Kadir Nelson Eustace Negro, 2014 Oil on Panel 18" x 24"

A Master Class Presentation by Celebrated Illustrator Kadir Nelson

University of the Arts Caplan Theater
211 South Broad Street, Terra Building 17th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of the Arts, through the Edith J. and Roy B. Simpson Master Class Series, is pleased to host celebrated Illustrator Kadir Nelson (b. 1974) in a Master Class presentation on Monday, January 8, 2018. Nelson, who has created artwork for a host of distinguished clients, will speak to his experience in the art of picture making, his illustrative process, and his career highlights to date. The program will take place at University of the Arts, 211 South Broad Street Caplan Theater, Terra Building, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19119.


The Edith J. and Roy B. Simpson Master Class Series is an annual event made possible by the generosity of Edith Simpson and Roy Simpson, noted art collectors, curators and patrons. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Please Register Here.


Kadir Nelson is an American artist who currently exhibits his artwork in galleries and museums nationwide and abroad. His paintings are in the private and public permanent collections of several notable institutions including the Muskegon Museum of Art, The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the International Olympic Committee, and the US House of Representatives.


Nelson has created artwork Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Postal Service, Major League Baseball, and Dreamworks SKG as the lead conceptual artist creating for Steven Spielberg's Oscar® nominated feature film, "Amistad”. In December of 2014, Nelson’s striking painting of the late Nelson Mandela was featured on the cover of the New Yorker magazine. Within months, Nelson was asked by the magazine to create an updated painting of the magazine’s dandy, Eustace Tilley which was featured on the magazine’s 90th anniversary cover in February 2015. He also created artwork for Michael Jackson’s posthumously released album, “Michael,” and recording artist Drake’s, “Nothing Was The Same.”

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