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On Exhibit: The Four Justices, by Nelson Shanks
National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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The National Portrait Gallery installed a portrait of the first four female Supreme Court Justices, Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor on October 28, 2013.

The 9-foot tall oil painting by Nelson Shanks features the four women in an interior based on the Supreme Court building and will be displayed in the museum for three years. This portrait serves as a tribute to the achievements of these four women—the first to serve on the nation’s highest court.
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Shanks was commissioned to paint this piece by avid art collectors Ian and Annette Cummings. For this portrait, completed in 2012, Shanks rethought the conventional 17th century format for group paintings. His work also appeared at the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery in 2006 where he debuted his portrait of Denyce Graves and President William Clinton, one of his most important works. http://www.npg.si.edu/

The Four Justices by Nelson Shanks

Exhibitions and Events

EXHIBITION: The Paintings of Nelson Shanks
James A. Michener Art Museum – June 8 through September 8, 2013

138 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

The Michener Art Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2013-14 with a yearlong series of
programs, events and celebrations to commemorate this milestone. Included will be an exhibition
of paintings by renowned portraiture artist and educator Nelson Shanks, co-founder of the Studio
Incamminati, a fine arts teaching atelier. www.michenermuseum.org


SOLO EXHIBITION: Shanks at Avery
Avery Galleries – May 17–26, 2013

100 Chetwynd Drive
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Avery Galleries, a New York and Pennsylvania-based gallery specializing in American paintings, watercolors, and drawings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, presents a selection of sixteen paintings, including one of Nelson’s famous full-length portraits of Princess Diana as well as a large newly completed work by the artist titled “Dancer”. www.averygalleries.com
   Viewing hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment


EXHIBITION: Diverse Visions of Reality
Diego Salazar Gallery –April 4 through May 4, 2013

21-25 44th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Artist/actor Federico Castelluccio presents Diverse Visions of Reality, featuring the works of world-renowned artist Nelson Shanks and a group of other top realist painters. The artists, specifically chosen by curator Castelluccio for this event and exhibiting two works each during the show, are Nelson Shanks, Castelluccio himself, Humberto Aquino, Christopher Pugliese, Steven Assael, Mario Robinson, David Brega, Scott Nickerson, Patricia Watwood, Katie O’Hagan and Will Wilson. The exhibit runs in conjunction with the Diego Salazar Gallery’s one-year anniversary, since opening last spring on the main floor of a large artist lofts building in the rapidly burgeoning arts community in Long Island City, NY. For decades, Diego Salazar has been profoundly influential in the fine arts community, as well as instrumental in the careers of some of today's best established and emerging artists, with his new space proving to be pivotal to the neighborhood’s evolving art scene. www.diegosalazargallery.com
   Opening reception: Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
   Viewing hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


SOLO EXHIBITION: Paintings by Nelson Shanks
S.R. Brennen Galleries – January 1 through April 5, 2013

73-375 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Established in California in 1981, The S. R. Brennen Galleries proudly represent some of the finest
artists from around the world offering works that range from traditional Impressionism, Post-
Impressionism and Realism to the more contemporary and provocative. Also included in the impressive
collection is an offering of 19th & early 20th Century American paintings by noted artists whose works
are found in the finest museums in our country. www.srbrennengalleries.com


SOLO EXHIBITION: Nelson Shanks: Portraits and Studio Paintings
Berry-Hill Galleries – November 30, 2011 through May 27, 2013

11 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Berry-Hill Galleries debuted this exhibition of approximately 30 paintings in November 2011.


The 18th Annual Los Angeles Art Show – January 24-27, 2013

Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Exhibitor at the West Coast’s most comprehensive art experience, featuring more than 100 prominent
galleries and drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually. The progressive show style provides two
individual concepts—a Modern & Contemporary show and a Historic & Traditional show—under one roof
and garners the appeal of an expansive international audience.


EXHIBITION: Nelson Shanks and the Artists of Studio Incamminati
The National Arts Club, Grand Gallery – January 3-14, 2013

15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Highlighted by works of Shanks and faculty and alumni of Studio Incamminati, the exhibit exemplified
the advanced level of practice the school endorses and by extension, contributes to the practice of
professional art education. Studio Incamminati, a fine arts teaching atelier, was founded by Nelson
and Leona Shanks as an alternative to the prevailing arts education model favored by college and
university art departments. In 2012, Studio Incamminati celebrated its 10th anniversary. The success
of the school is attributable both to Shanks' overarching artistic guidance and the inspirational
instruction provided by his outstanding faculty of leading figurative realists working within the
colorist tradition. www.nationalartsclub.org


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