Richard L. Nelson was a
listed painter, educator, and lecturer, born in Georgetown, Texas in 1901.
was educated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France, and at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. He moved to Los Angeles,
California in 1939, and after serving in World War II, he returned to Los
Angeles and studied with Reginald Marsh at Mills College and earned his MA
at UC Berkeley.
established the Art Department at UC Davis and the Richard L. Nelson Gallery
was named in his honor posthumously on the campus in 1976. He died in 1972.