American Impressionist Roy Cleveland Nuse was born in a small rural town of Springfield, Ohio. He dropped out of high school to work in a factory painting lamps. His talent as an artist could be seen by his coworkers and he was encouraged to enroll in art classes. He studied under Frank Duveneck and Vincent Nowottny at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1905 to 1912.
Roy Nuse then took on a part-time position teaching at the Beechwood School near Philadelphia, before being accepted into the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Nuse was awarded numerous prizes for his art at the University including the Toppan and Thouron Prizes, as well as the Cresson Traveling Scholarship twice. This allowed him to travel overseas and study in Europe. During his early years, Roy Nuse held exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nuses’ family remained in the farmlands of Pennsylvania which inspired his large canvases and rural landscape paintings. From 1925 to 1954, he continued with his teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
At the time of his death much of Roy Nuse’s work was divided between his six children. His art now appears in the Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Swarthmore College, Moravian College, Thomas Jefferson University, the James A. Michener Art Museum and many others.