Dale Nichols, American (1904 - 1995)

Dale Nichols

With fond memories of his childhood on the neighborhood farm in Nebraska, Dale Nichols continued to be influenced by his affection for his native Midwest. "Farm life was all I knew for the first 20 years of my life. In painting these canvases, I felt again the vastness of endless skies, experienced again the penetrating cold of Nebraska winters, lived again as farmers live …in spirit, I am very much a farmer," Nichols has said.

Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols became the first Carnegie visiting professor of art at the University of Illinois. Admired for his gentle attention to detail and loving portrayals of rural life, Nichols' work was selected for exhibition at the Century of Progress in Chicago as well as five World's Fairs. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the country as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In September 1939, Nichols' was featured in Time Magazine. Said one Time reviewer in that issue, "Subjects he prefers are the prairie landscapes of his youth, usually snowed under. These famed smooth snow effects Artist Nichols gets by laying on his oils in a thin film with watercolor brushes."

More recently, his art was published on postcards sold by the United States Postal Service in 1995. Three of Nichols' paintings are now listed in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Museum of Nebraska Art features four of his large oil paintings, along with four lithographs, and four sketches.


Arkansas Art Center Foundation Collection, Chicago, Illinois
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, Nebraska
The Dayton Art Institute , Dayton, Ohio
Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Virginia
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Museum of Nebraska Art at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska
Nebraska State Historical Society Museum Collection, Lincoln, Nebraska
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, Kansas
Tucson Museum of Art, Tuscon, Arizona
The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, Arizona
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

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