William Nelson


BFA Student

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2017

Artist Statement:

Theme park rides are carefully designed, mesmerizing structures that millions of people travel to annually, for a multi sensory experience. I work with roller coaster inspired sculpture because I believe the design aesthetics that compose theme park rides today should be explored in a sculptural realm. I see the designs as intricate modernist structures that influence many humans globally through their presence and interaction.


William Nelson is a senior at Maine College of Art pursuing a degree in sculpture. He has lived in multiple states like California and Massachusetts but has spent most of his life near the Maine coast. His sculptures are formed with metal, stone and wood which are used to ask questions on infrastructure, and what we would call architectural novels modern construction. There are notions towards minimalism and restructured modernism represented in his goals within the execution of the work. William has worked with steel production artists John Nelson and John Hukins to create various works, most notably a public sculpture for a college campus. William has also designed furniture for public spaces in the town of Boothbay Harbor.