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There is a word in Portuguese, "Sentido," that has to do with experiencing things with all one's senses.  Not just to transfer what you have seen... but to use all your senses to record the place or object.  That is what my work is about.

When I go to the Amazon Basin and other places in Brazil, I take photos, make small watercolor drawings, write down not only what I see, but also what I smell, hear and feel under my feet.  I remember what it was like to touch something and taste the environment,  I record all these experiences.  But I never paint there.  The time is devoted only to recording ideas and feelings.  I then return to the studio in Healdsburg, print out the photos, go through my notes and start to record not only what I could see, but, what I knew to be true about the place.


Bob Nugent received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971. Since that time he has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Fullbright Travel Grant and a California Arts Council Grant for his work in Brazil.  In 2005, after 34 years of teaching painting and drawing, Bob retired from Sonoma State University.  The following year he was elected to Professor Emeritus in Art at Sonoma.  Bob has had over 120 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 650 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

Bob Nugent first became interested in the Indigenous peoples and rain forest of South America in the summer of 1984 during a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil to see an artist friend.  Over more than 30 years he has made repeated sojourns to South America and in particular the Amazon Basin of Brazil.  Returning to Brazil now one to two times a year, Bob continues his research and study of the flora and fauna of the Amazon Region as well as other parts of the country.  But it is the vital layer, as Nugent calls it, which interests him the most. 

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MFA     University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971

BA       College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1969


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (over 120 solo exhibitions; including most recent)

2024    Dan Galeria Contemporary, São Paulo, Brazil 

            Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA

2023    Erickson Fine Art, Healdsburg, California

            Dan Galeria Contemporary, São Paulo, Brazil 

            Miro Gallery, San Jose, California 

2021    Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

2018    Siskiyou Arts Museum, Dunsmuir, California 

           Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut 

           Mosaic Gallery, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California 

           Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Healdsburg, California 

2017   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee 

2016    Atelier 6000 Gallery, Bend, Oregon 

2015    Lock Haven University Gallery, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

            Illinois Central University, Peroria, Illinois

2014    Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Healdsburg, California 

2013    Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, California 

            Susan Street Art Gallery, Solana Beach, California

2012    Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 

            The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, Hartsville, South Carolina 

2011     North Central College, Naperville, Illinois 

            Byatt-Claeyssens Gallery, Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, California 

2010    Tercera Gallery, Palo Alto, California 

            Dan Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (over 650 group exhibitions; including most recent) 

2023   Dan Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil 

           Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, California

2022   Dan Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil 

2021   Site Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
           Cummings Art Center at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

           Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California

           Brand Associates, Glendale, California

           Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Healdsburg, California

           Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa, California

2019    São Paulo International Art Fair, São Paulo, Brazil

            Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, California 

           Cumberland Gallery, California 

2018    MuBE Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil

           Graton Gallery, Graton, California 

           Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, California 

2017    Mosaic Gallery, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, California 

           Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2016    San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, California

           Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

           Brand Associates, Glendale, California 

           Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Indiana 

           Jasper Arts Center, Jasper, Indiana

2015    Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 

           Will's Creek, Allegany Arts Council Saville Gallery, Cumberland, Maryland 

           Santa Rosa Junior College Herold Mahoney Gallery, Petaluma, California 

           Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland Park, Kansas 

           Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2014    Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach, California 

           Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, California

           Ice House Gallery, Petaluma, California 

           Guest Artist, Becoming Independent, Santa Rosa, California 

           Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho 

           Magnolia Editions: Awagami Paper Show, Oakland, California 

           Dan Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

2013    Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, California 

2012    Kings Art Center, Handford, California 

           Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho 

           Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California 

2011     Artiscope Brussles, Belgium 

           Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts 

           Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California 

           Fresh Paint, Culver City, California 

           Dan Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

2010    Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California 

           Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico State, Chico California 

COMMISSIONS/SPECIAL PROJECTS (including most recent) 

2023     Charlie Palmer Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, California

2021     Four Seasons, Napa, California

2017     Sheraton Hotel, Redding, California 

2014     Charlie Palmer Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, California

2013     Grupo VR, New York, New York

2011     Grupo VR, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

             University of California, La Jolla, California 


Santander Collection, Brazil

Four Seasons, Napa

Sutter Health, Santa Rosa

Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

Museo Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Oakland Museum of Art

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

International Telephone and Telegraph

International Paper Corporation

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Itau Bank, São Paulo, Brazil

Bank of America Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Banco Sudameris, Brazil

Museum of Art and History @ the McPherson Center

Hewlett Packard

J.P. Morgan

Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

Coca Cola Corporation

McDonald's Corporation

Fairmont Hotels Inc.

Washington State Collection

Museum of American Samoa

Triton Museum of Art

Arizona State University

Valley Bank of Nevada

Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cerritos College

Connecticut College, New London

University of California, Santa Barbara

Air France Airlines

Western Electric, New York

Kemper Insurance, Chicago   

Catallactics Corporation, Chicago

Santa Barbara City College

La Jolla Museum of Art

Macrovision, San Jose

Kaiser Permanente

DeSaisset Museum, University of Santa Clara

Ventura College

Hyatt Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona

Westin Hotel, Indianapolis

Indiana University

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro

San Francisco City Collection

Hyatt Regency, Cologne, Germany

3M Corporation

Pepperdine University

Northern California Museum of Art             

General Mills Corporation

Sonoma State University Academic Foundation       

Benziger Imagery Series Collection   

Art Museum of Santa Cruz County

Hallmark Cards Inc.

Royal Management Corporation, Lombard, Illinois

Center for Book Arts, São Paulo, Brazil

Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, Washington

Globo Television, São Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil

Amerada Hess Oil Company

Manufacturers Bank, Chicago

City of Lafayette, Lafayette Library, California


Colecao Santander Brazil - Artes Visuais, Brazil 2023

An Exhibition in Your Pocket: Bob Nugent, Narrated by Preston Metcalf, Filmed and Edited by Bryan Callanta, December 7, 2021.

Sentido, Paintings by Bob Nugent, ed. By Georgina Balkwell and Kara L. de Lambert, published by Fine Arts Press, California, 2020

Etchings by Bob Nugent, Connecticut College Library 2017 Fall Newsletter, December 2017

Brazil Bob Nugent, Art in America, January 2018

Bob Nugent at Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Metroframe Blog, January 9, 2018

To move into knowing: The Sentido throughout Bob Nugent’s Ecos de Inhotim, Nashville Arts Magazine, October 2017

Bob Nugent: Ecos de Inhotim’ at Cumberland Gallery, Tennessean, September 27, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Bob Nugent on Success, Rejection and Sentido, Artwork Archive, July 2017

A powerhouse of contemporary counterparts opens at Cumberland Gallery, Nashville Arts Magazine, May 2016.

Hidden Talents Take Center Stage at Alliance Art Show, Sonoma Medicine, Spring 2016

Bob Nugent brings the ‘Amazonia’ to campus, Lock Haven University’s Student Newspaper, October 1, 2015

Petaluma exhibit to show two views of Brazil, The Press Democrat, August 26, 2015

Bob Nugent at Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Art in America, March 2014

Erickson Fine Art Gallery: Bob Nugent, The Press Democrat: Celebrating the Arts, March 6, 2014

Erickson Fine Art Gallery: Pedacos de Paisagem, Sonoma Discoveries, March 2014

Alta Classe, KAZA Magazine, Brazil February 2012

VISITING ARTIST & LECTURES (including most recent)

2023        Guest Lecture, Museum of Sonoma County, California

2021        Guest Lecture, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California 

2018        Guest Lecture, Connecticut College Library, New London, Connecticut 

2017         Juror, “Art’s Annual 2D Competition and Exhibition” Triton Museum of Art

2016         Guest Lecture, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California

                Atelier 6000 Studio and Gallery, Bend, Oregon

2015         Lock Haven University Gallery, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

                SRJC Herold Mahoney Library Gallery, Petaluma, California

2013         Guest Juror, Day on Green, Santa Rosa, California

                Panel Creative Growth Seminar, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California

               Guest Juror, Graton Art Gallery, Graton, California                                                

2012         Guest Lecture, Kings Art Center, Hanford, California          



1998-2015       Consultant Curator, Imagery Series Winery, Glen Ellen, California

2012-2013        Board of Directors, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California

2009-2012       Board of Directors, Becoming Independent, Santa Rosa, California

1998-2009      Art Advisory Committee, Becoming Independent, Santa Rosa California 

Requests for Full Resume may be placed in the Contact link. 

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