Roy C. Nuse, photo: Robin Nuse, c. 1972

Roy C. Nuse, photo: Robin Nuse, c. 1972




Born:               February 23, 1885, Springfield, OH
Died:               January 25, 1975, Doylestown, PA



1915-1918     Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
                       (major teachers Daniel Garber, Hugh Breckenridge)

1905-1912    Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH
                      (major teachers Frank Duveneck, L.H. Meakin, Vincent Nowottny)



Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Awards:

1940     Fellowship Gold Medal for “In a Quiet Valley”
1918     First Thouron Prize
1918     First Toppan Prize  
1918     Second Cresson (travel to Europe postponed until 1922 and 1923 because of World War I)
1917     First Cresson European Scholarship        

Other Awards:

1921     Medal, Philadelphia Sketch Club  


Retrospective Exhibitions:

2017      Bucks County Landscapes from the Permanent Collection, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
2017     Dedicated, Displayed, Discovered – Celebrating the Region’s School Art Collections, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
2016     New Light: The Pennsylvania Impressionists, Highlights from the Woodmere Art Museum Collection, The Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2011     Pennsylvania Impressionism and Landscape from the Collection of Woodmere Art Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2005     The Pennsylvania Impressionist Legacy, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2003     Earth, River and Light, Masterworks of Pennsylvania Impressionism, Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
2002     Solo exhibition, Figures and Landscapes – Roy C. Nuse, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA (catalogue)
1996     Bucks Fever Art Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, PA
1975     PAFA Fellowship Exhibition at the Woodmere, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA (dedicated to RCN’s memory)    


Juried and invitational exhibitions:

Art Alliance of Philadelphia
Art Institute of Chicago
Arts Club, Washington, D.C.
Carnegie Institute
Cincinnati Art Museum
Corcoran Gallery
J.B. Speed Memorial Museum (St. Louis)
National Academy of Design
New Jersey State Museum
Philadelphia Sketch Club


PAFA Exhibitions:

1920-1950          Annual exhibitions
1946-1947          Solo exhibition


Collections (an incomplete list; in addition to many private collections):    

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Hahneman University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 



1930-1970     Taught private students at his home beginning in the 1930's but more active after PAFA retirement, until the early 1970's, Rushland, PA
1925-1954     Instructor (portrait and figure classes), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1933-1954     Head of the Coordinated Course Representing PAFA for the University of Pennsylvania joint degree program, which made it possible for PAFA students to obtain a degree.
1939              Participant in what may have been the first-ever televised art lesson, a demonstration in-house broadcast conducted by PAFA at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
1915-1932     Director and Professor, Beechwood School of Fine Arts (later merged with Beaver College now called Arcadia University; Nuse remained on faculty for a time after merger), Glenside, PA  
1912-1915     Teacher and Supervisor of Drawing, Oberlin Public Schools, Oberlin, OH
1912-1915     Teacher, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1910-1912     Instructor in drawing and painting, Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH

Selected Bibliography:

Pennsylvania Impressionism, Brian H. Peterson, published by the James A. Michener Art Museum and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002
Roy C. Nuse – Figures and Landscapes, exhibition catalogue published by the James A. Michener Art Museum, 2002
New Hope for American Art, Jim Alterman, published by Jim’s of Lambertville, 2005
Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, Mantle Fielding, 1983
Who's Who in American Art, Marquis Who’s Who Publications
Who's Who in America, Vol. 25