Rev. Jim Neilson wins first place at the 66th Art Annual at the Neville Museum

From St. Norbert College, September 24, 2010
by Stephen Schumacher, stephen.schumacher@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Rev. James Neilson, assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College, won first pace at this year's 66th Art Annual at the Green Bay Neville Museum for his piece "You Have to Tell Me Everything About Your Future."

Neilson's piece was a sculpture made from books that had never been taken off the shelves in the old Todd Wehr Library at St. Norbert College from 1975-2008.

"I began to methodically address each page of the heretofore unopened books and as I tore each page by hand," said Neilson. "Essentially, these books were not thought to be of any more value to the collection or library, so I rescued them before they headed to the recycle bin. This allows me to be a bit "greener" in my application and gives the rejected books a second chance to be noticed."

The competition also awarded a second place and five honorable mentions. Rev. Neilson also won "best in show" three years ago.