louis, MO.

2013     ART ST. LOUIS XXIX. Art Saint Louis. Juror: Buzz Spector, Dean of the College and 

              Graduate School of Art at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington

              University.  St.Louis, MO.  Out of 583 artworks in all media from 133 artists, Mr. Spector

              selected 50 artworks from 44 artists. 

2013       It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity. St.Louis Artist Guild. Juror:Paula Katz, Director and Curator of

               Herron Galleries at Herron School of Art at Indiana University. St. Louis, MO.

2013       Under the Influence. Art Saint Louis. Jurors: St. Louis artists Kit Keith and Tim Liddy. St. Louis, MO.

2011      The Small Works Invitational. The Art Spirit Gallery. CDA, ID.

2010      The Small Works Invitational. The Art Spirit Gallery. CDA, ID.

2010      The Little Spokane River Arts Tour. Guest ofartist Hulda Bridgeman Studio. Spokane, WA.

2008      New Work by 11 Artists! The Art Spirit Gallery. CDA, Idaho.

2007     13 Artists on Friday the 13th! The Art Spirit Gallery. CDA, ID

2006      Eye For Art. Exhibition for Mead Schools Educational Fund. Mead, WA Invitational by 

                artist Harold Balaz.

2006      McGlade’s. Featured Regional Artist Series. Mead, WA

2005      ABC TV Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Selected artist for the Sandpoint, Idaho

2005      Chase Gallery Juried Exhibition. Juror: Steve Gibbs. Spokane, WA

2005      Colbert Presbyterian Church. Artist Series. Colbert, WA. 

2004      Twenty-first Art About Agriculture Inaugural Tour 2004  Exhibit. Oregon State University. Jurors: Harrison Branch, Tallmadge Doyle, John Olbrantz Tour: Guistina Art Gallery at OSU, The Rogue Art Gallery, Medford. The Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton. The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles,OR Exhibition is sponsored in part by the Smithsonian Institution “American Garden Legacy Series.”

2003          The Grand Opening Exhibit. The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. CDA, ID

2003          Raw Space. Chase Gallery. Spokane, WA

2002-07    Small Art Works Invitational. The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. CDA, ID

2002-12     Monthly Changing Exhibits. The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art. CDA , ID

2002          Raw Space. Chase Gallery. Spokane, WA

2001-06    Monthly Changing Exhibits. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC

2000         The Miniature Show. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC

2000         Magical Mystery. Merrill-Jennings Galleries, Davidson, NC

2000         Skidmore College Juried Alumni Exhibition. Saratoga Springs, NY

1999-97    Judy Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, NC

1998-97    Aida’s. Aida Saul. Interiors Design Studio. Charlotte, NC

1997-98    Art Vivant Gallery. Changing Exhibitions. Charlotte, NC

1995-98   The Rice Gallery: The Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY

1994         Zoologic. Russell Sage College. Troy, NY

1994         Masque 94. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY

1994         Paper Moon. The Rensselaer County Council for the Arts.Troy, NY

1994         Wild Beasts. Smithy Pioneer Gallery. Cooperstown, NY

1993         The Nature of Drawing. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute ofHistory and Art. Albany, NY

1993         Masque 93. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY

1993        Rensselaer County Council for the Arts: Auction Fundraiser. Troy, NY

1992        Faculty Invitational. Middlebury College. Middlebury, VT

1992        Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition. Schenectady Museum. Schenectady, NY

                Juror: Walter Hatke

1992        The Albany Biennial Exhibition: Interplay 1992. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of

                History and Art. Albany, NY. Juror: Ron Netsky

1992        Masque 92. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY

1992        Photography Regional Exhibition. Albany Center Galleries. Albany, NY

1991        A Collage of Auctions. Fundraiser Event. Rensselaer County Council for the Arts. Troy, NY

1990        Flora and Fauna. The Rice Gallery: Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany, NY

1990        Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region. Albany Institute of History and Art. Juror: Ken

                Johnson, contributing editor for ART IN AMERICA magazine.

1990        Master’s Thesis Exhibition. SUNYA. Albany, NY

1990-86  Annual Faculty Exhibition. Bethlehem Central School District. Delmar, NY

1989       Arts Festival Invitational. Saratoga Springs, NY

1985       Senior Thesis Exhibition. Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY

1981       Graphics VIII Invitational. Museum of American Art. Smithsonian Institution.  District of Columbia.

Professional Experience

2015      Art Juror. Selected juror for the Rockville Art League. Winter Juried Member's Show in Varied Media. Glenview Mansion Art Gallery at Rockville Civic Center Park, Rockville, Maryland. USA

2016-1986   Present : Guest speaker and project designer. Higher Education through Elementary Arts Programs providing arts awareness through educational outreach, diversity training, arts with core curriculum integration, specialized projects in charcoal drawing concepts.

2015      Artist Instructor for Drawing. The Pacific Northwest Art School. September feature workshop on charcoal landscape.  Whidbey Island, WA.

2014-16    Currently: Artist Instructor for Drawing.  The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.

2015      Art Juror.  Art Saint Louis "From Light to Dark" Exhibition. St. Louis, Missouri.

2010      Weekend Drawing Event at Madame TokTok. “Eurovillage: Unity in Diversity Mural”. Designed and presented drawing event for children in charcoal as the first  American guest artist for the educational program at the children’s venue, MadameTokTok. Worked with Tanguey Pelletier, Curator of Education and Elke Robert, Coordinator for the Tokyo Arts Club. Musee Palais de Tokyo. Paris, France.

2010      The Initial Eurovillage Drawing Day Event: St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium. Featured Guest Artist. Designed and presented event for Paul Motwani and the third grade teaching team and students.

1999       Adjunct Instructor of Art Education Methods. University of North Carolina at Charlotte. NC

1998      Art Department Advisor and Teacher. Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School. Davidson, NC. DIBMS is recognized as the Highest Performing Middle School in the State of North Carolina and “A School of Excellence” award winner.

1998-2000  “The Learning Garden” Author and facilitator of an original educational program model integrating the arts with core subjects to create a topiary garden on the front grounds of the school with the students of Davidson International Baccalaureate Middle School.Coordinated project with guest lectures and demonstrations from artist Pearl Fryar. Raised funds for the project with an auction of original topiary sculptures. Project generated publication in local news magazines, television coverage, and interest from higher educational  professionals studying the International Baccalaureate Educational Model and the arts. Traveled to Boston, MA to present project to Jessica Davis, Arts in Education Director at Harvard Graduate School of  Education and Professor Ju-i Yuan, Harvard Visiting Scholar from National Taipei Teachers College, Taiwan.

1996-00    Independent Mural Contractor. Designed and painted murals for corporate and residential clients. Permanent public murals in theatres/stores.

1996        Art Teacher. Garinger High School. Grades 10-12. Charlotte Mecklenberg School District. Charlotte, NC

1986-95  Tenured Art Teacher. Bethlehem Central Middle School. Grades 6-8. Bethlehem Central School District. Delmar, NY


2014        Cover Artist and Feature Story. Wild Horse Creek Living Magazine. November. "Well Seasoned: She Takes the Cake!" Jill Norton. Pages 26-27.   

2014       The STL Beacon. Donna Korando

2012        Cover Artist. CD Cover “The Beloved Country” commissioned by Bluegrass Singer

                Songwriter Kevin Brown host of "Front Porch Bluegrass" on Spokane Public Radio and a

                member of the bluegrass band "Big Red Barn". http://brownknows.com/

2012-11  Featured Cover Artist. Willow Springs: Thirty Years of Poetry. Eastern Washington University

                Press. Issues 67: Spring 2011 and 68: Fall 2011. Samuel Ligon, Editor.

2010       CD Cover Design Commissioned by Kevin Brown, Bluegrass Musician."The County Primaries"

               CD (New Release). Kevin is the host of "Front Porch Bluegrass" on Spokane Public Radio and 

                a member of the bluegrass band "Big Red Barn". 

2010       The Guide to North Idaho.com feature. August 26, 2010

2010       The Pacific Northwest Inlander Magazine. Fall Arts Issue. September Feature. Katherine

               Nelson and Victoria Brace. Leah Sottile. September 16, 2010.


2009       Museum Legs Blog: Amy Whitaker, Author. November 13, 2009:Portland to Coeur d'Alene.

2009       Arts Inland Northwest. Katherine Nelson ReEmerges at the Art Spirit. Carrie Scozzaro.

2009       Doma Coffee Roasting. Katherine Nelson Exhibit at Art Spirit Gallery Sponsored by Doma Coffee Roasting Co. November.

2008       The Scotsman Newspaper. Paul Motwani. Scotland's First Grand Master of Chess Strategy: ”What’s

               Black, White, and Read All Over?"                            

2008       The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Carrie Scozzarro. “Palouse Pair” . Art Feature

                article. June 12- 18, 2008 edition.

2008      The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. “Paintings, Pens, and Palouse” Tammy Marshall.

                May 1, 2008.

2006      The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Cover Art and three illustrations for the 2006

                Fiction Contest winner. Dec.21-27 edition.

2006      The Sentinel. A&E Feature Story. “Palouse Artist Displays Talent with ‘More Inspiration’

                gallery. Michelle Haase. October 9, 2006. Coeur d’ Alene, ID

2005       The Pacific Northwest INLANDER Magazine.Ted S. McGregor, Jr. “INLANDER PICKS”.

                 November 10, 2005.

2005        Artisan Northwest Magazine. Second page photo. Art Spirit Gallery. Fall 2005 Edition.

2004-08 The Coeur d’ Alene Art Guide. Cover photo 2004. Coeur D’ Alene, ID 2003 The Pacific

                 Northwest INLANDER Magazine. Sherri Boggs. “Ghosts of the Harvest”. September 18th

                  Edition 2003. pages 24 and 25.

2001         Lake Norman Magazine. Mimi Sherman. “Creative Endeavors: A Quarterly Series on Artists

                  and Craftspeople of Lake Norman”. June Edition 2001. Pages 18 and 19.

1999         The Leader. Kathleen Keener. March Edition. Schenectady, NY

1996         Feature Page: Art Vivant Gallery. February 15, 1996. Charlotte, NC.

1993         The Daily Gazette. Peg Churchill Wright. December 2, 1993.  Albany, NY.

1993         The Times Union. Preview Section. William Jaeger. November 18, 1993. Albany, NY

1992         The Spotlight. November 18, 1992. Albany, NY.

1992         The Times Union. November 6, 1992. Albany, NY.

1992          Ken Johnson: Contributor for ART IN AMERICA : Juror’s Essay. “Contemporary Art the Dark

                  Side: A Perspective on This Year’s Regional”. Exhibition Catalog June 23, 1990. Page 7.

                  Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region.


1998          NEA Grant Participant. Charlotte’s Web Internet Web Site Development. Charlotte, NC

1992          S.O.S. Grant from the NY Foundation for the Arts and the RCCA of Troy, NY.

1992          Audrey Abbuhl Merit Award. The Albany Biennial: Interplay 1992. The Rice Gallery:

                  Albany Institute of History and Art. Juror: Ron Netsky

1991           Second Prize of Show. Annual Spring Juried Exhibition. Laighton Gallery, Troy, NY

Television and Commercial

2015         RAL:Rockville Art League Video for my juror discussion for the award winners: 2015 Winter Exhibition.

2014         Video Clip.  STL250 “Cakeway to the West” St. Louis, MO

2010          Filmed Eurovillage Workshop. Palais de Tokyo. Paris, France.

2010          Artist Series, THE HUB European Media Center, Brussels, Belgium

2005         ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Selected artist for the Sandpoint, Idaho Extreme Home.

1997           Interview with news anchor. WBTV Channel 3 News. Charlotte, NC. Feature story on

                  Topiary art forms and my students’ participation in a project I designed with nationally

                  recognized topiary artist Pearl Fryar.

1996          Carolinas Healthcare Systems TV Commercial. Filmed as sole participant in the role of a

                  professional artist. Created all art for set. Boulevard Films Production. Charlotte, NC

Corporate Mural Commissions/ Public Art

2014           "STL250: Cakeway to the West". Four cakes detailed above on locations in St. Louis, MO

2002           Colbert Presbyterian Church. Mural created as a charitable donation. Colbert, WA

1997           Cabin Fever High Country Furniture and Design. Commission for 1000 square foot 

                    landmark outdoor mural for store front. Mural design to be seen from highway. Maggie

                    Valley, NC

1997           Taste of New York Deli. Commission for 900 square foot NY City Skyline mural on interior.

                    Pineville Shopping Center, Pineville, NC

1996-2016 Consolidated Theaters at Phillips Place Shopping Center in Southpark. The Harris Group

                    Herman Stone, President of Consolidated Theaters. Commission for two permanent front

                    window  installation murals. Charlotte, NC