Adele Nelson

(this page was last updated in February 2024)

Lives and Works in Austin, United States.
Member of the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee 2022 and 2024

Adele Nelson is Assistant Professor of Art History and Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. Nelson specializes in postwar and contemporary art of Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. She is author of the books: “Forming Abstraction: Art and Institutions in Postwar Brazil” (University of California Press, 2022) and “Jac Leirner in Conversation with Adele Nelson” (Fundación Cisneros, 2011; Cosac Naify, 2013). Her research has been supported by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. In Spring 2015, she was CAPES/Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Artes Visuais. She is currently co-organizing the exhibition “Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil” for the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin to open in September 2022. The project received The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grant.


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