Don Nice

American (1932–2019)

About the artist:

Don Nice was born in Visalia, California in 1932. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of Southern California, Nice earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT. Nice taught at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY for many years. Since 1982, he has been artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Nice lives and works in Garrison, NY. Museums exhibiting Nice's work in their permanent collections include Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Walker Art Center, and Arnhems Museum, Holland. Select solo exhibits presented since 1980 include Peaceable Kingdom, Beasts and Demons, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, Views Over America and A Feast for the Eyes, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY and Animals! Animals! Animals!, Stamford Museum, CT. In 1963, Nice won the Ford Foundation Purchase Award. Noteworthy commissions include the wall murals at National Fine Arts Commission, Lake Placid, NY and the Art in Architecture Project, Veterans Administration, White River Junction, NY. Nice gained recognition as a New Realist painter in the early 1960s. Realistic renderings of packaged and processed items are very large, detailed studies of the optical image. Close-ups of light reflections on plastic wrap or glass reveal a beauty even in commercial objects. His illusionistic still lifes are artificial arrangements of foods and grocery items or synthetic objects such as tennis shoes. Nice's recent work continues the depiction of single items, often combining media and including new subjects. Born on June 26, 1932, in Visalia, California Represented by Babcock Galleries, New York, New York Represented by Pace Prints, New York, New York Member, National Academy of Design, New York, New York Don Nice passed away March 4th, 2019. EDUCATION University of Southern California, 1950 - 1954, BFA Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1962 - 1964, MFA MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas Arnhems Museum, Arnhems, Holland Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho Century Association, New York, New York Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan Gibbs Museum, Charleston, South Carolina Governors Mansion, State of New York, Albany, New York Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Holland Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia Jewish Museum, New York, New York Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens Ohio Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York National Academy Museum, New York, New York National Museum of Art, Canberra, Australia New York Historical Society, New York, New York Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Santa Fe Collage, Santa Fe, New Mexico Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS 2003 Don Nice – “Works on Aluminum – The Babcock Galleries, New York, New York 2001 Don Nice - “Works on Metal”- The Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York 2000 Don Nice - "A River Journey" - The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York 2000 Don Nice - "Earthscape" - Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, Connecticut 1999 Don Nice - "Earthscapes" - Hudson River Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, New York 1998 Don Nice - "Earth Totems"- Babcock Galleries, New York 1996 “Cased Colors,” The Century Association, New York, New York 1996 Don Nice, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia 1994 On Rivers Edge, Hudson River Museum, Yorkers, New York 1992 Hudson River Journey, Albany Institute of Art, Albany, New York 1992 Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho 1991 Don Nice, Images Gallery, Toledo, Ohio 1990 “Don Nice - New Watercolors” Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho 1989 “Recent Paintings,” Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C. “Don Nice: Recent Work, “John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco 1988 “Don Nice - New Work, “Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho 1987 “Don Nice - Lake Placid Center for the Arts, “Lake Placid, New York “Don Nice - Elaine Horwitch Galleries, “Palm Springs, California 1986 “Don Nice: Monotypes,” Pace Editions, New York, New York “Don Nice : New Paintings,” Images Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho “Don Nice: Hudson River Monoprints,” Pelham Art Center Gallery, Pelham, New York 1985 “Don Nice: A Twenty Year Survey,” University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma “Don Nice : A Twenty Year Survey,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri “Don Nice: A Twenty Year Survey,” Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, New York 1984 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1983 “Don Nice: Watercolors, Paintings, Graphics,” Images Gallery, Toledo, Ohio “Watercolor Predellas,” Lincoln Center Art Gallery, New York, New York “Don Nice: Recent Paintings and Watercolors, “ John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California "Don Nice" - Joe Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, California “Don Nice Sketchbooks,” Palm Springs Desert Museum of Art Wing. Palm Springs, California 1983 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1982 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire “Don Nice: Print Retrospective,” Pace Editions, New York, New York University of Michigan, Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1981 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1980 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York Gallery Moos, Toronto, Canada “Peaceable Kingdom/Beasts and Demons,” Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California “Peaceable Kingdom/Beasts and Demons,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware “Peaceable Kingdom/Beasts and Demons,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio 1979 “Peaceable Kingdom/Beasts and Demons,” Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1977 Dorry Gates, Ltd., Kansas City, Missouri Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1975 D M Gallery, London, England Gallery Alexandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York 1974 Arnhems Museum, Arnhems, Holland Rush Rhees Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 1973 Gallery A, Sydney, Australia Gallery Alexandra Money, Brussels 1971 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 1969 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 1967 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 1963 Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, New York GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2003 “Animals,” Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York 2002 “Animal as Metaphor,” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum Idaho “Works on Paper published by Stewart & Stewart,” Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA “Prints,” Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc., New York New York 2001 “National Academy of Design: 176th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York 2000 “Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition Since 1950,” John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida “National Academy of Design: 175th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition Since 1950,” Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa “In the Shadow of the Flag,” Tippy Stern Fine Art,” Charleston, South Carolina Time and Space Limited, Hudson, New York 1999 “Artists: Mentors,” Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc. New York, New York “National Academy of Design: 174th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition Since 1950,” The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma 1998 “The Artist’s Eye,” National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York New York. “Contemporary Selections from The National Academy at Silvermine,” New Haven, Connecticut “National Academy of Design: 173th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Beauty and the Beast,” The Century Association, New York, New York 1997 “National Academy of Design: 172th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York 1996 “Collectors’ Choice,” Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida “Adirondacks: Past and Present,” Gerold Wunderlich & Co., New York, New York “Changing Horizons: Landscape on the Eve of the Millennium,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York 1995 “National Academy of Design: 170th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Tandem Press: Five Years of Collaboration and Experimentation,” Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 1994 Babcock Galleries, New York, New York “Works on Paper: Old Masters to Contemporary,” The New York Avenue Armory, New York, New York “Simply Fish,” The Munson Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida “Flowers in February,” Sherry French Gallery, New York, New York “The Face of America: Contemporary Portraits in Watercolor,” Arts Center Galleries, Old Forge, New York “Tandem Press: Five Years of Collaboration and Experimentation,” Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin. 1993 “National Academy of Design: 168th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Animal Magnetism,” Gallery Three Zero, New York New York “Arts for the Holidays,” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho 1992 “Winter Invitational,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” The Cleveland Museum of Art, Extensions Division, Presented at the Beck Center for the Cultural Arts, Lakewood, Ohio “A Wild Sort of Beauty: Public Places and Private Visions,” The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, Kansas City, Missouri “Forever Wild: The Adirondack Experience,” The New York Historical Society, New York, New York “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, Michigan “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” Midland Center For the Arts, Midland, Michigan “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” Washtenaw Community College Campus Events Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1991 “The Unique Print,” Pace Prints, New York, New York “Large Scale: Works on Paper,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California “National Academy of Design: 166th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “The Art of Advocacy,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan “Collaboration in Print-Stewart & Stewart Prints: 1980-1990,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan “Visions of Nature: Artists and the Environment,” Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, New York 1990 “California A-Z and Return,” The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 1988 “Inaugural Exhibition: American Realism” Rutgers Barclay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico “Realism Today: American Drawings form the Rita Rich Collection,” National Academy of Design, New York, New York “Realism Today: American Drawings form the Rita Rich Collection,” Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, Massachusetts “Realism Today: American Drawings form the Rita Rich Collection,” The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas “Realism Today: American Drawings form the Rita Rich Collection,” The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio 1987 “New Work II,” Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, California “The Call of the Wild: Animal Themes in Contemporary Art,” Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island 1986 “The Art of the Classical Watercolor,” Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York “Watercolor U.S.A. 1986: The Monumental Image,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri 1985 “Past and Present Part II,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York New York “Precious: An American Cottage Industry of the Eighties,” Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York, New York 1984 “New Vistas: Contemporary American Landscapes,” The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York “New Vistas: Contemporary American Landscapes,” Tucson Museum of Art, Tuscan, Arizona “America Seen: Contemporary American Artists View America,” Adams-Middleton Gallery, Dallas, Texas 1983 “Downtown L.A. Between the Freeways,” Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California “Realist Watercolors,” Visual Arts Gallery, Miami, Florida “American Realism 1930/1980’s: A Comparative Perspective,” Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey “Perspectives on Contemporary American Realism: Works of Art on Paper from the Collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois “Summer Group Show,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York New York 1982 “The West as Art,” Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California “The West as Art: Changing Perceptions of Western Art in California Collections,” Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California “Director’s Gallery Glimpse: 1982,” FAMLI, Hempstead, New York “Modern American Art in the Residence of the Ambassador of the United States,” Tegucigalpa, Honduras “Perspectives on Contemporary American Realism: Works of Art on Paper from the Collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1981 “New York Gallery Showcase,” Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma “Animals in the Arsenal,” The Arsenal Gallery, New York, New York “Landscapes in Resent Painting,” Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts “Contemporary Prints from Landfall Press,” Trisolini Gallery of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio “Landfall Press 1970-1980,” 1980 “Still Life Today,” New York, New York “West ’80 Art and the Law,” Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, Minnesota “Watercolor: 1980,” Frumkin & Struve, Chicago, Illinois 1978-1979 “New England Connections: An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts 1979 “ Modern Art in Teledo Collections,” The Teledo Museum of Art, Teledo Ohio “ The Revival of Realism,” Ralph Wilson Gallery, Lehigh University “Animals & Art 1979,” Phillips, New York, New York “The New American Still Life,” The Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania “ Narrative Realism,” The Art Association of Newport, Newport, Rhode Island “Things Seen,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri “Things Seen,” Witchita Art Museum,” Wichita, Kansas “Things Seen,” Union National Bank, Manhattan, Kansas “Things Seen,” Mcllroy Bank and Trust, Fayetteville, Arkansas “Things Seen,” Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma “Things Seen,” Hutchinson Public Library, Hutchinson, Kansas 1978 “Things Seen,” Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Things Seen,” Mulvane Art Center, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas “Things Seen,” Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York “20th Century American Painting,” American Embassy, Moscow “The Great American Foot,” The Museum of Contemporary Crafts of the American Crafts Council, New York, New York “Aspects of Realism,” Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 1977-1978 “Landfall Press: A Survey of Prints (1970-1977),” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Illinois 1977 “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota “ New Realism,” Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin “ Fall 1977: Contemporary Collections,” The Aldrich Museum of Contempory Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut “30 Years of Printmaking,” The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York “Off The Beaten Path,” Art Gallery, Brainerd Hall, Potsdam, New York “ Artists Salute Skowhegan,” Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California “Aspects of Realism,” Mendel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Memorial University, St. Johns Neufundland Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia “Aspects of Realism,” Windson Art Gallery, Ontario Canada “Aspects of Realism,” London Art Gallery, London 1976 “Aspects of Realism,” The Gallery Stratford, Stratford Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Vancouver Centennial Museum, British Columbia, Canada “Aspects of Realism,” Glenbow Alberta Institute, Calgary, Canada “Aspects of Realism from the Nancy Hoffman Gallery,” Art Gallery, O’Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame “Contemporary Images in Watercolor,” Arkon Art Institute, Akron, Ohio “ Watercolor U.S.A.: National Invitational Exhibition,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri “Cows,” Queens Museum, Flushing, New York “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. “Contemporary Images in Watercolor,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana The Gallery of July and August, Woodstock, New York “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut “USA: Contemporary Artists,” Gallery Alenandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium “Inaugural Exhibition: REALISM,” Young Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois “ Private Notations: Artists’ Sketchbooks II,” Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “Contemporary Images in Watercolor,” University of Rochester, Rochester, New York “America 1976: A Bicentennial Exhibition Sponsored by the United Stated Department of the Interior” Fogg Art Museum, Boston, Massachusetts 1975 “1975 Art on Paper,” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina “New Editions,” New York Cultural Center, New York “Collector’s Choice,” Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma Collectors’ Gallery X,” McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas “Contemporary Prints,” Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Michigan “American Realist Watercolors and Drawings,” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York 1974 “Hyperrealisme,” Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels Gallery Alenandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium “Contemporary American Paintings from the Lewis Collection,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware 1972 “American Painting and Sculpture Today,” Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art Cleveland Art Institute of Art, Ohio Hollander’s Workshop, New York 1971 “Still Life Today,” Goddard-Riverside Community Center, New York, New York Finch Gallery, Finch College New York 1970 Reese Paley Gallery, San Francisco E. B. Croker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California 1969 “Birds and Beasts,” Graham Gallery, New York, New York Heron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana “Painting & Sculpture Today! 69, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa Oklahoma 1968 “Ivest Wellington Collection,” Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts “Watercolor,” Rhode Island Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island “Realism Now,” Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York 1967 “Drawings 1967,” Ithaca College Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York 1966 New Arts Gallery, Houston, Texas “Games Without Rules,” Fischback Gallery, New York, New York 1965 “ POP and Circumstance,” Four Seasons, New York, New York “ The Box Show,” Byron Gallery, New York, New York 1964 “Signs of the Times,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts 1963-1964 “Signs of the Times,” Des Moines Art Center, Iowa 1963 “ Mixed Media and Pop Art,” Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York “ Recent Acquisitions,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York “Image-New Real Pop,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts “ The Art of Things,” Jerrold Morris Gallery, Toronto, Canada 1962 “Biennial of Painting and Sculpture,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Ryder Gallery, Los Angeles, California Athena Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut 1961 “The Second Minnesota Biennial,” The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1960 “ 16 Younger Minnesota Artists,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota “First National Bank Exhibition,” First National Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1958 Galleria Dante, Florence, Italy Strozzi Palace, Florence, Italy 1956 The California State Fair and Exposition “California Centennial Exhibition,” San Jose State Collage, San Jose, California. Gumps Gallery, San Francisco 1951 The California State Fair Art Show SPECIAL COMMISSIONS Two wall murals (7’ x 30’ each ) commissioned by the National Fine Arts Committee for the XIII Olympic Winter Games - 1980 Lake Placid, New York Participant, Bicentennial Exhibition, “American 1976”, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the interior. Commission for the Veterans Administration, Art-in Architecture Program, White River Junction, Vermont. Commissioned for the Lincoln Center Posters, “Mostly Mozart Festival”, 1978 Commission for Lincoln Center posters, 18th Annual Holiday Festival, 1988

Don Nice

American (1932–2019)

(4 works)

About the artist:

Don Nice was born in Visalia, California in 1932. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at University of Southern California, Nice earned his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT. Nice taught at the School

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