Caroline Voagen Nelson is a New York-based artist and curator working in digital photomontage, installation, and experimental animation. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and printed in publications nationally and internationally, most recently at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. An editorial photographer for over ten years, she uses her photographic training to create cinematic stop motion films. Nelson's practice has evolved from deconstructing environments, history, and folklore in photomontage to creating narratives in animation. In collaging environments, she researches historical archives to create landscapes inspired by the past and spaces in transition. She received her undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently received her masters in Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.
Caroline Voagen Nelson
Lives and works in New York City.
2017 MFA with distinction in Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Design & Technology Master’s Program, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
2007 BFA Studio Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2003 University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
2017 Best of DDA Film Screening, Alamo Drafthouse, NY, NY
2016 TRANSFORMATIONS, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY, NY
Projected Anatomy, DDA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
View From Above, Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Interlaced, DDA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Land__Slide, Civic Art Lab, Brooklyn, NY
2014 World Maker Faire, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY
Castellers Stone, Jiwar, Barcelona, Spain [SOLO]
UNICEF’s Next Generation Photo Benefit, Aperture Gallery, NY, NY
I/O Lomography, Lomography Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Rising Waters 2.0, Museum of the City of New York, NY, NY
World Maker Faire, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY
2012 reConstructed, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NY [SOLO]
Black Out New York, Loom Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
America Without Borders, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Land Reconstructed, El Chancho Seis, Santiago, Chile
2008 The Upset, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
Grounded, Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Among the Ruins, Space 301, Mobile, AL
2007 Spaces Into Places, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL
BFA Thesis Show, G2, Chicago, IL
2006 Landscape, The Gallery at the Burren School of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Women Photography Show, Dreambox Foto Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005-07 Nippon Steel USA Exhibition, Nippon Steel USA, Chicago, IL
2004 Art Bash, G2, Chicago, IL
2016 Directed by Women Film Festival, screening FAKELORE film (in collab with Nyahzul and Palu Abadia), NY, NY
2015 Synced: Under The Viaduct, In collab with Dianne Smith & West Harlem Arts Fund, NY, NY
2014 FAKELORE, month-long exhibition collab, Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Cinema Club screening (Novaluz Collective video Velero), Nitehawk Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Manna, Theater Collab, Around the Coyote Fall Fest, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL
2016 Projected Anatomy, co-curated with Leah Roh, DDA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
View From Above, Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 GSEF Grant, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
LISA: Leaders in Software and Art, (artist’s lecture), NY, NY
Excellence in Academic Achievement Award, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Best Editing and Technical Effects Award, Best of DDA, Alamo Drafthouse, NY, NY
2015 Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2015-17)
2014 Brooklyn Arts Council CAF Grant, Brooklyn, NY
Artist-In-Residence, JIWAR, Barcelona, Spain
Editor’s Choice Award, World Maker Faire, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY
Merit Scholarship, Parsons School of Design, New School, NY, NY
2007 Endsley Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Nippon Steel USA Presidential Award, (2003-07)
Academic Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, (2003-07)
Kanchalee Wijakpaisarn, Interview about work with collaborator Christina Lafontaine,
It’s A Girl Project documentary, Directed by Women, NY, NY, May - September 2016.
“Fakelore: fábulas y leyendas contadas con lenguaje actual,” Vice Versa, NY, NY.
Paula Solanas, “Els CVG, sota la lent de l’objectiu,” l’Independent, Barcelona, Spain, July 4, 2014. 13.
Shannon Fitzgerald, “Subtle warning: Photo-based Work Assembled for Essential Cause”,
Review Magazine, Kansas City, May 2008.
Thomas B. Harrison, “Off Centre exhibit lets visitors re-imagine urban decay through the eyes of
artists”, Press-Register, Mobile, AL. March 30th, 2008.
Among the Ruins: Re-Imagining Architectural Decay space 301 exhibition catalogue
Philip Berger, “Spaces Into Places Review” by Philip Berger, Time Out Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007.
Garin Pirnia, “Space Into Places Review” by, New City Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2017 Teaching Artist, Hot Head Studios, NY, NY
2015 Teaching Artist at The Good School/Metropolitan Museum of Art animation camp, NY, NY
2013 Teaching Artist for Camera Obscura class, Lower East Side Girls Club, NY, NY
2008-12 Photo Editor (Roles: Online, Associate, Asst), Time Out New York Magazine, NY, NY
2008-10 Teaching Assistant, International Center of Photography, New York, NY