NELSIE DAVIS hollow fabricated jewelry



Boston University, 1965-1970 SFAA. BFA Sculpture
Studied Jewelry with Barbro Ulander. Barbro was apprentice to Miya Matsukata of Janye Studios in Boston MA. Matsukata’s work is now represented in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.
METALSMITH VOL 25 # 3, Summer 2005
Ulander studied in Sweden and Germany.
Studied Metalsmithing with Vincent Ferrini.
Ferrini was Professor of Art at Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts and noted Metalsmith in Boston.


1969 Scuplture Award, Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts.
1998 NICHE Awards Finalist
1980 National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsman Fellowship


2002 “Nelsie Davis” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
1999 “Nelsie Davis” TWIST, Portland, OR
1996 “Honor Pain, Embrace Sorrow” TWIST, Portland, OR
1994 “Nelsie Davis” TWIST, Portland, OR
1993 “Nelsie Davis” TWIST, Portland, OR
1984 “Nelsie Davis” Courtyard Gallery, Portland, OR
DATE? “Nelsie Davis” Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR
1982 “Nelsie Davis” Warehouse Gallery, Yakima, WA
1979 “Nelsie Davis” Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1978 “Nelsie Davis” Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
1976 “Nelsie Davis” Anne Hughes, Portland, OR


2007 White Salmon Library, White Salmon, WA
2007 “Trout Lake Art Festival, Trout Lake, WA
2007 “Group Show” Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River,OR
2004 “Group Invitational” Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR
2003 “Craft Bienial” Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
DATE? “Nelsie Davis and Mary Robert” Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
DATE? “18 Women” Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
1999 “Crafts National” Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State U., PA
1998 “Niche Finalists” American Craft, Philadelphia, PA
1997 “NW Art Competition, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham,WA
1996 “Invitational” Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR
1995 Alumni Show” Boston University, Boston, MA
1991 “Invitational”, TWIST, Portland, OR
1989 “Multimedia Invitational” Umpqua Valley Arts, Roseburg, OR
1987 “Collectors” curators Ken Shores and Sue Cooley, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1985 “Invitational” Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1983 “Winners;NEA Fellowship Recipients” Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
“A National Exhibition; 1993 New Works of Boston University Alumni” Boston City Hall, Boston, MA
1982 “Northwest Craft Exhibition” Museum of Science and Industry, Seattle, WA
“Washington Craft Forms, an historical perspective 1950-1980” The State Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA
1981 “Contemporary Metal” curated by Richard Heltzer, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT
“Washington Open” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1978 “Oregon Crafts 78” Bush Barn Gallery, Salem, OR
“Invitational” Columbia Art Gallery” Hood River, OR
1977 “Northwest Crafts ‘77” Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA
1975 “Women Artists” Wentz Gallery;Museum School, Portland, OR


1994 "Nelsie Davis" The Oregonian, April 13, 1994
1987 3934 CORBETT .Fifty Years at Contemporary Crafts, Jane Van Cleve
1984 Ornament, Winter Issue, pg 11, Exhibition News
1981 American Craft, June/July Issue, pg 39, portfolio
1980 American Craft, June/July Issue, pgs 38-51, National Endowment for the Arts- Craftsman Fellowships 1980
1979 Goldsmith’s Journal, Volume IV,no 4, pg 10. Nelsie Davis by Susan Long
American Craft, Oct-Nov. issue, pg66, metal exhibitions


Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, OR
PDX Gallery, Portland, OR
Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR
TWIST, Portland, OR
Anne Hauberg, Seattle, WA
Barbara Street, Lakewood, WA
Joan Shipley, Portland, OR
Dori Schnitzer, Portland, OR
Dori Vollum, Portland, OR
Liz Warren, Portland, OR
Carol Edleman, Portland, OR
Mary Stevenson, White Salmon, WA


2005 Katherine Branson School Reunion, Ross, CA
2003 “Aloha” Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2003 Western Oregon University, Campbell Hall Gallery, Monmouth, OR (video available)
2002 Clatsop Community College, Astoria, WA
2000 Columbia High School, White Salmon, WA
1994 Portland School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
1994 Henkle Middle School, White Salmon, WA
1978 Bush Barn Gallery, Salem, OR


1995-2000 Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, Board of Directors, The Dalles, OR
1977-1981 Contemporary Crafts Association, Board of Directors
1978-1981 Contemporary Crafts Association, Exhibition Committee/Chairman ‘79
American Crafts Council, New York, NY
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, OR
Society of American Goldsmiths



Nelsie lives and works on her property in White Salmon, Washington