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How Robert Clark Nelson viewed his art world

Robert Clark Nelson (1928-2007) was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He studied at Bethel College and the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD). Nelson taught at Bethel College before joining the faculty at the College of St. Catherine where he worked for 21 years. During his tenure at St. Kate's, he served as the head of the Art Department and director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Nelson was an accomplished painter, graphic designer, and book designer. His work was exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP gallery and the Suzanne Kohn Gallery. He designed many posters for exhibitions in galleries around the Twin Cities including the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, the Suzanne Kohn Gallery, and the University of Minnesota Gallery.

This exhibit shows Robert Clark Nelson's role at St. Catherine Univeristy through three distinct roles: as an artist, as a viewer of art, and as a promoter. 

The Artist page shows the photographs Robert Clark Nelson took of his own original work called "The Ark".

The Viewer of Art page shows images from the exhibition entitled "Six Realist Painters". The works are by other artists from St. Catherine University, photographed by Robert Clark Nelson.

The Thrill of the Exhibition page shows Robert Clark Nelson's as promoter, collecting photographs of an exibition opening that Robert Clark Nelson used to promote exhibits at St. Catherine's University.

The intent of this exhibit is to show how Robert Clark Nelson viewed his own work, how he viewed the work of others, and how he viewed others interacting with St. Kate’s exhibitions. Showing these angles allows for the viewers to foster a greater understanding about who Robert Clark Nelson was and why he was important to the culture of St. Kate’s as a whole. 

Credits

Exhibit created by Matt Engelson, Leah Fischer, and Katy Grogan. Images provided by St. Catherine University. Images may not be reproduced for any reason without the express written consent of St. Catherine University.

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