Bob Nugent


Bob Nugent received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971.  Since that time he has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, Fulbright Travel Grant and a California Arts Council Grant for his work in Brazil.  Bob has had over 100 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 600 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South.  Over the past twenty-nine years he has made repeated sojourns to South America and in particular the Amazon Basin of Brazil.  In the 1980’s Bob spent time with the Indians of the region to learn about their customs, myths and legends.

Bob began his teaching career in the Samoan Islands. In 2005, after 34 years of teaching, he retired from Sonoma State University to concentrate on his research and study of the flora and fauna of the Amazon Region as well as other parts of Brazil. He records his findings upon return to his Healdsburg Studio.

When Bob isn’t painting you can find him at Imagery Estate Winery where he curates a unique wine label art collection.  A program he began with winemaker Joey Benziger 30 years ago. In 2006, Bob wrote the book Imagery: Art for Wine, which won the Gourmand Award from France for the Best Illustrated Wine Book in America.

Bob’s other activities include restoring his 1947 Chevy Woodie with his son-in-law.