H O M E B I O G R A P H Y A R T Contact William Nelson



Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942.


Studies began at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago at age twelve

and continued until awarded a full scholarship to the same school.



2013 Art Post Gallery, Northbrook IL                                      1991 Prince Galleries, Chicago, IL
2010 Kamp Galleries, Chicago, Winnetka, IL                          1990 Prince Galleries, Chicago, IL         

2007 University Club, Chicago, IL                                          1989 Galerie Park Palace, Monaco

2006 Art Post Gallery, Glenview, IL                                        1988 Janice Hunt Galleries, Chicago, IL

2004 Municipal Art League of Chicago                                   1987 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA              

2000-2001 Gallery Art 3, Osaka, Japan                                 1986 Green Street Gallery, New York, NY

1998 Gallery Venus, Nagoya, Japan                                     1985 Mussavi Gallery, New York, NY

1998 Intermode Station, Osaka, Japan                                   1984 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1997 Gallery Fleg International, Tokyo, Japan                       1981 Ta Nisia Galleries, New York, NY

1996 Timely Elegance Gallery, Nagoya, Japan                     1981 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

1995 Union League Club, Chicago, IL                                   1979 Sante Fe Festival of Arts, Santa Fe, NM

 1994 William DeLind Galleries, Milwaukee, WI                       1975 Peterson Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA             

 1993 William DeLind Galleries, Milwaukee, WI                       1974 Senate Caucus Room, Russel Senate

 1992 Oil Painters of America Exhibitions, Chicago, IL                  Office Building, Washington, DC

                                                                                               1973 Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago, IL




Created series of paintings and limited edition                          Designer of commemorative plate for Limoges,

lithographs for Timely Elegance Gallery and                            France

Runon Corporation in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan

                                                                                                Portrait of Chef Jean Banchet and other works

Series of paintings—Monaco and The Riviera,                        other works depicting gala nights at LeFrancais

An American Viewpoint, Galerie Park Palace,                         restaurant


                                                                                                Produced posters of Chicago Theatre painting

First artist to have a private show in the Senate                       Chicago Landmark Preservation Council to

Caucus Room, Washington, DC                                              help defray legal costs to save the Theatre


Recording artist of the Oglala Sioux Sundance                        Commissioned to paint A Bicentennial History

Ceremony at Pine Ridge, SD.  Commissioned by                    of the United States 1976 by Bicentennial

Dr. James Gillihan, Director of Cultural Preservation                Administration President John Warner


Appointed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to                            Commissioned by Ray Kroch to paint portrait

complete a series of paintings depicting the                               of Lou Brock, baseball player for the St. Louis

Innsbruck and Montreal Games in 1976                                   Cardinals; presented painting during ceremony

(first offical artists of the U.S. Olympics)                                      at game in San Diego stadium



Pat Fitzgerald - Head Coach, Northwestern Football Team        Chicago Mercantile Exchange
William P. Campbell, Curator of American Painting,                 Barbara and Wally Phillips

National Gallery of Art                                                            Bruce Jenner

Colonel Donald Miller, Past President, U.S. Olympic                Paul Newman

Committee                                                                           Joanne Woodward

Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA                                           Burt Reynolds

Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL                                            Jim McKay

Morton’s Steakhouse                                                            Chef Jean Banchet




The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC                            Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL                                        Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC                                   Evansville Museum of Art and Sciences, IN

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL                                         Brigham Young University, UT

W. H. Over Museum, SD                                                         Oakton Community College, IL

Crazy Horse Memorial, SD