Clementa “Ment” Nelson’s “Old Sheldon” will be featured in Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit, as part of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street. It is currently on display at Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., until Dec. 9.

Nelson, who lives about an hour and a half away from Charleston in Varnville, S.C., is a self-taught artist, and says he has been creating since elementary school. “Old Sheldon” which Nelson created in 2015, started with a pen drawing which he colored digitally.

Museum on Main Street is a program that aims to provide small-town and rural America access to the Smithsonian. Their current exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America is collecting stories from small-town America and the changes these towns have experienced in the past century. It focuses on themes of identity, land, community, persistence, and managing change.

Nelson’s work is featured at the Beaufort Arts Council and on Instagram and twitter @mentnelson. His work is also available online at For more information about Crossroads: Change in Rural America and its full schedule, please visit


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