About

Ellyn Weiss is a visual artist and independent curator with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. She has had more than 24 solo shows and has participated in numerous juried and curated exhibitions. Ellyn works in a wide variety of media. The paintings and sculpture in her most recent solo shows have used wax, oilbar, dry pigment and tar.

Weiss’s work has, for many years, been inspired by the imagery of biological and natural structures and most recently, by the threats posed to life by global climate change. She is one of three artists who collaborated on an exhibition initially shown at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014 entitled “Voyage of Discovery.” The show in a slightly expanded version, moved to the McLean Project for the Arts in 2015. The artists imagined a journey to the polar region where the ice is permanently receding and where life forms were uncovered that might have been buried for millennia. In October, 2016, Weiss opened an exhibition dedicated to the bleaching of coral reefs worldwide caused by climate change.

Along with Sondra Arkin, Ellyn curates the Zeitgeist exhibition series featuring artists responding to an issue important to our moment in time. Subjects covered in the three exhibitions to date include the diminution of privacy (“Under Surveillance”) and the meaning of the election of Barack Obama (“What’s Important Now?”). The third of the series, “Too Much Information,” about the effects of the internet on the human brain, ran at the District of Columbia Art Center in the spring of 2012. The fourth, "Preconceptual", will be exhibited in March at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1997, Ellyn practiced environmental law. Her work including serving as General Counsel to the Union of Concerned Scientists where she still serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

RESUME

Ellyn Weiss
1661 Crescent Place NW   Apt. 205
Washington DC 20009
eweiss@ucsusa.org
www.ellynweiss.com
studio: 3706 Wells Ave, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712


Artist Statement

For many years, my work has been inspired by the imagery of biological structures, which are the exemplars of perfect functionality combined with sheer beauty. Much of my recent work speaks directly to the threats posed by global climate change. This is the existential issue of our time, and I am committed to engaging with it.


Galleries

A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York
Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD
Wohlfarth Galleries, Washington DC  


Solo and Featured Shows

Upcoming
Form and Void, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA, January 2018

2017
The One House Project, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, November 2017
The Migration of Pestilence, Otis Street Projects, January 2017

Curation: Zeitgeist IV, Preconceptual, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, March 2017

2016
White Hot, collaboration with Richard Dana, Artists and Makers, Rockville, MD, October 2016

2015
I Can’t Make Up My Mind, Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD
Density Fluctuations, American Center for Physics, College Park, MD
Unmapped, Gateway Center for the Arts, Brentwood, MD, with Sally Resnick Rockriver and Patricia Goslee

2014
Voyage of Discovery, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
Voyage of Discovery II, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

2013
Longing to Eavesdrop on the Conversation, Adah Rose Gallery, Washington DC

2012
Primordial Soup Kitchen, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Wax Works, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
Contemporary Work, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington DC
Micro-organismic, Woman’s National Democratic Club, Washington DC

2011
Abstraction, Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Big Ideas, Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood, MD, collaboration with Sondra Arkin and Susan Finsen
Axis, Washington, DC
Dispersed, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
2’ x 10’, Gallery 555, Washington, DC
   

2010
Ancient Life, Wohlfarth Gallery, Provincetown, MA
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2009
Dark Matter, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Summer, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD.

2008
Spectrum Theater, Arlington, VA

2007
Fortune Cookies, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
Time of War, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC

2006
Circular Reasoning, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
New Work, Northern Virginia JCC, Fairfax, VA
Sharon Fine Gallery, Bethesda, MD

2005
No Bars Held, Touchstone Gallery, September 2005

2004
Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY

2003
Only Spores Live Forever, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
Worldspace, Washington DC

2002
Lipsett Gallery, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

2001
Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD
J. Anthony Fine Arts, Charlottesville, VA

2000
COA Gallery, Truro, MA.


Selected Curated/Juried Shows

2017
Winter Group Show, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Athenaeum Invitational, Alexandria VA,  
Greetings from Adams Morgan, DC Arts Center, Washington DC
Emulsion, PEPCO Center, Washington DC
What’s Next, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
Creative Corridor, Marlboro Gallery, Largo, MD
Future Nostalgia, Maryland Capitol, Annapolis, MD
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisoaka Gallery, Washington DC


2016
Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD (winner, Juror’s Award)
Sip and Paint Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DC
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington DC
Drawing, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Members, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisoaka Gallery, Washington DC.

2015
Six Artists, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington DC
Personal Patterns, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD
Drawing Room, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington DC
Memory Flood, Anacostia Arts Center, Washington DC
Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Gateway Arts Center Fifth Anniversary Show, Brentwood, MD
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington DC

2014
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington DC
Appearances, Eco-Art Festival, Provincetown, MA

2013
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington DC
Less is More, Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, MD
Appearances 2013, Eco-Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA

2012
Something or Nothing, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Summer Group Show, Adah Rose Gallery, Kenisington, MD
Retrospectives, Hillyer Art Center, Washington DC
Black and White Ball, Rehoboth, MD

2011
2’ X 10’, Gallery 555, Washington, DC
Encaustics, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA

2010
International Arts and Artists, Washington DC
Gallery 555, Washington DC
People’s Choice, ArtDC, Hyattsville, MD
Delicacies, Studio B @ Biagio, Washington DC
Constructing Differences/Uncovering Connections ,International Arts and Artists, Washington DC
Artists of the Gateway District, Gateway Arts Center Inaugural Show, Brentwood, MD

2009
The Art of Change, Artist’s Inaugural Ball, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Zeitgeist II: What’s Important Now, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
Lottoheart, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Holiday, Studio 4903, Washington DC
Stimulus, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
Red, St. Valentine Bled for Us All, the Pink Line Project, Washington DC
 
2008
Zeitgeist I: Under Surveillance, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
20 X 20, Coldwell Banker, Washington DC   
Affordable Art Fair, NY, NY
Artists Respond to War, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Members, Truro Center for the Arts

2007
Peace Now, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Attainable Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
Small Work, Touchstone Gallery,Washington DC
No Representation, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Art Romp 2007, Washington DC
Encaustics, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Inaugural Show, H&F Fine Art, Mt. Ranier, MD

2006
Millennium Center Artists, curated by Zenith Gallery, Washington DC
Attainable Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC
Shock and Awe, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC

2005
Art Romp, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Encaustics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Accessible Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
The Peace Scrolls, City Gallery,Charleston, S.C
Where’s the Peace?, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Project: Painting, Washington DC
Montgomery County Commission on the Arts, Silver Spring, MD

2004
Handpicked, Museum of Modern Art, Arlington, VA
Anonymous, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, Washington DC
Sharon Fine Gallery inaugural show, Bethesda, MD
Artomatic, Washington DC

2003
Small Work, Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY
Artswalk, Silver Spring, MD

2002
Artomatic, Washington DC

2001
washingtonart.com Fifth Anniversary, Washington DC
New Artists, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

2000
MOCA 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC
Artomatic, Washington DC

1999
Mixt Nerve, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Artomatic, Washington DC


Media

Washington Post, Sunday, November 16, reviewing The One House Project
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/in-the-galleries-the-eternal-cycles-of-decay-and-rebirth/2017/11/16/ef292fc4-c995-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.c10807baadf0#onehouseproject

East City Art, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, reviewing The One House Project
http://www.eastcityart.com/openings-and-events/touchstone-gallery-art-watch-present-one-house-project/

Washington Post, June 8, 2017, reviewing Greetings from Adams Morgan
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-putting-flat-art-into-perspective/2017/06/08/becefb70-4a14-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.d23ad4d66e8d

Washington Post, February 3, 2017, reviewing Migration of Pestilence
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-these-landscapes-are-something-short-of-idyllic/2017/02/03/e77610f4-e718-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?postshare&utm_term=.1b32316cc786#comments

Washington Post, In the Galleries, Arts And Style, p. E16, May 14, 2015.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-getting-personal-at-king-street/2015/11/13/3fcb8a02-86ff-11e5-9a07-453018f9a0ec_story.html

Washington Post, October 11, 2015, p. E3, Galleries, The Drawing Room.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-images-of-history-in-black-and-white-from-a-german-photographer/2015/02/05/de709d6c-aaf7-11e4-ad71-7b9eba0f87d6_story.html

Washington Post, May 25, 2014, reviewing Voyage of Discovery.
http://m.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/galleries-is-it-propaganda-or-is-it-political-art-voyage-of-discovery-alien-fanfare/2014/05/22/2b882558-dfa0-11e3-9442-54189bf1a809_story.html

Huffington Post, ‘Voyage Of Discovery’ Explores Climate Change Through Science And Art, March 16, 2014.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/voyage-of-discovery-climate-change_n_4965030.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Scientific American, ScienceArt on View in March/April 2014, Voyage of Discovery.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/2014/03/04/scienceart-on-view-in-marchapril-2014/

Video: New Art Explores Polar Transformations
http://www.aaas.org/news/new-art-exhibit-explores-polar-transformations

Grist, March 13, 2014, These Artists Will Take You on a Journey to the Melting Arctic, Jessica Zimmerman.
http://grist.org/article/these-artists-will-take-you-on-a-journey-to-the-melting-arctic/

Inhabitat, March 10, 2014, DC’s Voyage of Discovery Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic, Jon Dioffa.
http://inhabitat.com/dcs-voyage-of-discovery-exhibition-explores-climate-change-in-the-arctic/


Residencies/Grants

Artist Fellowship, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, FY 2016, 2017
Art Lives Here/National Endowment for the Arts, 2015
Residency, Zea Mays Printmaking, Northampton, MA, 2015, 2106, 2018
Residency, Greenbelt Center for the Arts, 2005 -6.


Awards

Jurors’ Award, Emulsion, Washington DC
Juror’s Award, Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, 2016
HeART of the City: City Hall Art Collection, Washington DC, 2006
Featured Artist, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Volume 5, No. 4, Autumn 2004
Special Purchase Award, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 2003.
Featured Artist, washingtonart.net, Autumn 2001
Special Purchase Award, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1999
All-Media National Competition, eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, 1999, award
Art League juried shows, Torpedo Factory Gallery, Alexandria VA, 1998–2001, merit award, March 1999
Patron’s Show, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, award, February 1999


Education

B.A., Smith College
JD., Boston University School of Law
Further study at the Corcoran College of Art, Washington DC and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Collections    

HeART of the City: City Hall Collection, Washington DC
District of Columbia Art in Public Places
American Society of Association Executives
Embassy Suites Hotels
National Institutes of Health Clinical Director
The Union of Concerned Scientists
The Sentencing Project


Curating

Zeitgeist IV: Preconceptual, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, March 2017
Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, DC, 2013
HeArt of the Community, Rehoboth Beach, MD, 2013
Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information?, District of Columbia Arts Center, May, 2012, with Sondra Arkin
WaxWorks, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA, Sept–Nov, 2012
Zeitgeist II: What’s Important Now?, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC, 2009, with Sondra Arkin
Studio Gallery members shows, 2009, 2010
Red, sponsored by the Pink Line Project, Washington DC, 2009
Zeitgeist I: Under Surveillance, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington DC, 2008
No Representation, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC, 2007


Teaching

Union of Concerned Scientists Webinar, Communicating Science to Non-Scientists, February 2017
Encaustic workshops, Washington Glass School, my studio and Prince Georges County Arts Program
 

Jurying

Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 2013
Thoreau’s Legacy, Union of Concerned Scientists, 2010
Earth in the Balance, Union of Concerned Scientists, 2008
Art Enables, Washington DC, 2007
 

Boards and Community Service

Union of Concerned Scientists, Board of Directors, 1990–present
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 2014–present
Art Enables, Board of Directors, 2009–2016.
Touchstone Foundation, Board of Directors, 2013–present.
Alchemical Vessels Committee, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Day Eight, Board of Directors, 2010–2011
Artomatic, Board of Directors, 2004–2007, Executive Committee, 1999- 2004. Helped conceive and execute these unique “by-artists-for-artists” events in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007, which bring hundreds of artists together to fill vacant industrial space for 3–6 weeks with art, music, poetry, theater, and the rampant creative spirit.
Touchstone Gallery, 406 Seventh Street, Washington DC, Board of Directors, 2002–2005; President, 2004–2005.
A.Salon, cooperative studio building, Board of Directors, 1999–2000, President, 2001–2.