About Peter

Peter Bonde Becker Nelson (b. 1981) grew up in Annandale, Minnesota. He earned a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College in 2004 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington in 2010. Peter taught photography, video, and new media for three years at St. Lawrence University (2010-2013). He is now an Assistant Professor of New Media in the Department of Art & Art History at St. Olaf College.

Nelson has exhibited at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT; The College Art Association Conference, New York, NY; Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; and the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China. Nelson was the recipient of the Graduating with Excellence Award from the University of Washington School of Art in 2010 and has received grants including the 4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant (Seattle, WA) the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and faculty development grants at St. Lawrence University and St. Olaf College. His work has been reviewed in national and international publications.

Examining themes of gender, aging, class, and identity, Nelson records and interprets the personal narratives of his friends, family, and self. As one reviewer recently wrote, “His work delves into the nuances of human connection — love, friendship, intimacy, frustration and loss.” 

In addition to art, Peter sings and plays the mandolin with the indie-folk duo Jayber Crow.


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