Avery Z. Nelson

Avery Z. Nelson ( they / he ) lives and works between NYC and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Lunar Anus at Blade Study, Rachel Uffner ( NYC ) and Nogueras Blanchard ( Barcelona ), with group exhibitions at Para Site ( Hong Kong ), Mrs. Gallery ( Queens ) and JDJ ( NYC ). They were awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Residency in 2019 and an FST Studio Projects Grant in 2021.

  • Education

    • 2009

      M.F.A. in Visual Art

      Columbia University, New York, NY

    • 2006

      B.A. in Art History, Visual Art Concentration, summa cum laude, Department Honors

      Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Solo Exhibitions

    • 2023

      Lunar Anus

      Blade Study, New York, NY

    • 2022

      I don’t want to live in a world without feathers

      Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain

    • Ashes to Ashes

      Rachel Uffner Gallery

    • 2019

      The Measure of a Boi

      Rubber Factory, New York, NY

    • 2018

      8 Body Building

      JDJ |The Ice House, Garrison, N

    • 2017

      Legacy Exhibition Series: New Work by Avery Z. Nelson

      The Lighthouse Works Gallery, Fishers Island, NY

    • 2015


      Cleve Carney Art Gallery, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

    • 2014

      Avery Z. (fka Zoe) Nelson

      Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

    • 2012

      Deep Cuts

      Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

    • 2022

      While we are embattled

      Para Site, Hong Kong

    • 2021

      36 Paintings

      Harper’s Gallery, East Hampton, NY

    • Both And

      Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL

    • Theorem Y

      Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY

    • Family Business

      JDJ | NYC, New York, NY

    • Theorem X

      Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

    • 2019


      Rubber Factory, New York, NY

    • Paint School

      Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

    • Surreality

      Crush Curatorial, New York, NY

    • Drinking the Reflection

      Russo & Lee, Portland, OR

    • 2018

      Now You See It

      1969 Gallery, New York, NY


      Juxtapoz Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

    • New Acquisitions Exhibition

      DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

    • Wish Fulfillment

      SineProjects, Brooklyn, NY

    • Love Letter to Miró

      Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    • Cinnamon

      Produce Model, Chicago, IL

    • 2017

      Summer Skin: Judy Ledgerwood + Zoe Nelson

      Practise, Oak Park, IL

    • From Off to On: Katy Kirbach + Zoe Nelson

      Yellow Door Gallery, Des Moines, IA

    • The Shape of Things

      O’Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

    • Zone of Totality

      Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL

    • Terrain Biennial

      Outdoor Installation in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

    • Simultaneous Contrast

      Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

    • In Between Two Bodies

      South of the Tracks, Chicago, IL

    • 2016

      Never Far Away

      LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL

    • A World Where Flowers Mean Something

      ACRE, Chicago, IL

    • How Much Land

      McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL

    • XYZ

      Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2014

      Rocket Run, Abstraction from Chicago

      Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

    • Yr It: Zoe Nelson, Window Installation

      Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL

    • Information Processors

      Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI

    • Power of 10

      Threewalls, Chicago, IL

    • 2012

      Material Assumptions

      Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL

    • Issuing Forth

      Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago, IL

    • Dear Resonance & the Memory Hole: Bradley Biancardi & Zoe Nelson

      Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL

    • Portrait of a Soul

      Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY

    • Re-turn

      McCagg Gallery, Barnard College, New York, NY

    • 2009


      Horse Trader Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    • MFA Thesis Exhibition

      Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY

  • Selected Fairs

    • 2020

      Dallas Art Fair, JDJ

      The Ice House, Dallas, TX

    • 2018

      Untitled Art Fair

      South of the Tracks Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

    • 2017

      Untitled Art Fair

      South of the Tracks Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

  • Collections

    • Soho House, New York, NY

    • DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

    • Jiménez - Colón Collection, Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Press

    • 2022

      Myriam Erdely, “In the Studio with Avery Z. Nelson,”

      FST Studio Projects

    • 2021

      On the Spot with Avery Z. Nelson

      The Brooklyn Rail

    • Brainard Carey, “Artist Interview: Avery Z. Nelson"

      WYBCX, Yale University Radio

    • Annette LePique, “How to View a Solar Eclipse: Both And at Tiger Strikes Asteroid”

      Sixty Inches from Center

    • 2019

      William Corwin, “Zoe Avery Nelson: The Measure of a Boi"

      The Brooklyn Rail

    • Torey Akers, “Two Shows, One Q: The ‘Un-Body’ with Kristen Sanders and Zoe Avery Nelson"


    • 2018

      Editor’s Pick

      ArtMaze Magazine

    • Christina Nafziger, “Zoe Nelson: The (Im)Possibility of Fully Inhabiting My Own Fluidly Gendered Body”

      ArtMaze Magazine

    • 2017

      Bailee Penski, “Artist Spotlight: Zoe Nelson"

      Chicago Woman Magazine

    • 2016

      Kate Sierzputowski, “Zoe Nelson: The Reverse of the Reverse"


    • Chris Miller, “Maximalist Paintings with Frenetic Color”

      Newcity Art

    • 2015

      Thea Nichols, “Critic’s Pick: Zoe Nelson"


    • Sam Schwindt, “DePaul art professor’s work explores feminist intersectionality"

      The DePaulia

    • Bridget Kingston, "Recto / Verso slices its way into Cleve Carney Art Gallery"

      College of DuPage Courier

    • Matt Morris, “Bonus Holes"

      Catalogue Essay for Recto/Verso Exhibition at Cleve Carney
      Art Gallery

    • Artist of the Week

      LVL3 Media

    • 2014

      Stephanie Cristello, Perpendicular Painting: Zoe Nelson at Western Exhibitions

      New American Paintings

    • Chris Miller, Zoe Nelson/Western Exhibitions

      Newcity Art

    • Kevin Blake, Off the wall, through the surface, and around the painting: A conversation with Zoe Nelson

      Bad at Sports

    • Steven Zevitas, Must-see Painting Shows: Jan. 2014

      Huffington Post

    • Shane McAdams, From the Curb in Milwaukee: Usable

      Bad at Sports

    • 2013

      Eric Crosby, Editors Pick

      New American Paintings: No. 107 Midwest Edition

    • Stephanie Cristello, Bradley Biancardi & Zoe Nelson/Roots & Culture

      Newcity Art

    • 2011

      Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Editor's Pick

      New American Paintings: No. 95 Midwest Edition

    • Balasz Takac, “Painting and Living New Bodies – Zoe Avery Nelson at Rubber Factory"