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of the University of Northern Iowa's art gallery. She liked her old job, but she longed for something more."I was missing the 'community' Prada Sunglasses Price

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Longtime Quincy Art Center executive director to retire Sept

she hasn't pursued much since coming to Quincy two decades ago: making art alongside her husband, John, who is also an artist."I want to paint and do drawings again and maybe even teach," she said.Nelson, who has loved art ever since she was a little girl playing with crayons, had to put her own artistic creativity on the back burner while overseeing the operations of the Quincy Art Center. So she's looking forward to dusting off her brushes and splashing some paint."I hope I can still do it," she said. "It's going to be really fun to walk in here and get in line with other artists for the competitions."As executive director and curator, Nelson has been in charge of a not for profit organization whose missions is "to educate the public by promoting the growth and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions and programs."The art center has long been a cultural centerpiece in town that proudly bills itself as an arts community. The center houses permanent art galleries and traveling exhibits. It also sponsors art competitions, provides lessons to adults and children, and offers a variety of educational and cultural programs aimed at boosting Quincyans' art appreciation and enjoyment.In an interview, Nelson said she has enjoyed her time at the center and is grateful to all the employees, board members and volunteers who have helped make the center a smooth running operation during her tenure."What people see here is the result of a lot of people's eyes and hands and minds," she said. "It's not just one person. You can't do it all by yourself. It takes everybody pulling together, and I really appreciate all that."Nelson, who has worked in the art museum field for about 30 years, came to Quincy in 1994 from Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she was director Prada Cahier Black

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part by being in a university gallery," she said.Since arriving at the Quincy Art Center, Nelson has helped steer the organization through a variety of achievements. For example, the center earned the Prada Iphone 7 Case right to be the permanent home for the Donenberg art collection. It also secured the Jack W. Boge Art Library, which continues to serve as a valuable resource for local artists.In addition, the art center was awarded the Museum Assessment Program and Conservation Assessment Program, which have led to a variety of improvements and efficiency renovations at the center.One of Nelson's favorite advancements at the center involved helping to fill the void created by the elimination of visual arts instruction in kindergartent through third grade in Quincy's public schools a move precipitated by state budget cuts. Since 2007, the center has offered the smART Kids program to provide some limited art instruction to local students.Under the smART Kids program, volunteer mentors go to each elementary school twice a year to oversee hands on art projects. In addition, about 2,200 kids each year take field trips to the art center for tours of the center's galleries, and they complete an art project in the center's professional studios."There is nothing better than seeing children's and adults' eyes light up as they suddenly become excited about what artists or what they, themselves can do with art," Nelson said.As she looks back on her time in Quincy, Nelson said she is especially proud of the development of the "American Masterworks" exhibit and the Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay competition.She also looks back with pride on "the Visitor Welcoming and Accessibility Project and standing back and watching as our educational programming flourished," she said."All of these would not have been as successful without many hands helping and the generous financial support coming from our community."Nelson moved around quite a bit with her family while growing up, but she spent most of her childhood years in the Dekalb area. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from Northern Illinois University, where her father a longtime art professor taught seven of the university level classes she took.Nelson has taught studio art and lecture classes at the college level and held a number of positions in art museums including teacher, administrative assistant and curator of education before she became executive director and curator at the art center.In addition to working in Quincy and Cedar Falls, she also worked previously at the Rockford Art Museum, Freeport Art Museum and Sioux City Art Center.For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy Terms of Service.

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