Nellie Appleby       

Born in 1973 in the mountains of Virginia, childhood in Africa, educated in Virginia and developed in NYC. Lives and works in Key West, Florida.


2007 MFA, Photography, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1997 BA, Anthropology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA



Artist in Residence at the inaugural Sedona Summer Art Colony by invitation

Anne Mckee Artist Fund Grant to publish book of my plant works


Doppelgänging, curated by Brett Windham and George Terry, Rutter Family Foundation, Norfolk, VA

Finalist for The Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Summer Residency, Paris, France

Professor of Photography, Florida Keys Community College, Key West, FL 2011-2015


On Location: Dimensions Variable, ArtCenter, Miami Beach, FL

Languages on Earth, Residencia En La Tierra, Filandia, Quindio, Colombia

Artist in Residence at Residencia En La Tierra, Quindio, Colombia


Forget Me Not, The Deering Estate, Miami, FL

Natural Seduction, solo, at Key West Pottery, Key West, FL

Florida Keys Community College Faculty Art Exhibit, FKCC, Key West, FL

Kindred Spirits – with Marlene Koenig, The Studios of Key West, Key West, FL

Sculpture Magazine, Downtown Miami by Laura Albriton, December 2013, with photograph, link

Key West Citizen, ‘Forget-Me-Not: A Portrait of the Artist Nellie Appleby’ by Cara Canella, Sept 2013 link


DCG Open, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

new art south florida, Cultural Consortium  Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL

Grant, South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship

Lecture, Art Department, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


Anne McKee Artist Fund Artist Grant


BIOPHILIA, solo exhibition, Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL **

in light of recent events, curated by spectre horizon for art fair week, Museo Vault, Miami, FL

Lecture, Florida International University, Miami, FL


Artistas en pleno Medio Ambiente, Galería Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico

Hunt or Gather, New work by Michael Lease and Nellie Appleby, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD**

Portraits by Artists in Residence, The Armory at The Studios of Key West, FL

Artist in Residence with The Studios of Key West to pursue the BIOPHILIA project, Key West FL

Teacher, Edible Schoolyard with Tricycle Gardens and Peter Paul Center, Richmond, VA

Gurus of the Garden, Belle Magazine, Richmond VA, May 2009


Thick as Thieves, curated by AJ Liberto, Skydive, Houston, TX

Transitos Alternos - Brooklyn Nueva York - Guadalajara Jalisco, Museo Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara, Mexico

Lecture, Photography Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Panel presenter, Mid-America College Art Association, “Whatever it takes”, Indianapolis, IN

Grant, Water Sentinels Grant for ecological work with Clinch River in Virginia, Sierra Club, San Francisco,

Transita el Arte, El Mural, newspaper review, Guadalajara, Mexico, August 2008


Past Meets Present, The Off Grounds Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Toward a New Kinship Constellation, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

A Man Called Alex, Founders Hall, VCU, Richmond, VA

We and Us, Playspace, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA

safety squash, window installation, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

President of the Graduate Arts Association, Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU MFA 2007 catalogue, review by Larry Rinder.

Graduate Curatorial Fellowship with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Travel Grants for exhibitions, and Research Grants for investigating art in the Botanical Garden context, from Virginia Commonwealth University, RVA


ADA flat files, ADA Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Miami, FL

Art to make it rain, outdoor installation, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Capirotada/All Mixed Up, Leonard Codex Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Loose Current, Bad Switch, VCU MFA Candidacy show, Quirk, Richmond, VA

W/E, Claremont University, Los Angeles, CA

VCU Presents MFAs, Capital One, Richmond, VA


make stars, Paninoteca, Brooklyn, New York

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center with Artists Grant, Johnson, VT


Botanica and Friends, Paninoteca, Brooklyn, New York

Live Here, RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Stinky Paradise, The Mighty Robot, Brooklyn, New York

Shabbat, Leonard Codex Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


NANG/collaborations, with Nikolai Vivarat-Goodich, NATURE, Charlottesville, VA

Danielle Reide and Nellie Appleby, Le Yeux Du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

Rubulad Sells Out, Rubulad, Chelsea, New York City

On Fire, Rubulad, Long Island City, New York

AUNSPAUGH 1984-2003, Fayerweather Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

A Studio of Ones Own, Arts and Sciences Magazine of the University of Virginia, July 2003


The Beautiful Room, The Cave, Brooklyn, New York**

Wild Kingdom, Rubulad, Brooklyn, New York

The Fringe Festival, IX Center, Charlottesville, VA

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center with Artists Grant, Johnson, VT


We Love Our Customers, The Hungarian Consulate, New York City, NY

In the Lake, Malca Fine Art, New York City,NY

Photography Show, NATURE, Charlottesville, VA


Pretty Excitable, Wildfist Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

In the Air, Artland, Brooklyn, New York


Artist assistant to painter Chris Martin, Brooklyn

Window dresser and prop maker for Bergdorf-Goodman, NYC


Two month residency in Alternative Photography Processes taught by Dan Estabrook, Penland School, Penland, North Carolina


organizer of 10 ‘cheap art parties’ based on the philosophy of the Bread and Puppet Theater showing hundreds of artists work at various spaces in Brooklyn