Chad Nelson is a printmaker and art educator from the Sioux Falls area. He works as an art teacher at Brandon Valley High School and as an artist in residence at the Augustana College Printmaking Dept. Nelson’s roots in fine art and craft run deep; his father studied art in college and is an accomplished woodworker and his mother works in needle point, quilting, and sewing. Woodworking, in particular, goes back many generations in his family. Throughout Nelson’s childhood he spent many hours drawing and creating things with Legos and wood.
Nelson Graduated from Augustana University with a Degree in Preprofessional Art and Art Education. He has completed post graduate work at Augustana University, Carlton College, the University of South Dakota, Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, and the University of Sioux Falls. Nelson has also studied printmaking at the Frogman’s Press workshops on the USD campus in Vermillion. At Frogman’s, Nelson has studied with some of America’s top printmakers, including Tom Huck, Bill Fick, Art Werger, Tom Christianson, Oscar Gillespie, Brett Anderson and Deborah Mae Broad.
His work has been featured in several national and international contemporary printmaking show and portfolio exchanges.