Keith Nelson


Keith Nelson is an artist living in Milwaukee, WI, and is represented locally at the Alice Wilds gallery.

BFA, Painting, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 2000

Selected Exhibitions
“Sammans├Ąttning,” The Mausoleum @ Zeihersmith, New York, NY 4/17
“New Work,” Bubbler/Madison Public Library, Madison, WI 12/14
“Arrangements,” Portrait Gallery, Milwaukee, 5/14
“Mandy and Keef,” Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, 6/11
“Functions,” Founder’s Hall, UW-Manitowoc, 4/08
“Project Space,” Brooks Barrow Gallery, Milwaukee, 9/07
“Experiments,” Temporary Contemporary, Milwaukee, 7/07
“New Work,” Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, 3/04
“New Work,” Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, 8/03

“Presentation,” Hotel Pupik, Schrattenberg, Austria 8/16
“Current Tendencies,” Haggerty Museum of Art/Marquette University, Milwaukee, 6/15
“OOOOO Ghoost Show V,” Borderline, Milwaukee, 10/14
“45 North,” Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI 8/14
“(Re)Motivated,” Usable Space, Milwaukee, 5/14
“Winter Chapel(w/Paula Schultz),” Portrait Society, 1/12
“Big Bangs/Small Bucks III,” Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, 12/10
“Harvest Tools,” Project Lodge, Madison, WI, 10/10
“Inaugural Exhibit,” Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, 5/10
“Spring Painting Show,” Cedar Gallery, Milwaukee, 4/10
“Big Bangs, Small Bucks II,” Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, 12/09
“Inaugural Exhibit,” The Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, 10/08
“Total Tonality,” Lobby Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 8/07
“3 from 7,” Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, 10/07
“Work From the 7th Floor,” Frederick Layton Gallery, MIAD, 7/05
“New Modernists,” Frederick Layton Gallery, MIAD, 7/03

“stARTup Fair,” Mile North Hotel, Chicago, IL, 9/16
Juror: Michelle Grabner, artist/independent curator
“Forward:A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now,” Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee, 2/10
Jurors: Graham Reid, Assistant Curator, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Martha Glowacki, Co-Director, Wisconsin Academy’ James Watrous Gallery
“71st Rockford Midwestern Biennial,” Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 1/10
Juror: Tory Folliard, Director, Tory Folliard Gallery
“49th Annual Juried Exhibit,” Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI, 4/06
Jurors: Randall Berndt, Co-Director, Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery; Susan Kriofsky, Co-Founder, Hotcakes Gallery

Curatorial Projects
“Usable Space,” Converted warehouse garage into gallery providing a managed space for exhibits curated by Milwaukee-based artists, 10/13-present
“Spring Painting Show,” Co-curated group exhibit of local painters at Cedar Gallery, 4/10
“Reconnections 2010,” Curated off-campus alumni exhibit for MIAD, 7/10
“Temporary Contemporary,” Converted storefront into temporary gallery space. Co-curated eight two-week exhibits showcasing emerging artists, 5/07-9/07

Other Professional Accomplishments
Attended “Hotel Pupik,” artist residency in Schrattenberg, Austria, 8/16
“7th Floor Studios, LLC,” Converted/manage 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse space into 12 affordable artist studios, 5/01-present
“The Fifth Floor, LLC,” Converted/manage 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse space into 15 affordable artist studios, 5/12-present

Publications & Honors
Finalist, Mary Nohl Fellowship, Established Artist, 2013
Finalist, Mary Nohl Fellowship, Established Artist, 2012
Finalist, Mary Nohl Fellowship, Established Artist, 2011
K. Murrel, Shepherd Express, “What’s on your Shelf?,” 6/4/14
L. Waxman, “60wrd/min Critic”(INOVA),” 5/31/13 http://www.60wrd/
S.McAdams, “From the Curb in Milwaukee: Usable Space,” Bad at Sports, 10/25/13
P. Hartigan, “A View From the Easel,” Hyperallergic, 4/3/14
T. Folliard, MMagazine, “Scanning the Artscape: Five Artist’s to Watch…” 3/2013
A. Schindler, “Keith C. Nelson,” Kooye(blog), 10/8/12
C. Smith, “Keith Nelson,” Fine Line, 10/8/12
M. Scumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Common Ground,” 10/2/05
M. Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Confirmed…,” 7/25/03

Selected Collections
Leigh Albritton, Chief Registrar, Harley Davidson Museum
Maggie & David Gordon, former Director, Milwaukee Art Museum
Melinda & Ken Krei, Former Board President, Milwaukee Art Museum, CEO Third Ward Records
Mark Lawson, Director of Galleries, MIAD
Mary Louise Mussoline, Former Director, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
John Stewart, Principal, Food Services, Inc.
International Financial Data Services, Toronto
Adelman Travel Group, Milwaukee
Ameristar, Casino Corp., Reno, NV
Third Ward Records, St. Francis, WI
Whyte, Hirschboeck, & Dudek, SC, Milwaukee