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William Nichols

Natural Realism

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Born:      April 1, 1942;      Chicago, IL
Resides:  Sarasota, FL
Education:  1968-69   Slade School of Art, University College, London, England; post­graduate work
1968       University of Illinois, Urbana, IL; M.F.A.
1968       Slade School of Art, University College, London, England; Fulbright-Hayes Scholar
1966       School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; B.F.A.
1961-66   University of Chicago (in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions:

2010   Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009   Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
2008   Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007   Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2006   Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2005   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2001   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2000   Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
2000   Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1998   Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1997   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1994   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1991   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1991   Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1989   Michael Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1989   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1986   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1985   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1983   O.K. Harris works of Art, New York, NY
1981   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1979   O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1977   James Yu Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions:

2011       Gallery Collection, Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009       Summer in Wisconsin,  Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009       Group Summer Exhibition,  O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2007-2009   Participating in Art In Embassy Program, United States State Department, Prague, Czechoslovakia
2006     Group Landscape Exhibition,  Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
2003-04   Everything OK at OK Harris, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FL
2002     Contemporary American Landscapes, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2001-02   Rain Forest: Contemporary Paintings by International Artists, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Taipei Gallery, New York, NY;
2001       National Vistas: An Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Arts Midland, Midland, MI
2001       Reflections of the Heartland: Landscape Paintings, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2001       Contemporary American Realism III, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1999   Green Woods & Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; travelling to: Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA; John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art,
Sarasota, FL
1999       Harmon Meeks Gallery, Naples, FL
1998       Contemporary American Landscapes, M.A. Doren Gallery, Tulsa, OK
1997       Christine Adapon Fine Art, Manila, Philippines
1997   Forces of Nature, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
1995       Landscape In Focus, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1994       Collectors’ Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
1994       Contemporary American Realism, Broden Gallery, Madison, WI
1994   Young Guns: East Coast Artists, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV
1993       Nature’s Territories /Landscape Paintings, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1992   What’s New, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1992   A View From Here: Heartland Landscape Painters, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
1990       Contemporary Landscapes, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1988   100 Years of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee,WI
1988   After The Drought, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1988       Contemporary Realism, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1988       Consonance, Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
1988   Tortue is O.K., Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1988       American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors: The Glenn C. Janss Collection,      Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
1988       Realisms, Fine Arts Galleries, UNM Art Museum, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1987   The Hot Centre: Contemporary Art Selected By Ivan Karp,      Norton Center for the Arts,
Centre College, Danville, KY
1987   Fifty-First National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Op
1987       Director’s Choice, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
1987   Lower Manhattan Revisited: SoHo NoHo. and Tribeca, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, VA
1887       Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, The Butler Institute of American Art,
      Youngstown, OH
1985-87 American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Glenn C. Janss
      Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; travelling exhibition
1985       Realism: Contemporary Americans, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX
1985       Midwest Realists, Paine Art Center & Arboretum, Oshkosh, WI
1985   Artists of O.K. Harris, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1985   Focus on Realism: Selections from the Collection of Glenn C. Janss, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1984-85 New Realism, Robert I. Kidd Galleries, Birmingham, MI
1984       Wisconsin Directions 4, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1984       American Landscape Painting, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1984       Aspects of Contemporary American Realism, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1984       Summer Remembered, E.R. Squibb & Sons, Princeton, NJ
1982   Royal Palm Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1983       Landscape, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
1982       Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
1982       Painterly Realism, Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, WI
1981-82 Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA; travelling to: Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Salas de
    Exposciones, Madrid, Spain; Kunsthalle, Nurenberg, West Germany
1981       Contemporary American Landscapes, Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1980   An American Flower Show,      Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, MA
1980       Watercolors:1980, Frumkin & Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL
1979   Photo Realism, Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1977   James Yu Gallery, New York, NY
1975   Three Man Show, Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL
1974   Deson Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL
1974       Midwest Invitational Painting Show, Chicago, IL

Bibliography: Books/Catalogues

New York, Of Course,  Ralph Hermanns, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007
Rain Forest: Contemporary Paintings by International Artists, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Taipei Gallery, New York, NY; Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV; Foreword: Tchen, Yu-chiou, 2001.
Green Woods & Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; John Arthur, 1999.
The Artist and the American Landscape, Text: John Driscoll, Picture Editor: Arnold Skolnick, First Glance Books, Cobb, CA, 1998.
Forces Of Nature, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY; Introduction:Ronny Cohen, 1997
A View From Here: Heartland Landscape Painters, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL;
Curator’s Statement: Harold Gregor, 1992.
Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting and The American Tradition, John Arthur, 1989.
Realisms, Fine Arts Galleries, UWM Art Museum, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI;
Introduction: John N. Colt, 1988.
Fifty-First National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Op, 1987
Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Introduction: Louis Zona, 1987.
American Realism: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Glenn C. Janss Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Text: Alvin Martin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Harry N. Abrams Publishers, New York, 1985.
American Landscape Painting, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA;
Essay:  Mac McCloud, 1984.
Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, Frank Goodyear, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1981.
An American Flower Show, J. Frederick Cain, Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, MA, 1980.
Watercolors 1980, Frumkin & Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL; 1980.


Bibliography:      Periodicals

Milwaukee Magazine,  “Magnificent Obsession”, January 2006
American Arts Quarterly, “Exhibition Review”, Summer 2005
Arts Magazine, “William A. Nichols”, Catherine Lamagna, September 1979.
Art International, “Reviews”, Carter Ratcliff, May/June 1977.

Bibliography:      Newspapers

The Capital Times, (Madison, WI), “This art’s for real, and easy for the eye”, Kevin Lynch, April 28, 1994.
The News and Daily Advance,  (Lynchburg, VA) “Contemporary art focus of R-MWC’s annual show”,
March 15, 1987.
Detroit News, “New Realism wins with it’s eye appeal”, Joy Halkanson Colby, December 23, 1984, p.4E.
Art/World, “SoHo and The Realist Revolution”, Nike Hale, May/June 18, 1979.
SoHo Weekly News, “Reviews”, John Perreault, September 25, 1975.

Selected Collections:

Museum of New Art, Pontiac, MI
Rahr West Museum, Manitowoc, WI
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY
Chase Manhattan Corporation, New York, NY
Amerada Hess Corporation, Woodbridge, NJ
Enpro International, New York, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Security Pacific National Bank, Irwin, CA
Fukuoka Sogo Bank, Ltd., Fukuoka, Japan and New York, NY
Arbor Drugs, Troy, MI
E. Jean Belloni, Geneva, Switzerland
Alfred Taubman, Troy, MI
Saul Steinberg, New York, NY
Glenn Janss, Sun Valley, ID

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