Mary Carroll Nelson

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Title: Artist, Writer
Company: Society of Layerists in Multi-Media
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Mary Carroll Nelson, Artist and Writer at the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Fine Arts.

Ms. Nelson founded the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media in 1982, after 11 years as an author and watercolor artist. She went on to become a leader in the artistic community of the American South and to organize symposiums for artists in the area. In addition, she has lectured on southwest art history. Notably, she is known for her work on the Artists of the Spirit Symposium and symposiums from the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Ms. Nelson is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Born in Bryan, Texas, to James Vincent and Mary Elizabeth Carroll, Ms. Nelson married Edwin Blakely Nelson in 1950, the same year she earned a BA in fine arts from Barnard College in New York, New York. She raised Patricia Ann and Edwin Blakely Jr., returning to academia at the University of New Mexico to earn a MA in art education in 1963. In 1971, she became the author of “Pablita Velarde: The Story of an American Indian”, and followed it with “Michael Naranjo: The Story of an American Indian”, continuing to write a series on different individuals through 1976. She expanded to writing about art in the ’80s, and delved into video editing with “Layering” in 1990. Since then, she has been exhibited all over America, most recently with “MERGE III” in 2016 and “Who is God?” in 2015.

Ms. Nelson earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Masterworks Miniatures, and is the recipient of a 2013 Local Treasure Award from the city of Albuquerque, a 2009 Bardean Award in Miniatures from MasterWorks of New Mexico, and a 2004 Bravos Award for Excellence in the Arts. She was selected as a juror of the 1987 American Artist Golden Anniversary Competition. Today, Ms. Nelson not only produces beautiful art, but has two beautiful grandchildren, Grey Burchfield Parker and Claire Parker Fischer, PhD. She also has two great-grandchildren, Norah and Raleigh.

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