Pamela Nelson is an artist living in Dallas, working in painting, mixed media, and public art installations.  Pamela has exhibited in over 100 national venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Beaumont Museum of Art, Texas, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and the National Arts Club in New York City.

Public artworks by Nelson include designing four Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail stations, designing 24 stained glass windows for a Richardson church, creating a terrazzo floor medallion at DFW Airport, and installing a color theory project at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Pamela has been an instructor for Dallas County Community Colleges, the Arlington Museum of Art, the Gateway Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Stewpot Open Art Program for the homeless in Dallas.  She received her BFA in 1974 from Southern Methodist University.

Active in many community art organizations, Pamela has served on the boards of EASL, the Emergency Artists Support League, that provides funds for economic or medical crises, and the MAC, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, an alternative exhibition and performing arts space.  She served for ten years as Vice Chair of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington DC, a monthly review panel for public art and architecture in Washington; appointed by President G. W. Bush in 2001.

She was honored with the Legend Award in 2000 by the Dallas Contemporary, an alternative art venue in Dallas.  Nelson’s work in included in U.S. Embassies in the Ivory Coast and Tajikistan, at the El Paso Museum of Art, the corporate collections at MTV in New York, U. S. Trust in New York, and the A.H. Belo collection in Dallas.

Gallery representation is Craighead Green Gallery. Dallas.



2014 Pink Bazaar, Craighead Green Gallery
2013 TEDxSMU Talk
2013 Psalms, Museum of Biblical Art
2013 Archives acquired by Dallas Museum of Art- read more
2013 Cafe 43, Bush Presidential Center
2011 World Without End, Midland Art Museum, Midland, TX
2007 Color Equations, North Park Center, Dallas TX
2006-Present HondurasThreads, embroidery co-ops, designer, Dallas, TX
2006 Presbyterian Hospital Chapel, Dallas, TX
2006 Patterns of Soul, The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
2006 Double Take, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005 Stained glass windows, First United Methodist Church of Richardson, TX
Schaefer Landing Residential project, floor and wall mosaics, Brooklyn, New York
Floor Medallion, Terminal D, DFW Airport, Irving, TX
2004 DART Light Rail Station (American Airlines Center Victory Station), Dallas, TX
2003 Window installation, Barneys/New York City, Simon Doonan, creative director
2002 Tapestry: Pamela Nelson, National Arts Club, New York
2001-2011 Presidential Appointee, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, elected vice chair,
Washington, D.C.
2000 Patterns: A Mid-Career Survey of the Work of Pamela Nelson, Dallas Visual Art Center (catalog), Dallas, TX
1996 DART Light Rail Stations (Dallas Zoo, Lovers Lane, Mockingbird)
1995 Commission for KERA-TV to honor Julia Childs, Dallas, TX
1994-2008 Director, Open Art Project, Stewpot Shelter, Dallas, TX
1993 La Pausita, Installation, Artisana Gallery, Dallas, TX
1987 Faux Feast, Peregrine Gallery at the Crescent, Dallas, TX


A. H. Belo Corporation, Dallas, TX
Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX
Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin TX
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
U.S. Embassies in Tangikistan, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Ukraine




1926 brick building located in downtown Dallas with 3000 sq ft studio. Studio space has glass bricks on two
walls, with changing light all day.



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