Excited to be included in Warbling Collective’s first online exhibition. This show presents 27 works by 12 international artists! (Best viewed full screen on a desktop or horizontally on your phone.) Interviews of the artist are also featured on their site. Links below!


Christy’s Interview


JOIN us for the Opening Reception

August 10th 6-9PM

RedLine Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205




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144 S. MASON ST. | FORT COLLINS, CO 80524 #christynelsonartdotcom





April 26th, 5:00-7:00, MFA Thesis Exhibition opening!

The gregory allicar museum of art
1400 Remington Street
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Three years of hard work summed up in just 3 of my recent pieces on display. Click here for more information.


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Directions Gallery
Fort Collins, Colorado

March 12th: Opening Reception 5pm - 7pm.


Mauro Giaconi (b. 1977, Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in Mexico City, Mexico)  El Atlas de Nuestro Tiempo  (The Atlas of Our Time), 2013 Graphite and eraser on atlas pages Each page: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches SYZYGY Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

Mauro Giaconi (b. 1977, Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives in Mexico City, Mexico)
El Atlas de Nuestro Tiempo (The Atlas of Our Time), 2013
Graphite and eraser on atlas pages
Each page: 15 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches
SYZYGY Collection of JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey

Over the past two semesters I have been privileged to work as part of a CSU Art Department graduate student curatorial team. Today is the day all our work comes to fruition! Check it out: SPATIAL FLUX: Contemporary Drawings from the JoAnn Gonzalez Hickey Collection, May 29 - Sept 22, 2018. In this process, we looked through the extensive SYZYGY (syzygy-nyc.org) collection and selected our individual favorites! While there was overlap, it was fun to see the works I personally chose in the show today! Once the show catalog goes online I will provide links here of those particular ones, and a link to the essay my team wrote. I am taking a curation class this coming fall and hope to do more of this exciting work in the future!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! For your viewing pleasure, I have several current and upcoming shows! Currently in the Directions Gallery at Colorado State University: (de)composition. This is a group show with fellow graduate students Melissa Laugen and Carrie Miller. They are bad asses. Also upcoming is the Mississippi State University Department of Art 50th Anniversary Alumni Show! Juror Wesley Stuckey selected my piece Metamorphosis Poem. My friend Kathryn Wiggins is also represented in this show, and I cannot wait to see the rest of the work and find out who else will be there!! I will be at the opening reception April 19th, and am looking forward to enjoying Super Bulldog Weekend! 

Feb. 1–April 21 Opening Reception: April 19 Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery

Feb. 1–April 21
Opening Reception: April 19
Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery

Also opening February 1st is a graduate student showcase at the Artery here in Fort Collins. More details to follow on this one!


Fun news! I won the graduate level Juror’s Award for Excellence in the Student Show! The juror this year was Dr. Lynn Boland, director and head curator of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.

Read more about the show here! To learn about my pieces that won open my SKIN show under the WORK tab in my navigation bar!  I will also share a little of the unpublished excerpt from my interview with the paper: 

My three pieces in the show are just 6” x 6” each, and I thought because of their diminutive scale they would easily be overlooked. I really appreciate that their voices were heard because in a lot of ways that is what they are about. As a women, I am aware of what it is to be marginalized and treated as an inferior. However, I understand that the way I am treated is the tip of the iceberg for how people of color are treated. These art pieces are my visual question of ‘how can I help add back the safety and value to other people’s lives that should never have been taken away from them.’ I try to think of small ways to make changes, but the best way I know is starting the conversations and being willing to listen to the voices that have grown tired of shouting and being ignored. It’s not enough, but besides voting for people with a heart for justice, I don’t know where else to start. These pieces are my way of asking what can I do?


I was awarded 2nd place at the 12x12 Exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center! So that is fun! And 3 pieces were accepted to the annual Student Art Exhibition in the Curfman Gallery in the LSC. That opening reception is Tuesday, November 14th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and it will be exhibited until Friday, February 2nd. 


Currently exhibited in the Morgan Library at Colorado State University and TOMORROW two group shows open!!

12×12. National Juried Exhibition


October 27 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm. This juried exhibition celebrates contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. Works on 12″ x 12″ paper include drawing, painting on paper, hand-pulled prints, photography, digital pieces displayed as prints, photographic prints.  Selected works will be hung with magnets.

Metamorphosis National Juried Show

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National Juried Show: 41 pieces by 39 artists from 17 states were selected from 424 entries.
Juried by Bobbi Walker | Walker Gallery 

Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 6 - 9 PM, awarding Best of Show and Honorable Mentions

First Friday Artwalk, November 3rd, 5 - 9 pm

Annex@Core New Art Space Gallery                                       
900 Santa Fe Dr, Denver CO 80204

Gallery hours:  Thurs 12 - 6 pm | Fri 12 - 9 pm | Sat 12 - 6 PM | Sun 1 - 4 PM

Click here to see my included pieces!


Currently thinking and researching art that deals with healing and has a delicate/fragile (or perhaps a different word I haven't figured out yet) aesthetic. Louise Bourgeois's fabric pieces are one example: ‘I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole’.


Show updates! SHED is currently up in the Glass Box Gallery in the CSU Art Department until June 28th, open weekdays from 9:00am-4:30pm! If you can't make that come out to a group opening with two of my grad school classmates! It just so happens to be a first Friday that is also my birthday!



http://lsc.colostate.edu/events/2017-student-art-exhibition/  Come out April 11th for the Colorado State University student show and see some of my work!


Just a blurb about an upcoming opening for a group show I am in: https://www.adams.edu/news/jan1709.php.


Two artist that I have been soaking in (from the screen--though real life would be more fun): Sharon Etgar and Matthew Craig.

Sharon Etgar

Sharon Etgar

Sharon Etgar

Sharon Etgar

Matthew Craig

Matthew Craig

Matthew Craig

Matthew Craig



For one of my graduate courses, I recently gave a presentation on Linda Stillman. I am particularly a fan of her color palette that is developed from fallen petals. Here is a small sampling of my personal favorites of her work. (All images in this post are made by Linda Stillman).



Linda has an eclectic body of work, but I am most drawn to her flower petal as medium pieces. To establish the construct of time in her works she mixes a colorfast version of the flower's hue in paint and uses it to mark the original color before entropy alters the petal's pigments and causes them to slowly fade in to nothing but a memory.


I know I am late to the party but OMG: CONRAD JON GODLY! My obsession with thick chunky oils and my need for snow peaked mountains have been married and I could not love it more. I first spotted him yesterday via The Jealous Curator and y'all, I think my heart skipped several beats. I have been shamelessly googling him, basically nonstop, ever since. 



Quotes for thought:

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

“People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night. But safety – like light – is a façade.”
C.J. Roberts, Captive in the Dark

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”

“When you pay for security, it seems like you’re paying for nothing—and that’s the point. You’re paying so nothing happens. Safety is the absence of something.”
 – Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom

“We believed we were safe. That was the big fantasy.”
John Marsden, Tomorrow, When the War Began

“What is life but God's daring invitation to a remarkable journey? And what is human nature but a staunchly inbred tendency toward self-preservation? And because of the rigidly paradoxical nature of these things, the road of life is seldom trod beyond a few scant steps.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

“Is safety the ‘dream’ that will kill all of my other ‘dreams?’ For the truth is, no ‘real’ dream is safe.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

“What do you resist examining up close?
How can you ground yourself so you feel safe enough to try?”
Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road



Ode to Things - Pablo Neruda (copyright 1961)

I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, or course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
small –
and flower vases.

Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!
It’s full of pipes
through tobacco smoke,
and keys
and salt shakers –
I mean,
that is made
by the hand of man, every little thing:
shapely shoes,
and fabric,
and each new
bloodless birth
of gold,
carpenter’s nails,
clocks, compasses,
coins, and the so-soft
softness of chairs.

Mankind has
oh so many
Built them of wool
and of wood,
of glass and
of rope:
ships, and stairways.

I love
not because they are
or sweet-smelling
but because,
I don’t know,
this ocean is yours,
and mine;
these buttons
and wheels
and little
fans upon
whose feathers
love has scattered
its blossoms,
glasses, knives and
scissors –
all bear
the trace
of someone’s fingers
on their handle or surface,
the trace of a distant hand
in the depths of forgetfulness.

I pause in houses,
streets and
touching things,
identifying objects
that I secretly covet;
this one because it rings,
that one because
it’s as soft
as the softness of a woman’s hip,
that one there for its deep-sea color,
and that one for its velvet feel.

O irrevocable
of things:
no one can say
that I loved
or the plants of the jungle and the field,
that I loved
those things that leap and climb, desire, and survive.
It’s not true:
many things conspired
to tell me the whole story.
Not only did they touch me,
or my hand touched them:
they were
so close
that they were a part
of my being,
they were so alive with me
that they lived half my life
and will die half my death.

Funny, how at Christmas we think so much about things--and sad, how much we want them to fill us. I completely agree with Pablo Neruda--I feel the same way about things. They bring so much comfort and so much security--or the feelings of those concepts being tangible.



Eliot Porter and Light Quality

I love the sense of peace and stillness (even in pictures full of motion like his birds) Eliot Porter captures with his desaturated and ethereal quality of light. (All images in this post are taken by Eliot Porter.)



I recently came across an old blog where I had made the following post roughly two years ago:

"I have had a day job in a financial planning office for the last 3 years. That means that for the last 2 years and 10 months I have been hoarding security envelopes. I was drawn initially to the simple beauty of repetition, but as I have recently walked further on the road of looking at the wounds in my past, their ability to embrace the theme of safety and security, finally produced a purpose for them in my art. Once I knew how they were to thematically function for me I began to research a little and came across Elizabeth Duffy. I simply loved her playful yet dedicated and utterly repetitious use of the envelope linings. Images below are from http://www.elizabethduffy.net

At this same time I was processing the sale of my childhood safe place: my grandparent's farm. I received a quilt in the mail from their home, and instantly knew that I wanted to marry the thematic element of the envelope linings to the motif of quilts. I was so excited, and then utterly irate when my initial research for this my precious and burgeoning concept revealed Stephen Sollins. While I instantly loved the pieces, I couldn't help but also hate them--for not being all mine. They carried so much of my intention that it was absolutely crushing. However, I was eventually able to revive my spirits and motivation by the simple truth that his ending was my beginning and even though there was major overlap in content, his reasons of making were different than mine.  We were two different people, so obviously once I had developed my work, it would take on enough of my being to differentiate itself. All Images below from http://stephensollins.com

I find the internet amazing and debilitating at times. I wonder how my body of work "Safe" would have looked differently if I hadn't been so influenced by seeing my idea worked out in a finished product by someone else before I even cut my first shape."

And as an update, now in 2015, some of Elizabeth Duffy's work from this year has also incorporated more of a quilting component as well.  All images below from http://www.elizabethduffy.net