PAMELA NELSON, FORMER VICE CHAIR OF THE U.S. COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS, APPOINTED ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Dallas, Texas, May 27, 2014
Michael Musarra, General Manager of The Fairmont Dallas is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Pamela Nelson as hotel Artist in Residence. Ms. Nelson has exhibited work in over one-hundred national venues including the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and the National Arts Club in New York City. In 2001, she was appointed to the United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington D.C. by President George W. Bush, a position of honor in which she was elected Vice Chair and served for ten years. Established to support the local arts community, the Artist in Residence program provides regional artists with a private studio space and a solo exhibition in the hotel’s contemporary gallery.
A Dallas native, Ms. Nelson discovered her passion for art at a young age. She attended Southern Methodist University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1974. Ms. Nelson lives in Dallas working with mixed media, painting and public art installations. In 2000, she was honored with the Legend Award by the Dallas Contemporary. Public artworks by Ms. Nelson include “Color Equations,” a color theory installation at North Park Center and a terrazzo floor medallion in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Ms. Nelson’s art is featured in selected collections including the Bush Presidential Center, various U.S. Embassies in Tajikistan, Ivory Coast, Cambodia and Ukraine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“It is certainly a new experience to have a residency in a city hotel located in the heart of Dallas Arts District,” said Ms. Nelson. “I am looking forward to having a concentrated period to work with few distractions. It is a golden opportunity to experiment, and it is very exciting.”
Ms. Nelson will be in-residence from May 2014 through August 31, 2014 with a solo exhibition to follow in September. A collection of her mixed media work is presently on view in the gallery on the hotel’s lobby level. Ms. Nelson will contribute a custom piece to the hotel’s permanent art collection at the conclusion of the residency.
For guests with a passion for culture, the hotel offers a Discover Dallas Art Package which includes tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Center and an ideal location steps from the Dallas Museum of Art, which offers complimentary admission. Rates start from $179 USD per night.
Artist’s Statement – Pamela Nelson
“My hope is to explore photos and clippings from great entertainers that performed in the Venetian Room, which was the place to be in the 1970s in Dallas. The Fairmont Dallas ballrooms have seen every iconic celebration in the city’s history. I will concentrate on small studies using paper collage and historic documents from the hotel’s archives.The collages may be reminiscent, in some ways, of quilts or embroidered textiles.”
Ms. Nelson is represented by Craighead Green Gallery. Throughout her tenure as Artist in Residence, Ms. Nelson will be working in the glass-front studio located on the “O” level of the hotel. Hotel guests and community members are invited to visit during studio hours and by appointment. For more information, please call +1.214.720.5310 or visit fairmont.com/dallas.
ABOUT THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Established in 2010, The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence program features local, regional and national artists who reside in the hotel for three months at a time while working in an onsite studio located on the “O” level in the hotel’s south tower. Artwork created throughout the length of the artist’s stay serves various purposes – some is displayed in public areas of the hotel, others illuminate the hotel’s themed Arts District Suite and a number of select pieces benefit various philanthropic efforts.