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Meet Nina Weiss of Nina Weiss/Art Endeavors Studio in Highland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nina Weiss.

Nina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
One of my favorite childhood memories is of drawing a mural in crayon on the floor with my Dad on the rolls of paper used to cover examining tables!  I spent a lot of time in my room drawing; painting; and copying masters was I was a kid.  I also was very fortunate to live near Manhattan and frequently visited museums and galleries.  My first art lessons began at age 11; and at age 13 throughout high school I traveled into Manhattan every Saturday to attend the Art Students League. At 14 I attended a pre-college summer session at the Rhode Island School of Design; and was accepted into Tyler School of Art; skipping grade 12 begin college at age 16. I did graduate work and received an Art Education teaching certification at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  I opened my first studio in Madison; moved to Chicago in 1986; and haven’t stopped painting; exhibiting; and teaching since!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was determined to be an artist from a very young age. I have struggled to maintain the time and space needed for a healthy and productive studio practice. This included a regime of part-time jobs that left me time to create….until I was able to support myself through my art and teaching jobs. The consequence of part-time jobs is of course part-time pay! So the challenge for artists is to maintain a balance of creating; working; and selling art to earn a living. Having a supportive partner to raise a child with has also been very important in maintaining a devoted studio schedule!

I have been lucky in that people have always responded to my art and I have been able to sell as well as teach. Other art-related business activities include on-line videos; critiques; licensing; reproductions; and teaching workshops abroad.

Please tell us about Nina Weiss/Art Endeavors Studio.
Three years ago I opened a large studio in Highland Park (Art Endeavors) which serves as my Workspace; showroom; and classroom. I am able to welcome collectors; art consultants and designers into the studio; hold Open Houses; and teach classes and workshops.

Because of a strong on-line presence; I have received several large-scale commission projects from out-of-state clients. I am thrilled to be represented by galleries who believe in my work and give me the chance to exhibit and sell in their beautiful spaces. I am also proud of my ability to work in a business-like fashion with many wonderful art consultants.

I have been teaching my European Landscape Workshops for 17 years and travel each summer to locations in France; Ireland; and Italy. I often get invited to teach and critique at art leagues throughout the United States.

I am proud of my relationship with my students. I help guide them with targeted advice based on the formal and creative aspects of painting and drawing. I have seen many students develop into confident painters who go on to sell their work. My teaching abilities have also led to videos and an on-line presence.

I have a good work ethic; many years of training; and a passion for the arts that set me apart as an artist; teacher; and successful business person.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
A big life choice was where to move after I was through with grad school in Wisconsin. Although I am from New York; I felt that I would likely struggle there financially as an artist if I was to move back and open a studio… I chose to stay in the Midwest and move to Chicago. I wonder what would have been different on my path to success if I had established myself early on in New York.

I’ve probably had a much easier time of it in Chicago in terms of renting studio space; gaining gallery representation teaching jobs than I might have in NYC…..but it’s a thought!


  • Small 12″ X 12″ Paintings from Waterways Series $650
  • Larger paintings and commissions from $1,000 – $6,000

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Image Credit:
“Big Prairie Revisited” 60″ X 55″
Oil on Canvas

“Big Prairie by the Lake”
84″ X 45″ Oil on Canvas

“Big Independence Prairie”
48″ X 48″ Oil on canvas

“Sanibel Island Marsh”
60″ X 40″ Oil on Canvas

60″ X 40″ Oil on Canvas

Installation shot; “Off Lake Cook Road” 72″ X 50″
Private Collector

Installation shot; series of 12″ X 12″ Waterways
Oil on Canvas
Private Collector

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1 Comment

  1. Pat Beteskin

    July 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Nina, you make our profession proud. Creativity, quality, integrity and intelligence is what I experience when I work with you.
    I’m so proud to know you and have you in our studio/gallery any time.

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