Nell has received many awards for her art and is collected widely throughout the U.S. She is represented locally by Carol Robinson Gallery and has been on the faculty at NOAFA since 2003.
— New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Rhythms: Earth and Water” - Solo show at Carol Robinson Gallery in 2018. “Images surround me in my native city of New Orleans and in Louisiana. Whether relating to water, land or an urban setting, those images often serve as a springboard for my non-pictorial art. I also gather inspiration from the natural beauty of places I have visited and file those in my memory which later provides a stimulation for my work. I’m intrigued with the rhythm, cadence and flow of both the land and water. Each has its own unique characteristics. With these paintings, my impressions and expressions have emerged and are demonstrated in the concept of abstraction.” 

"Transformations" - Solo show at Carol Robinson Gallery 2016. “My previous two solo shows focused on structures, architecture and modern images inspired by my late architect father. Since that time, with the loss of my mother and the selling of our beloved family home (designed by my father), a shift or transformation in my art work has occurred. I feel that these latest works are the culmination - the 3rd chapter in a trilogy - of the previous work and is signaling a sense of moving forward with an acknowledgment and appreciation of the past.”

"Blueprints: Refections of Modern Design" - Solo show at Carol Robinson Gallery 2011. “As the daughter of an architect, I was surrounded by contemporary forms and images. My father believed that simple, strong design should reflect the interior space of a structure. I was inspired to show my interpretation of some of these shapes in my painting. Blue prints, floor plans and architectural images are revealed in these abstract works as my impressions, and appreciation of architecture and modern structures. This exhibit is my reflection of modern design and a tribute to modernist architecture.” 

"Deconstruction - an Impression of Vanishing Treasures" - Solo show at Carol Robinson Gallery 2009. '“The Rivergate Series represents a homage to my late father who was an architect – a very creative, gentle, and distinctive man who was a visual artist and produced powerful images with his buildings. One such structure was the award winning Rivergate Convention and Exhibition Center in New Orleans, an innovative design with its sweeping undulating roofline, and contemporary, sleek interior with vast un-columned spaces. Regrettably and sadly, the Rivergate was destroyed less than 30 years after being built. Through my paintings, it is my desire to capture the turmoil, destruction, and sense of loss of this magnificent building.” 

Solo Exhibitions


Carol Robinson Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Rhythms: Earth and Water”

Christwood Retirement Center, "Transformations Continued"
Carol Robinson Gallery, "Transformations"
Carol Robinson Gallery, "Blueprints: Reflections of Modern Design"
Carol Robinson Gallery, Solo Exhibition, "Deconstructed: An Impression of Vanishing Treasures

Selected Exhibitions


“Inside Out, Expressing our Inner Voices”, abstract works of 26 women from across the U.S., North Charleston City Gallery in Charleston, SC and USC Center for the Arts, Beaufort, SC

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Year, New Work Invitational
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Self-Portrait Invitational
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, “The Human Figure”, group invitational
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Drawing Invitational
1997 - 2016
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Annual Christmas Miniature Exhibit, group invitational
2003 - 2016
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty Exhibition
40 Days 40 Nights, Invitational Katrina Exhibit, Baton Rouge Louisiana Archives Building, Baton Rouge, LA
2004 - 2016
Carol Robinson Gallery, Annual Christmas Show
La Nouvelle Salon, group exhibit, World Trade Center, New Orleans
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Katrina (Hurricane) Exhibit, group invitational
Femme Fest, group exhibit honoring Women in the Arts
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Mardi Gras Exhibit, group invitational
2006 - 2010
Carol Robinson Gallery, Artists of Faith, City of Faith, group invitational and gallery artists
The Louise Finke Watercolor Exhibition, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA, group invitational
2-person show, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
Art in Bloom, New Orleans Museum of Art, participating artist
Nathaniel Curtis Gallery, 3-person exhibit in conjunction with Art for Arts Sake"
2-person show, Evans Gallery, New Orleans, LA, watercolor and figure drawings
Solo exhibit at Nathaniel Curtis Gallery, in conjunction with Art for Arts Sake, New Orleans, LA

Selected Juried Competitions and Awards

The Summer Show, 52nd Annual National Juried Artists Exhibition, Juried by William A. "Bill" Fagaly, Curator Emeritus for the new Orleans Museum of Art
Selected for Steven Aimone's Master Series Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL
Louisiana Watercolor Society 38th Annual International Exhibition, Brigit O'Connor, Juror
St. Tammany Art Association 40th Juried Artists Exhibition, Rene Paul Barilleaux, Juror
"Art with a Southern Drawl" , University of Mobile, juried show, two paintings accepted
Louisisna Arts and Artists Guild, 35th Annual River Road Show, Paul A. Dufour, Juror
Artworks for the Earth, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Duque Art Center, new Orleans, LA
2003 Louisiana Artists: An All Media Show, Baton Rouge, Robert Warrens, Juror
Louisiana Watercolor Society 33rd Annual International Exhibition, Katherine Chang Liu, Juror
34th Annual River Road Show, Baton Rouge, LA, Michael Crespo, Juror
Fresh Art Festival, Juried Festival sponsored by the Arts Council of new Orleans
Associated Women in the Arts,Baton Rouge, LA, Ronna S. Harris, Juror
Louisiana Watercolor Society Member Show, Honorable Mention, Melissa Smith, Juror
Louisiana Watercolor Society 25th International Exhibition, juried competition, Charles LeClair, Juror
Artist Guild of W. Feliciana Art Show, St. Francisville, LA, group show, First Place for “Orange and Blue”, Auseklis Ozols, Juror
New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts Student Show, Honorable Mention
Juried Louisiana Watercolor Society Member Show, 2nd Place, Michael Crespo, Juror
Recipient of the Shirley Lemann Creativity Award, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

Education/ Organizations

A.A. Mount Vernon Junior College, Washington, DC
Newcomb College, New Orleans, LA
1988 - 1998
Extended study at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA

Nell has studied with nationally and internationally known artists such as, Katalin Gergo, Alex Powers, Jean Dobie, Lauren Zarambo, Tony Couch, Robert McCoy, Marilyn Hughey Phyllis, Cheng Khee Chee, Allison Stewart, Katherine Chang Liu, master printers, Craig O'Brian and John T. Scott, Steven Aimone, Audrey Phillips, Krista Harris, Martica Griffin.

Louisiana Watercolor Society (Signature Member), Arts Council of New Orleans, Contemporary Arts Center, St. Tammany Art Association

2003, 2004 (August) The Colony at Country Day, Metairie, LA. Week-long workshop for adults, Instructor of Abstract Art
2003 - present Instructor of "Abstract and Experimental Art" at the new Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
Conducted various abstract workshops in the New Orleans area

Featured Publications

New Orleans Times Picayune (St. Tammany Community News), May 5, 2017 Atrium gallery to feature paintings by New Orleans Artist Nell C. Tilton
Professional Artist Magazine, May 2012, Spotlight Artist, Nell C. Tilton
New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, Fall 2011, Artist profile, Nell Curtis Tilton
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Five 2009
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume Four, 2008