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Biography

Neilson Carlin sacred artust


“Every genuine artistic intuition goes beyond what the senses perceive and, reaching beneath reality's surface, strives to interpret its hidden mystery.”

— Blessed Pope John Paul II


When he was a boy, Neilson Carlin wanted to be Catholic priest – a strange desire for one raised as a Protestant. However, adolescence brought the realization that his true calling was his other great love: painting.

Neilson completed his undergraduate training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, receiving a BFA in illustration. He concluded his formal studies privately under figure painter Michael Aviano, a pupil of the legendary instructor and illustrator Frank J. Reilly. Through Aviano, Neilson traces his instructional lineage directly to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of 19th century France.

Neilson specializes in commissioned sacred and devotional art. After years of working in the commercial and gallery art markets, a conversion to Catholicism prompted him to commit his talents and career to serving the Church. He was one of just four artists commissioned to adorn the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI. This 14-month long project culminated in the execution of four, 11’ x 4.5’ multi-figure paintings of Catholic Saints Gianna Molla, Peregrine Laziosi, Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Father Miguel Pro. Other clients include The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, MO, The St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church in Buckingham, PA, Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Normal, IL, and St. Rocco’s Roman Catholic Church in Avondale, PA.

In addition to his commission work, he has taught drawing, painting, and composition for more than fifteen years at Studio Rilievo School of Painting in Kennett Square, PA. Through Studio Rilievo, he is training the next generation of artists in the representational tradition.

His work has been exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, the Arts Club of Washington, the Louise Wells Cameron Museum, The Salmagundi Club and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. In 2003, his painting “Transcendence” was awarded First Place in the Still Life category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 20th Annual National Art Competition. In 2004, his painting “Emergence” received Second Place in the Portrait category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 21st Annual National Art Competition. Both paintings were selected from over 12,000 entries nationwide. His work has been published in the Spring 2006 American Artist Drawing Magazine, Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and How Did you Paint That? :100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals. In 2008, he was the recipient of the First Place award in the Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.

Resume

Education
1996-2001
Private study, Michael Aviano, New York, NY
1988-1992
BFA University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Presidential Scholarship

Solo Exhibitions
2012
Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts-Burlington, NJ,
Disegno
2009
Pierre S. DuPont Center for the Arts-Wilmington, DE,
Mimesis
2006
Brush and Palette-Kennett Square, PA,
Landscapes and Other Things

2005
Hardcastle Gallery-Centreville,DE,
Recent Paintings

2004                                      
McKinney Gallery, West Chester University-West Chester, PA,
Contemplations and Other Work
Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery, Cabrini College-Radnor, PA,
Sermons of the Inanimate
1998
Ironhart Galleries-Greenville, DE,
Recent Paintings
1996
Neumann College-Aston, PA,
Recent Paintings

Group Exhibitions 
2013
St. Vincent Gallery, St. Vincent College– Latrobe, PA,
Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition
2012
St. Vincent Gallery, St. Vincent College– Latrobe, PA,
2x20 – Twenty Regional Artists Everyone Should Know
2008 
St. Vincent Gallery, St. Vincent College– Latrobe, PA, Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition
Sunset Hill Gallery – West Chester, PA,
Two Artists One Palette

2007  
McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD –
Realism: Landscape, Still Lifeand the Figure
2006   
Arnot Art Museum-Elmira, NY,
71st Regional Art Exhibition

Maryland Federation of Art-Annapolis, MD,
Go Figure
2005 
McKinney Gallery, West Chester University-West Chester, PA,
Speaking for Themselves: Artists of Southeastern Pennsylvania
2004 
Garrubo-Bazan Gallery-West Chester, PA,
The Nude
Seraphin Gallery-Philadelphia,PA,
Masters and Mavericks 
New England Realist Art Center-Boston, MA,
First Annual Selected

Figure Drawing Exhibition
State Museum of Pennsylvania-Harrisburg, PA,
Art of the State, 2004 

Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.,
The National Civic Art
Society Invitational Exhibition                   
Garrubo-Bazan Gallery-West Chester, PA,
The Flower Show
2003
Century Gallery-Alexandria, VA,
A Classical Exhibition
Charter Oak Gallery-Fairfield, CT,
Realism Today
State Museum of Pennsylvania-Harrisburg, PA,
Art of the State

Garrubbo-Bazan Gallery-West Chester, PA,
The Flower Show
Philadelphia Sketch Club-Philadelphia, PA,
140th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings

2002  
Louise Wells Cameron Museum-Wilmington, NC,
Art for Humanity

Salmagundi Club-New York, NY,
American Artists Professional
League Annual
Grand National Exhibition

Hardcastle Gallery-Wilmington, DE,
Plein Air

The Salmagundi Club-New York, NY,
Annual Juried Exhibition
State Museum of Pennsylvania-Harrisburg, PA,
Art of the State, 2002

Charter Oak Gallery-Fairfield, CT,
Realism Today
2001   
State Museum of Pennsylvania-Harrisburg, PA,
Art of the State, 2001
National Arts Club Galleries-New York, NY,
Allied Artists of America
Annual Juried Exhibition
Franklin Mint Museum-Franklin Center, PA,
Renaissance of Creativity
Lionheart Gallery-Pound Ridge, NY,
Portraits
McBride Gallery-Annapolis, MD,
Autumn Celebration

2000    
J & W Gallery-New Hope, PA
Seaside Gallery-Nags Head, NC,
2nd International Sacred Art Exhibition
1999   
The Studio Gallery-Alexandria, VA,
Between and Beyond
First USA Riverfront Arts Center-Wilmington, DE,
Artfest
Bianco Gallery-Buckingham, PA,
Biennial Juried Exhibition
Immaculata College-Immaculata, PA,
75th Annual Juried Exhibition

Chester Springs Studio-Chester Springs, PA,
Anniversary Exhibition
Wayne Art Center-Wayne, PA,
Annual Juried Exhibition
MBNA Country Club-Newark, DE,
Friends of Ft. Delaware

Invitational Exhibition
Chester County Art Association-West Chester, PA,
16th Annual Invitational Exhibition
Philadelphia Art Alliance-Philadelphia, PA, 
15th Annual Creative People Art Show

Selected Collections
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI
MBNA America, Newark, DE
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Media PA
Bayard-Taylor Memorial Library, Kennett Square, PA
Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory, Wilmington, DE
Lenfest Communications, West Chester, PA
Meridian Venture Partners, Radnor, PA
Genesis Health Ventures, Kennett Square, PA
Dr. Abdus Salam Jahanara Gramine College,
Chowbury, Bangladesh
Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Thornton, PA
The Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, PA
Edgecraft Corporation, Greenville, DE

Teaching Experience
2013
A.R.T.I.S.T.S. Workshop series, Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts, Burlington, NJ
2008  
Portrait painting workshop, Biggs Museum, Dover, DE
2006 
Artist-in-Residence, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
2005 
Artist-in-Residence, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
2004  
Artist-in-Residence, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
2002  
Artist-in-Residence, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
Portrait drawing workshop-Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, Wilmington, DE
“Introduction to Painting”, beginner oil painting-Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
Portrait painting workshop-Greater Norristown Art League,
Norristown, PA
2000 
Painting from Nature”, landscape painting-Chester Springs
Studio, Chester Springs, PA
Artist-in-Residence-Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA
Portrait demonstration-Greater Norristown Art League,
Norristown, PA
Portrait demonstration-Gloucester County Art League
Mullica Hill, NJ
Portrait demonstration-Artist’s Guild of Delaware County,
Springfield, PA
1999     
Portrait painting workshops-Delaware Foundation for
Youth in Art, Delaware College of Art and Design,
Wilmington, DE
1998   
Portrait painting workshops-The Association of Christian
Schools International, Eastern College, Wayne, PA
1996 
Portrait demonstration- Art League of Delaware County,
Springfield, PA
Art Instructor, grades 9-12-The Christian Academy, Media, PA

Awards
2008     
First Place, St. Vincent Gallery, St. Vincent College -
Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition

2006   
Finalist, Art Renewal Center-
3rd Annual International Salon

2005     
Finalist, Art Renewal Center-
2nd Annual International Salon

2004
Second Place,
The Artist’s Magazine 21st Annual Juried National Competition,

Portrait Category
Honorable Mention,
New England Realist Art Center,
First Annual Selected Figure Drawing Exhibition
Rose Roy Memorial Award, State Museum of Pennsylvania-
Art of the  State, 2004

2003  
First Place,
The Artist’s Magazine 20th Annual Juried National Competition,
Still Life Category
Finalist,
The Artist’s Magazine 20th Annual Juried National Competition,

Portrait Category
2002
Finalist,
The Artist’s Magazine 19th Annual Juried National Competition,

Portrait Category
Finalist,
The Artist’s Magazine 19th Annual Juried National Competition,

Still Life Category
Rose Roy Memorial Award, State Museum of Pennsylvania-
Art of the
State, 2002                                          
2000
Second Place,
Seaside Gallery-2nd International Sacred Art Exhibition