Gregory T Nelson

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Contact Info

104 Art Building
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001

Campuses and Colleges

  • UW-Platteville

Department Info

0104 Art Building
Associate Professor
0104 Art Building
0104 Art Building




Syracuse University: M.A. 1997
 Minneapolis College of Art and Design: B.F.A. 1992
 School of Visual Arts: 1987


Greg received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and his Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University. In addition, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

His professional career includes working in numerous capacities of the graphic design, illustration, and fine art fields. His graphic design career has included stints in printing shops, advertising, design and print management, part of an in-house corporate design team with Aveda Corporation in Minneapolis, owning his own design firm, and most recently: freelance work.

This has provided a vast range of experiences from traditional cut-and-paste production to web design and app development for emerging technologies. His freelance design work includes traditional print, multi-media, app development, and web based projects for both local and national clients. Greg’s design work has won awards from the American Advertising Federation.

His illustration career includes work for national editorial clients as well as having two lines of greeting cards published internationally. Greg has also exhibited and sold his paintings in galleries including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a solo show at the Rocco Buda Gallery.

Teaching Summary

Greg has been teaching since 1997 and has been with UW-Platteville since 2002. His practice has included drawing, photography, illustration, and graphic design.  

Greg currently teaches Graphic Design, Illustration, Introduction to Digital Media, and Art Survey. His philosophy on teaching is to provide a well-rounded experience to all facets of the design profession that will encourage students to become creative problem solvers and to provide them with the skills necessary to succeed.

Philosophy of Design

The graphic design program at UW-Platteville is focused on the art of creative problem solving and how it relates to visual communication. Graphic Design is a dynamic field that demands people who are able to meet creative challenges and to push beyond what is expected. The tools of the trade are only one element in the overall package and you will learn the concepts behind your designs that make these tools work for you. We will prepare you for a lifelong journey of exploration and learning in the visual arts.