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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/Illinois      Known for: mod realism botanic painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter and educator, William Allyn Nichols became a painter of close up views of botanical plants in landscape.  From 1970, he was a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Nichols studied at the Art Institute of Chicago*, earning a BFA in painting and drawing in 1966.  In 1968, he earned an MFA degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana.  He also studied at the Slade School of Art* in London and had a Fulbright Grant from 1968 to 1969.

Exhibition venues include the Taft Museum in Cincinnati; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and the Springfield Museum in Missouri.

Who's Who in American Art, 20th Edition, 1993-1994

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Biography from Thomas Paul Fine Art:
Born: 1942, Chicago, IL

Education: 1968-69 Slade School of Art, University Collage, London England; postgraduate work

1968 University of Illinois, Urbana, IL; M.F.A.

1968 Slade School of Art, University Collage, London England; Fulbright-Hayes Scholar

1966 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; B.F.A.

1961-66 University of Chicago (in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Chicago, IL

Bibliography: Books/Catalogues

New Art In An Old City: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection, New Orleans, LA; Text: David S. Rubin, 2005

Rain Forest: Contemporary Paintings by International Artists, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Taipei Gallery, New York, NY; Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV; Foreword: Tchen, Yu-chiou, 2001.

Green Woods & Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; John Arthur, 1999.

The Artist and the American Landscape, Text: John Driscoll, Picture Editor: Arnold Skolnick, First Glance Books, Cobb, CA, 1998.

Forces Of Nature, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY; Introduction:Ronny Cohen, 1997
A View From Here: Heartland Landscape Painters, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL; Curator's Statement: Harold Gregor, 1992.

Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting and The American Tradition, John Arthur, Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, MA, 1989.

Realisms, Fine Arts Galleries, UWM Art Museum, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Introduction: John N. Colt, 1988.

Fifty-First National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Op, 1987

Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Introduction: Louis Zona, 1987.

American Realism: Twentieth-Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Glenn C. Janss Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Text: Alvin Martin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Harry N. Abrams Publishers, New York, 1985.

American Landscape Painting, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA; Essay: Mac McCloud, 1984.

Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, Frank Goodyear, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1981.

An American Flower Show, J. Frederick Cain, Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, MA, 1980.

Watercolors 1980, Frumkin & Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL; 1980.

Bibliography: Periodicals

American Arts Quarterly, "Exhibitions: William Nichols", Summer 2005, p.59-61.
Arts Magazine, "William A. Nichols", Catherine Lamagna, September 1979.
Art International, "Reviews", Carter Ratcliff, May/June 1977.

Selected Collections:

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Security Pacific National Bank, Irwin, CA
Fukuoka Sogo Bank, Ltd., Fukuoka, Japan and New York, NY

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