Maria Bordelon-Nelson is a Texas resident, currently working in Houston, Texas. Her sculpture of wire, wood and wood veneers gives careful consideration to our human predilection to attract opposites and compare similarities among groups.

Nelson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and received a summa cum laude BFA in 1973. Her interest in fine art and design brought her to Houston to establish an interior design practice, Bordelon Design Associates, which continues today. This practice reinforces her discriminating judgment on proportion, scale, and placement of objects in a group. In Houston she received a MLA in art history from the University of St. Thomas in 2005. Nelson holds a completion certificate from the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. 

Her exhibitions include the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies, the Visual Arts Alliance of Houston, Assistance League of Houston, the Lawndale Big Show and numerous Glassell Student Juried exhibitions at Traditions Banks.


     2016      Certificate of Completion, Glassell School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 

     2005      MLA Art History, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX 

     1973      BFA, Louisiana Tech University: Summa cum laude, Ruston, LA 


Artist Statement

Cage wire, softwoods, and wood veneers are my materials of choice to make sculpture.  My works are unassuming, standing forms and wall hung sculpture.  The use of simple forms and simple shapes are at the beginning of creativity for me. 


Relationships are a routine part of daily life and my work reflects upon the concepts of both connected-ness and contrasts in routine relationships.  The visual comparison of parts to the whole, point up both polar and bi-polar magnetic qualities.


I accomplish harmony with five elements: comparison of adjacencies, surface affinity, dominance, textural finishes, and finally color, as my sculpting tools.

Artist CV

Solo Exhibitions

     2017     Carved and Woven Souls, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX

                  Folded Forms, Gallery 220, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

Group Juried Exhibitions

     2005     Friends of Women’s Studies, University of Houston, Houston, TX

     2007     Juried Membership Exhibition,Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX

     2008     Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX

     2009     Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX

     2010     Glassell Studio School Show – Traditions Bank 

     2011     Glassell Studio School Show – Traditions Bank 

     2013     Honorable Mention, Visual Arts Alliance

                  Honorable Mention, Glassell Studio School Show 

     2014     Glassell Studio School Show 

                  Honorable Mention (Two entries), Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 

     2014     Assistance League of Houston – Celebrates Texas Art

     2016     Lawndale–Big Show 

Publications and Speaking Engagements

     2016     Glasstire Publication – Lawndale’s Big Show: Top Ten of 2016, August 2016

     2016     Artist Talk Lawndale, August 2016

SAMARA Gallery

3100 Richmond Ave - Suite 104

Houston TX 77098


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