Complete Biography


Teaching History

1995 – 2000

Teacher at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Senior Illustration seminars.

2005 – Present

Workshops through Tom Nachreiner School of Art – Maple Ave Studio, Elm Grove Studio & Plein Air around the country.

2009 – Present

Teacher of Workshops at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI

Art Critic’s Statements

“Nachreiner’s beguiling body of imagery, chock full of confidence and energy, has fluid compositions that are at once atmospherically pleasing and architecturally sound.”

– James Auer, Milwaukee Journal Art Critic

“It’s unusual for an artist to be competent in both oil and watercolor. I like the fact that his paintings are real, but not photographic. They’re more interpretive, making beautiful use of light.”

– Katie Gingrassm, Waukesha Freeman

Honors – History

Tom’s First Solo Fine Art Exhibition was at the West Bend Art Museum exhibiting 33 paintings in 1990, He was featured in 3 “One Man Shows” at Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee WI, & had a one man show at C.R.Davidson Gallery in Milwaukee. Tom was Juried into The 124th American Watercolor Society Exhibition in New York, and twice juried into The Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee. Tom was featured in Artist’s Magazine in a 5 page Article, along with a visual painting demonstration, & he was selected for Artist Magazine’s Calendar as a featured artist, twice. He also won Third Place Portrait Category of an Artist’s Magazine national competition. Among many other honors along the way, Tom is proud to have served on the Board of Advisors for the West Bend Art Museum. Tom has been in every Open Canvas the 13th this year of 2014.  Open Canvas is a yearly fund raiser for MIAD and the William Eisner Art Museum. Tom has had 12 one man featured artist shows at Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Fish Creek WI. More recent accomplishments and awards below:

Honors and Awards – Complete History – Up To Date

2018
Accepted into Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in Colorado.
At this Exhibition – won “Best Of Signature Division Honorable Mention.”
Won two Awards at Cedarburg Plein Air Competition – 1st Place Artists choice Award – 2nd place Best Of City Award.
Set a record for most paid ($5300.00) for a 2 hour “Quick Paint” at Door Co. Plein Air Festival “Quick Paint” Auction.
Accepted into Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Show in Maryland.

 

2017
Accepted into American Impressionist Society  National Exhibition
Won three Awards at Cedarburg Plein Air Competition – Artists choice – Quick Paint – Best Of City
Won Third Place at Door County Plein Air Competition – Also I Sold Out
Sold 26 Paintings in first two weeks of my Solo Show at Edgewood Orchard Galleries
Four of my Large Paintings unveiled at Lambeau Field as Part of the Green Bay Packer Permanent Art Collection.
Had a glowing article written about me and the Packer Collection in the Peninsula PULSE Newspaper.

2016
Accepted Artist, Oil Painter’s Of America 25th National Exhibition, Dallas TX
Awarded Oil Painters of America – “Signature Member”
Awarded American Impressionist Society – “Signature Member”
Accepted artist OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition
Accepted artist OPA Salon Show

2015
Accepted Artist, Oil Painter’s Of America 24th National Exhibition, Saint Augustine. FL
One Man Show – Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg WI –  A Rotating monthly show – June through August

2014
Featured Artist, Door County Plein Air Invitational Festival – Door County, WI  (8th year)
Featured Artist, Exhibition, Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, WI
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America 23rd National Exhibition, Bennington VT
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Cincinnati OH
“Best of City Award” – Cedarburg Plein Air Competition
Workshops 2014: (2) in Door County (1) in Northbrook IL (1) in Lake Geneva WI (1) in New Harmony IN
Open Canvas – Fundraiser – Tom’s painting. finished in one day – brought in $360

2013
Featured Artist, Door County Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI (7th year)
Featured Artist, Exhibition, Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, WI
“Best of Show” Cedarburg WI Plein Air Competition (3rd year for this $2000 award)
Oil Painters of America 22nd National Show Award – Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship Award of 20,000.00
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America “Salon Show” in Michigan
Accepted Artist, 14th Annual American Impressionist Society Juried National Exhibition.
“Best of Show” Shorewood WI Plein Air Competition ($2000)
Open Canvas – Fundraiser – Tom’s painting. finished in one day – brought in $4500

2012
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
Featured Artist, Door County Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Three-day Studio Workshop, Peninsula School of Art – Door County, WI
Featured Artist, Exhibition – Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, WI
Honorary Chair, Open Canvas – Fundraiser – Tom’s paintings brought in $2600

2011
Featured Artist, Door County Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Judge, Beloit Plein Air Competition – Beloit, WI
Three-day Workshop, Peninsula School of Art – Door County, WI

2010
Judge, Wauwatosa Plein Air Festival – Wautwatosa, WI
Judge, Pewaukee Plein Air Festival – Pewaukee, WI
Featured Artist, Peninsula Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Three-day Workshop, Peninsula Art School – Fish Creek, WI
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America 2010 National Eastern Regional Exhibition – Wall’s Fine Art Gallery – Wilmington, NC

2009
Accepted Artist, Oil Painters of America 2009 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Sage Creek Gallery – Santa Fe, NM
Featured Artist, Peninsula Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Three-day Workshop, Peninsula Art School – Fish Creek, WI
Judge & Three-day Workshop at the Ohio Plein Air Painting Society Competition
Featured Artist, Demonstration, Exhibition – Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, WI

2008
Featured Artist, Arts in Bloom – Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Two 4-day Workshops, Tom Nachreiner School of Art
6 Paintings on location – Amsterdam, Holland
Best of Show, Downer Street Plein Air Competition – Milwaukee, WI
Award of Excellence, 2008 Barns & Farms National Juried Exhibition
First Place and Peoples Choice Award – Peninsula Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Accepted Artist to be Represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries – Fish Creek, WI
Three-day Still Life Workshop, Tom Nachreiner School of Art
Accepted Artist, 13th Annual Juried Alive In The Arts Exhibition – Gallery 110 North – Plymouth, WI

2007
Artists Choice Award and Honorable Mention, Cedarburg Plein Air Competition – Cedarburg, WI
Accepted Artist, 5th Annual Barns and Farms National Juried Fine Art Exhibition
Featured Artist, Peninsula Plein Air Festival – Door County, WI
Three-day Workshop – Lake Country area of Waukesha County, WI
Featured Artist, Solo Exhibition, 45 oil paintings – C.R.Davidson Gallery – Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI

2006
Featured Artist, Century Collection – PBS Channel 10/36 2006 Fund Raising Auction (Brought in $13,784 from sales of painting and prints titled “Cathedral Glow”)
Participating Artist, 6 Paintings, Spring Gallery Night Exhibition – CR Davidson Gallery – Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Best of Show and Best of Show Quick Paint Event, Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Contest – Cedarburg, WI

2005
Accepted Artist, 3rd Annual Juried Barnsite Competition Exhibit
Artist’s Choice Award, Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention Ouick Paint Event, Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition – Cedarburg, WI
Commissioned Artist, 6 Large Paintings, Foley Lardner Law Firm – Milwaukee, WI
Participating Artist, Open Canvas Fund Raiser – Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, William Eisner Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI (Painting sold for $4000, second highest price ever paid at the event.)

2004
Participating Artist, Open Canvas Fund Raiser – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, William Eisner Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Barnsite Competition Exhibit – Shawnee WI
Accepted Artist, Merchandise Award, 2004 Watercolor Wisconsin – Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI

2003
Commissioned Artist, 3 Paintings, Deloitte & Touche Accounting Firm – Milwaukee, WI
Participating Artist, Open Canvas Fund Raiser – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, William Eisner Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

2002
Participating Artist, Open Canvas Fund Raiser – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, William Eisner Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

1998
Featured Artist, Solo Exhibition, Katie Gingrass Gallery – Milwaukee, WI

1997
Judge, Oconomowoc Art Festival – Oconomowoc, WI

1996
Accepted Artist, 1996 Watercolor Wisconsin – Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI

1995
Best of Show, League of Milwaukee Artists Juried Exhibition – Charles Allis Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Member of Board of Advisers, Westbend Art Museum (1992-1995)

1995
Best of Show, League of Milwaukee Artists Juried Exhibition – Charles Allis Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Member of Board of Advisers, Westbend Art Museum (1992-1995)

1994
Best of Show, League of Milwaukee Artists Juried Exhibition – West Bend Art Museum – West Bend, WI
Third Place, Portrait Category, Artist’s Magazine National Competition
Featured Artist, Solo Exhibition, Katie Gingrass Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
Accepted Artist, 1994 Watercolor Wisconsin – Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI
Member of Board of Advisers, Westbend Art Museum (1992-1995)

1993
Featured Artist, Artist Magazine National 12-page Calendar
Member of Board of Advisers, Westbend Art Museum (1992-1995)

1992
Accepted Artist, Lakefront Festival of Arts – Milwaukee, WI
Accepted Artist, 1992 Watercolor Wisconsin – Racine Art Museum – Racine, WI
Featured Artist, Demonstration, Artists Magazine Article
Featured Artist, Artist Magazine National 12-page Calendar
Member of Board of Advisers, Westbend Art Museum (1992-1995)

1991
Accepted Artist, Lakefront Festival of Arts – Milwaukee, WI

1990
Solo Exhibition, 33 Paintings, West Bend Art Museum – West Bend, WI
Featured Artist, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Article by James Auer (Art Critic) – Milwaukee, WI
Accepted Artist, American Watercolor Society Exhibition – New York, NY

1989
First Place, Milwaukee Men’s Sketch Club Annual Exhibition – Milwaukee, WI