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Harold Bernhard Nelson, museum director.


Nelson, Harold Bernhard was born on May 14, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Harold B. and Eleanor (Lavina) Nelson.


Bachelor, Bowdoin College, 1969. Master of Arts, University Delaware, 1972.


Research fellow, NMAA Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1976-1977;curator American art, Museum Art & Archeological, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1977-1979;registrar, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1979-1983;exhibition program director, American Federation Arts, New York City, 1983-1989;director, Long Beach (California) Museum of Art, since 1989. Juror Annual Art Exhibition Museum Art, Science & Industry, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1988, Annual Art Exhibition, Clark County District Library., Las Vegas, Nevada, 1984. Speaker American Association Museum Annual Conference, Detroit, 1985, annual meeting Western Museum Conference, Portland, Oregon, 1987, Grantmakers inArt Symposium, New York City, 1986, annual meeting Western Museum Conference, SaltLake City, 1985.

Member of advisory committee APA, Association Science and Technology Centers. Panelist Aid to Special Exhibitions, National Education Association, Washington, 1986. Participant Am.Legal Association, American Bar Association Conference, San Francisco, 1986.

Observer, respondent Museum Symposium, National Education Association, Dallas, 1985.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Sounding the Depths: 150 Years of American Seascape, 1989, New Visions: Selina Trieff, 1997, Bountiful Harvest: American Decorative Arts from the Gail-Oxford Collection, 1997, For a New Nation: American Decorative Arts from the Gail-Oxford Collection, 1998, In Ye Grandest Manner and After Ye Newest Fashion, 2000, Conjunction: The Melba and Al Langman Collection, 2000, Tulips, Pomegranates and Kings: Delftware from the Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III, 2000, Imps on a Bridge: Wedgwood Fairyland and Other Lustres, 2001, The Enamels of Annemarie Davidson, 2004, For the People: American Folk Art From the Collection of Thomas H. Oxford and Victor Gail, 2004, Engaging Nature: Contemporary Baskets From the Collection of Lloyd and Margit Cotsen, 2005, Crossing Boundries: The Ceramic Sculpture of Mineo Mizuno, 2005, Greene & Greene in Long Beach, 2005, Painting with Fire: Masters of Enameling in America 1930-1980, 2005.


Harold B. Nelson

Eleanor (Lavina) Nelson