Rob Neilson

Rob Neilson is the Frederick R. Layton Professor of Art and Associate Professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Detroit, he received a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Rob has exhibited his sculpture and drawings at galleries, museums, and alternative spaces nationally and internationally.

Neilson has created public art commissions throughout the United States, including projects in California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington.

In 2006 Rob was Artist in Residence at the Kohler Arts/Industry program and has been a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Virginia Tech University, Longwood University (Virginia), Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), Millikin University (Illinois), and California State University.

Rob Neilson is represented by the Frank Juarez Gallery in Milwaukee.

Rootin’ Tootin’ Putin MDF and milk paint 17” x 15 x 10” 2016
UnboundednessSteel, paint, 120” x 60” x 20”, Long Beach, CA, 2014
Fruits of Labor, Carbon reinforced plastic, steel, 168” x 108” x 96”, Los Angeles, CA, 2003

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  1. […] Rob Neilson is presently at work on a series of bronze castings based on images of people that are in some way important to him or to the larger context of our society but with a personal context for him. Neilson works in wax to create molds and then hands off these molds to a former student who works at a foundry and is able to cast them in bronze for him. Most of the pieces are busts, some are torsos. Subjects include Nixon, Chairman Mao, JFK, Putin and Neilson’s own great-great grandfather – a speculative piece based on what intervening generations look like. To hear more about what Rob Neilson is up to at the moment and his past work including Fruits of Labor (pictured above), listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Rob Neilson is presently at work on a series of bronze castings based on images of people that are in some way important to him or to the larger context of our society but with a personal context for him. Neilson works in wax to create molds and then hands off these molds to a former student who works at a foundry and is able to cast them in bronze for him. Most of the pieces are busts, some are torsos. Subjects include Nixon, Chairman Mao, JFK, Putin and Neilson’s own great-great grandfather – a speculative piece based on what intervening generations look like. To hear more about what Rob Neilson is up to at the moment and his past work including Fruits of Labor (pictured above), listen to the complete interview. […]