Press Reign is a boutique arts admin agency owned and directed by fine art veteran Jodie Nelson. A leading voice for artists, Jodie is a curator, consultant, and artist mentor trusted by revered artists and museums. Her leadership is highly sought-after and featured in The New York Times, PBS, Seattle Times, Forbes, Hyperallergic, Culture Trip, KUOW/NPR, Refract, and Art in America.
As an advisor to artists working in a wide range of art media, she has helped them sell millions of dollars in art, grow their audiences, cultivate their creativity and gain confidence solidifying her as a key contributor to art movements including the Studio Glass Movement landscape, and Eco Feminism, among others.
Jodie has a unique work style because she has a ton of experience in the art world. She is where creativity meets strategy. She listens to her intuitive gifts. She listens to her client's needs.
The result: She has sold millions of dollars of art, is a maestro orchestrating seamless launches, published books, and editions, and is dedicated to artistic legacies. It is a style that makes an impact. It is why artists, museums, and collectors rely on Press Reign.
In Jodie's own words, "You’ll find my leadership and experience exceed expectations. I bring a lot of energy to transform and scale projects. My approach will be different for each project but one thing remains the same: I’m divinely guided. I come in like a storm and leave a reignbow. I make things happen! " Check out how these have been chronicled on PBS and quoted in the New York Times.
Nelson brings success to the art world with strategic programming as a senior curator, fine art leader, and champion for artists. Projects include work with emerging artists to highly revered master artists who create beauty, cause tension, and question the status quo. Working hands-on with JUDY CHICAGO feminist icon and Time Magazine's most influential people in the world 2018, BARBARA EARL THOMAS painter, author and essayist, and DALE CHIHULY, one of the most innovative artists working in the medium of glass. Joining the legendary team at Chihuly Studio in 2011 with a specialty in fine art prints and Glass on Glass. Legacy projects include: the Chihuly Sanctuary at the Fred & Pamela Cancer Center, Chihuly Glass and Garden, and exhibitions at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Arboretum, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Jodie has an invaluable on-going role with team Chihuly.
Using Expertise To Make An Impact:
• Art Advisory • Curatorial • Strategic Program Design •
Jodie thrives while being hands-on, assisting world-renowned artists inside their studio. She is the true embodiment of the definition of a curator, "one who will take care of every detail."
• Curatorial/Exhibitions • Curatorial/Collections • Studio Assistant (media variable) • (AEFI) Long Term Strategic Planning • Archiving • Art Fairs • Publishing Prints & Multiples • Sales Management • Commissions • Books + Merchandise • Arts Education • Public Speaking • Stragetic Programming •
Launches career in art advocacy career, focusing on ecofeminism. Secures better teaching tools at University level highlighting women by winning travel and research on Lady Dia Mawangdui, a Chinese archaeological marvel.
1998- present Continued pilgrimages to feminine divine sites.
Refining her photography skills capturing UNESCO Heritage Sites across Asia.
While in Nepal, curated exhibits with National Geographic photographers, raising awareness for river conservation. Her credits stand alongside these celebrated names.
2000 - 2011
Understanding the complexities of handblown glass, is hand selected to produce & emcee live glassblowing demonstrations at Museum of Glass.
Continues studies at University of Washington in Museology. Interns with Pilchuck Glass School & Museum of Glass.
Gains promotion to Gallery Director at Friesen Fine Art.
Curatorial Director at Center on Contemporay Art
Assists Dale Chihuly- increased programming, Glass on Glass,
Assists the Judy Chicago - BE NO MORE at SFMOMA
Assists Barbara Earl Thomas- cutter
Christie's Education: Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts
Studies with Aspen Institute of Artists Endowed Foundations
Starts School at Press Reign
Studies at Western Neon
Workshop with Guerrilla Girls
Lead Programming Consultant with inaugural Refract | The Seattle Glass Experience
Arts Consultant | Creative Economy City of Shoreline
Curator | A Precarious Edge | Museum of Northwest Art
2022 - 2024
Female Icons / Venus Tour
Curator | BAIT: Beyond An InconvenientTruth | Earth Creative.
President | Earth Creative
Member | WEAD Women Eco Art Dialog
Launches Female Frequency Podcast