a brief bio

Born 1973 in the mountains of Virginia, grew up in Southern Africa.

Nellie Appleby earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 1997 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007.  She has received various grants including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship and the Sierra Club Water Sentinels Grant. She has exhibited her work in NYC (Wildfist, Mighty Robot, the Cave, Leonard Codex, Che Mez), Virginia (ADA, Fayerweather, Nature, Anderson) and Mexico (Museo Ex-convento del Carmen - Guadalajara, Galeria Metropolitana - Mexico City), Houston (skydive), and San Francisco (California College of Art) among other fine locales. As a curator she has worked with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and co-curated Made in Brooklyn with painter Chris Martin showing 100 artists’ work at Cono’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn.  She was the co-founder and organizer of ten cheap art parties held in Brooklyn based on the philosophy of The Bread and Puppet Theater.  In these hundreds of artists participate in a one night multimedia exhibition/extravaganza in which all works are sold under $100.  She has spent the last year way out in the mountains growing and selling organic vegetables, navigating the river, and fighting for environmental justice.

photo by Andy Garrison

update! 10-2009

Ok, so I spent this last year in Richmond VA working with tricycle gardens, growing gardens, making art, and falling ever deeper in love with the James River. For the winter I head south for an artist residency in the Keys and from there to see just how things will unfold. Oh the unknown! Oh the tropical plants, I am coming to be with you!