Roger Nielsen studied fine art painting at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1950's and early 60's. He set his art career aside to raise a family and develop Master Framers, a business that has attained a national reputation. As owner, he became known for his expertise in creative frame design, production and restoration of picture frames. As a member of the Professional Picture Framers association, he was instrumental in establishing a certification program and developing uniform standards for archival framing methods. 


You can find his frames in major museums, historical societies, and private art collections throughout the country.

Articles & Exhibitions

 St Paul Voice   Magazine

LOWERTOWN PIONEERS: Roger Nielsen & Master Framers

    Valhalla     Studios

Roger's Artist Studio in Northern Wisconsin

Retrospective Exhibition

Roger Nielsen:

Art + Life in Lowertown

The AZ Gallery

 Roger's Biography

"Roger Nielsen: Art + Life"

by Mason Riddle, July 2015

Twin Cities

Pioneer Press

Lowertown Frame Shop Learns the Art of Survival - Oct, 2014



"Art & Frames Are My Life"

The Show Gallery, 2019

Twin Cities PBS

March, 2011


Roger Nielsen shows the process of framing with gold, beginning with some molds that are 300 years old. Nielsen says there are only about a dozen frame shops in the country working the way his does. Find out the trick to picking up a sheet of gold with a gilder's tip.



Take a quick walk through our shop with Roger in this short video.

We would love to give you a personal tour. Stop by any time, we always have something interesting in the works.