ROB NEILSON

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Fine Arts

College for Creative Studies - Detroit, MI

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2011

Unboundedness

8th Street & Pacific Ave. - Long Beach, CA

(In progress - Awarded 2009, scheduled for installation 2011)

Commissioning Agency: Long Beach Transit Authority

2009 - 2011

Playing Chase

Chase Park - Long Beach, CA

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: LB Redevelopment Agency and Arts Council of Long Beach

2006 - 2009

Four Familiar Faces

Eastway Sports Complex - Charlotte, NC

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Art & Science Council of Charlotte

2004 - 2009

About Place, About Face

Pico/Aliso Light Rail Station - Los Angeles, CA

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority

2005 - 2008

Bus Riders Monument

Mark Twain Branch Library Public Transit Station Long Beach, CA

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Arts Council of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit

2006 - 2007

Learning Curve

Falls City Library and Art Center Falls City, NE

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Library Foundation of Falls City

2004 - 2005

Monument to St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth Hospital - Appleton, WI

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: St. Elizabeth Hospital

2003 - 2004

Fruits of Labor

City of Los Angeles, East Valley Waste Management Complex Los Angeles, CA

Permanent public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

2003

Head West Young Man

Bluff Park Long Beach, CA

Temporary public art commission

Commissioning Agency: Public Corporation for the Arts

2002

Real El Camino Real

El Camino Real Project Albuquerque, NM

Temporary public art commission

Commissioning Agency: City of Albuquerque

1998

Drawn & Quartered

Hanes Art Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

Public sculpture commission

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & INSTALLATIONS

2010

Physiognomic Self-Analysis By Way of Products I Own

Perkinson Art Gallery, Millikin University Decatur, IL

2008

More Light

Lawrence University Appleton, WI

Temporary installation

2007

About Face

Bohrod Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, Menasha, WI

Duck!

Out-door sculpture installation

Longwood Center for the Arts, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

2006

A Face in Time

Kohler Gallery Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Unrequested Proposals

Hoffmaster Gallery Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2005 - 2007

Two-Headed Trojan Ducky

Lincolnwood, IL

2003

Smoke Em If You Got Em

Site-Specific Installation; Angels Gate Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

2002

Ecce Marlboro Homo

Broadlind Gallery - Long Beach, CA

2001

Breathe

Site-Specific Installation, Angels Gate Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA

1998

Stuff and Nonsense: Robt. Neilson Recent Sculpture and Drawings

LUMP Gallery - Raleigh, NC

1997

Steamed and Soaked (All Wet)

Alcott Gallery - Chapel Hill, NC

1994

Late Night Wreckage

Willis Gallery - Detroit, MI

1990

Robert Neilson: Recent Works

The Center Gallery - Detroit, MI

1987

Paper & Steel

245 Underground Gallery - Detroit, MI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011

Romp and Resolve

Buckham Gallery – Flint, MI

Anthony Williams Memorial Exhibition

Paint Creek Center for Art – Rochester, MI

Compassionate Manhole Covers

The Trout Museum – Appleton, WI

The Social Self

The Rabbit Gallery – Appleton, WI

2010

Houdini Trees

Trout Museum of Art – Appleton, WI

2009

Art on the River

Dubuque Riverfront – Dubuque, IA

Green

Curator: Tim Riley

Appleton Art Center – Appleton, WI

2008

Id (Self-Portraits by Sculptors)

Curator: Anthony Cervino

Schmucker Art Gallery Gettysburg College – Gettysburg, PA

CCS Alumni Exhibition

Center Gallery, College for Creative Studies – Detroit, MI

Id (Self-Portraits by Sculptors)

Trout Gallery, Dickenson College – Carlisle, PA

New Now: Recent Acquisitions

John Michael Kohler Art Center – Sheboygan, WI

Seven County Artist Exhibition

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum – Neenah, WI

2007

Id (Self-Portraits by Sculptors)

Rosenburg Gallery, Goucher College – Baltimore, MD

Common Ground – Public Art Proposals

Curator: Matt Ferranto

Westchester Community College – Valhalla, NY

Art Zoo

Appleton Art Center – Appleton, WI

2006

Artooning

Main Street Gallery – Groton, NY

2004

Navy Pier Walk 2004

Curator: Peter Schjeldahl

Chicago Navy Pier - Chicago, IL Catalogue

Success!

Budget Gallery – San Francisco, CA

Carolina Centennial Anniversary Exhibition

Curators: Kimowan McLain & Jim Hirschfield

Hanes Gallery – Chapel Hill, NC

2003

New Orleans Canal Street Projection Project

Outdoor public projection of video “Sarcoid Cinema” - New Orleans, LA

Violent Violence

Curator: Elin O’Hara Slavik

Arti et Amicitiae Gallery– Amsterdam, Holland

2002

Self-Portrait Exhibition

Gallery 117 - Long Beach, CA

A Gathering of Angels – (Art from South LA, 1989 – 2001)

Angels Gate Cultural Center – Los Angeles, CA

2001

Faculty Exhibition

Riverside Community College - Riverside, CA

2000 – 2001

Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour

Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI

2000

QUIET! Devices and Noisemakers

LUMP Gallery - Raleigh, NC

New Currents in Contemporary Art

Ackland Art Museum - Chapel Hill, NC

Pre-Millennium Stress

Dirt Gallery - Kansas City, MO

1996

Common Ground

Mt. Clemens Art Center - Mt. Clemens, MI

The Box Show

Willis Gallery - Detroit, MI

Sex, Death, & Speed: America’s 100 Years with the Automobile

A.C.,T. Gallery - Detroit, MI

1995

Michigan Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition V

Southfield Civic Center - Southfield, MI

Art on the Move Public Sculpture Exhibition

Grand Circus Park - Detroit, MI

Waste Not

Detroit Focus Gallery - Detroit, MI

Inaugural Exhibition

SPMC Gallery - Pontiac, MI

1995 Art on the Move Resident Artists

Swords into Plowshares Gallery - Detroit, MI

1995 Art on the Move Resident Artists

The Center Gallery - Detroit, MI

1994

All Michigan - All Media

Krasel Art Center - St. Joseph, MI

1993

Call it the Blues

Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, MI

1992

Kyoung Ae Cho, Sandra Budd, & Robert Neilson: Studio Works

Center for Creative Studies - Detroit, MI

Detroit Institute of Arts - Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Detroit Festival for the Arts - Detroit, MI

Art on the Move Public Sculpture Exhibition

Grand Circus Park - Detroit, MI

1991

All Area 1991 Exhibition

Saginaw Art Museum - Saginaw, MI

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2010 – Present

Fredrick Layton Distinguished Professor of Art, Lawrence University

2009 – Present

Associate Professor of Art, Lawrence University – Appleton, WI

2003 – 2009

Assistant Professor of Art, Lawrence University – Appleton, WI

1999 – 2003

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Riverside Community College – Riverside, CA

1998 – 1999

Instructor of Art, Durham Technical College - Durham, NC

1998

Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

1997 – 1998

Instructor of Record, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

VISITING ARTIST, PANELS & LECTURES

2010

Visiting Artist

Millikin University – Decatur, IL

Panelist

Self-Employment in the Arts Conference, Coleman Foundation, Chicago, IL

2009

Visiting Artist – Guest Lecturer

Art Department, University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

Visiting Artist – Guest Lecturer

Dickinson College – Carlisle, PA

Presenter

Researching Assessment Methods in Tutorial Education Conference

Teagle Foundation; Lawrence University, College of Wooster and Williams College

2008

Guest Lecturer

George Segal – Street Scenes

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – Madison, WI

Guest Lecturer

Life of a Sculptor: It a Lousy Living but a Great Life

Trout Museum of Art – Appleton, WI

ART Decoded Series

Contemporary Imagery Meaning – Panel Discussion

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI

2007

CAA Career Development Workshops for Artists

Midwest Versus The Rest: Opportunities Regionally and Nationally – Panel Discussion

College Art Association & John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Visiting Artist – Guest Lecturer

University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, Menasha, WI

Guest Lecturer

6 and 1/2 Months in a Toilet Factory (or How I Spent My First Sabbatical)

Noontime Philosophers – Appleton, WI

Visiting Artist – Guest Lecturer

Longwood University – Farmville, VA

2006

Visiting Artist – Guest Lecturer

CAST: The Coalition of Active Sculpture Teachers

University of Wisconsin, Sheboygan – Sheboygan, WI

Public and Private; Art and Idea

John Michael Kohler Art Center – Sheboygan, WI

Balancing the Public and the Art in Public Art

Lunch Lectures at Lawrence Series, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2002

Visiting Artist - Guest Lecturer; Public Corporation for the Art, Long Beach, CA

1998

Visiting Artist - Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

1995

Visiting Artist in Residence – Art on the Move Residency Program, Detroit, MI

SLECTED GRANTS and AWARDS

2010 – 2011

Coleman Fellowship for Art and Entrepreneurship

Coleman Foundation

2010

People’s Choice Award

Art on the River, Dubuque Riverfront – Dubuque, IA

2009 – 2010

Coleman Fellowship for Art and Entrepreneurship

Coleman Foundation

Senior Experience Grant

Mellon Fund and Lawrence University

2006

Kohler Arts/Industry Program

Artist in Residence – Kohler, WI

1998

Smith Research Grant, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Professional Development Grant

University of North Carolina - Department of Art - Chapel Hill, NC

Technology Supplement Award

Fellowship Committee of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Alumni Sculpture Garden Competition

Commission for outdoor sculpture - University of North Carolina

1995

Nominee and Recipient Art on the Move Residency

City of Detroit

1994

Honorable Mention, All Michigan - All Media, Krasel Art Center

1993

Best of Show, Call it the Blues, Central Michigan University

1992

Nominee and Recipient Art on the Move Residency

City of Detroit

1991

Honorable Mention

All Area 1991 - Saginaw Art Museum

SELECTED PRESS and MEDIA

2010

Mongeon, Bridgette and de la Flor, Mike; Digital Sculpting: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists, Elsevier Inc. New York, NY p 186, 213 – 215

Voight, Sandye; The Creativity is Flowing as the People's Choice Award Winner Heads Home for a 'Wing-ectomy' Telegraph Herald. July 16, 2010

2009

Patterson, Kara; Face Value: Lawrence Professor finds a Sense of Community in L.A. Art Project, The Post-Crescent. November 16, 2009 p. B1 - B3

Soliven, Maria; Bye Bye Birdie: Longwood’s Signature Two-Headed Duck is Nowhere to be Found, The Rotunda, Farmville, VA, September 9, 2009

Squires Lauren: Art on the River Brings More to Port of Dubuque, KWWL 7. July 15, 2009, 10:38 PM

“Art on the River” Dubuque City Journal Television Show, City Channel 8. July 2009

Sullivan, Karen: Tribute to Everyday Folk Puts Colorful Face on Park, Charlotte Observer. June 28, 2008 p. B1

2008

Stickers Appraise Mundane Objects in Downtown Wisconsin, USA Today. August 15, 2008

Mikulay, Jennifer; Public Art at Kohler Arts/Industry, Public Art Review. Spring 2008

De Camillis, Nancy - ed.: Artist Profile, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine. July 2008

2007

Patterson, Kara; Face Off: Artist’s Exhibit Puts a Face on Who We Are and What We Own, The Post-Crescent. October 25, 2007

Jones, Cal; About Face and Head to the Bohrod Gallery, The Scene. November 2007

Carlson, Elizabeth; About Face, catalogue essay for: About Face, Bohrod Gallery, University of Wisconsin

Egan, Shannon; ID, catalogue essay for Id - Self-Portraits by Sculptors, Goucher College

2006

Artist Gets Ideas For New Eastway Park, The Charlotte Observer. July 27, 2006

2004

Recent Projects - Fruits of Labor Public Art Review. Fall 2004 p.49

Commissions in Brief - Fruits of Labor Sculpture Magazine. November 2004 p.23

Schjeldahl, Peter; 3-D Chicago: Navy Pier Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Published by 3-D Chicago 2004

Nance, Kevin; At Navy Pier, the Art of Placing Sculpture Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL. May 4, 2004

Mathie, Frank; Stroll through the Art at Navy Pier, ABC7 Chicago, IL. May 5, 2004, 5:00 pm CST

Adventures with a Giant Rubber Ducky

Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ Chicago public radio Chicago, IL. May 6, 2004

2003

Moving Western Sculpture Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA. March 12, 2003

Exhibit Highlights Variety of Art in America Grunion Gazette, Long Beach, CA. February 20, 2003

2002

Arts & Entertainment Report Television Program

Interview and footage of sculpture, Long Beach, CA. September 2002

Nielsen, Kari; Art Interviews KBCH - FM, California State University - Long Beach, September 2002

1998

St. Lewis, Louis; Strong Ackland Exhibition takes on Pop Culture Chapel Hill News, Chapel Hill, NC, Sunday May 3, 1998

Green, Roger; Sculpture in Plain View Kalamazoo Gazette, Sunday April 19, 1998

Walz, Cara; Indulge at Dirt Pitch Weekly, Kansas City, MO, (March 1998)

1995

Plowman, John; Start Sculpting Quatro Publishing Ltd. London, England 1995 p. 97

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Corporate

Kohler Co. – Kohler, WI

John Michael Kohler Art Center – Sheboygan, WI

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Appleton, WI

Martella & Assoc. DDS – Ferndale, MI

Public

City of Los Angeles, CA

Metro Transit Authority – Los Angeles, CA

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

Falls City Library and Art Center – Falls City, NE

Mecklenburg County – Charlotte, NC

Arts & Science Council of Charlotte – Charlotte, NC

Long Beach Transit Authority – Long Beach, CA

Private

Ms. Vida Brown – Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Brian Callahan – Silversprings, MD

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry and Mary-Kay Gardner – San Diego, CA

Dr. and Mrs. David Hall – Appleton, WI

Mr. Dan Janos – San Francisco, CA

Dr. and Mrs. Michael and Margaret Keefe – Bloomfield Hills, MI

Dr. Ronald Mart – Beverly Hills, MI

Ms. Jessica Mary Murphy – New York, NY

Dr. Kathleen Murray – Minneapolis, MN

Mr. James Raschiella – Long Beach, CA

Mr. Peter Schjeldahl – New York, NY

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