Barbara Ellmann was born in Michigan and lives and works in New York. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country and beyond including the Haslla Art World Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum and the Parrish Art Museum. Ellmann has been a teaching artist at Lincoln Center Education (formerly Institute) since 1980. A consultant for universities, orchestras, theaters, private schools, and arts programs, she conducts professional development for teaching artists and faculty members. Currently, she is also a museum educator at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum; she teaches encaustic workshops for R&F Handmade Paints in her Long Island City Studio.

Ellmann’s work is in numerous corporate and private collections including NYU Langone Medical Center; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Peter Norton; Peter J. Sharp Foundation; Leonard Nimoy; Four Seasons Hotel and Resort; Marrakech; Morocco; Haslla Art World Museum, Gangneung-Si, So Korea; and the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda. Her traveling exhibition, AN OPEN BOOK, Work by Barbara Ellmann, curated by Sophia Marisa Lucas, combines her work as an artist and educator and was most recently shown in Palm Desert, CA in 2016.


2016       AN OPEN BOOK 2, Marks Center Gallery, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA
2014       AN OPEN BOOK, RCVA, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2011       Game Boards, Haslla Art World Museum, Jeongdongjin, Gang-Neung Si, South Korea

2010       WHAT I SAW: Paintings from the Hermitage, Gulf Coast, Florida, Tomasulo Gallery, Union County

College, Cranford, NJ


Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY

2002       Game Boards, 80 Washington Square East, NYC, NY

1997       Game Boards, The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY

1992       New Horse Work, Winkler Galleries, Sutter Creek, CA

1986       Horses, Elan Gallery, Bismarck, ND

1982       Hanky Collages and Altar Constructions, Mythology, NYC, NY

1980       Two Cows, Harriman College, Harriman, NY



2013        HOW YOU GONNA GET BACK TO JERSEY?, Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY

2012        Super Saturated: Pigment and Pattern, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY

Textility, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2011        Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

2006        Fragments, Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

2005        Wax: Encaustic Techniques in Contemporary Art, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA

Color and Form, Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

Intimate Abstraction, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL

2004        Drawn to the Present, Pace University Gallery, Pleasantville, NY

Pattern Into Pattern, New York Law School, NYC, NY

2003        Surface, Matter, & Artifice, Dutchess Community College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie,NY

2002        4 Square, Gallery Korea, NYC, NY

2001        Over Times Squared, Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC, NY

Encaustic, Encaustic…, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

2000        Contemporary Mandalas, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT

1999        Encaustic Works 1999, Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY

Game Show, The Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Summer Exhibition, The Painting Center, NYC, NY

Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America, The Montclair Art Museum and traveling to

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Cross Purposes, Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ

1998        Art as Spectacle, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

Pet Shop, Nicholas Davies Gallery, NYC, NY

1997        Contemporary Visions, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

1991        Faith Nightingale Gallery, San Diego, CA

Winkler Galleries, Sutter Creek, CA

1987        Santa Fe Institute of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Hudson Gallery, NYC, NY

Animals ‘R Us, Kraine Club Gallery, NYC, NY

1986        Artist Books Invitational, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

1984        Image Pilgrimage, The Court Gallery, NYC, NY

1982        Mixed Bag, Alternative Museum, NYC, NY

1981        Re: Pages, New England for the Arts Touring Exhibition, RI, MA, CT, NH

1980        10 Downtown, NYC, NY



2006 THE VIEW FROM HERE, Commissioned by the NYC MTA’s Arts For Transit Program for

the Van Siclen Avenue Station on the Jamaica Line in Brooklyn, NY. Fabricated by

Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Installed 2007. also here

2004 WHILE WAITING, Commissioned by the City of Summit, NJ. Fabricated by Willet

Hauser Architectural Glass. Installed March 2006. also here

2003 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE, Commissioned by NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs

Percent For Art Program,The Queens Borough Public Library, and NYC’s Department of

Design and Construction. Kostow Greenwood Architects. Installed April 2006. also here



2014        NYU Forum on the Teaching Artist, Exemplary Teaching Artist Award, NYU Tisch School of Art,


Public Lecture, AN OPEN BOOK, Work By Barbara Ellmann, Western Michigan University,

Kalamazoo, MI

2011        International Artist Symposium, Haslla Art World Museum, Jeongdongjin, Gang-Neung Si,

South Korea

2010        The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL

1999        Gallery Talk, The Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

1998        Juror’s Award – Thema Golden, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

1986        Slide Lecture, Elan Gallery, Bismarck, ND

1983        Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY



Kristen Hwang, “AN OPEN BOOK 2, engages desert students with art,” The Desert Sun, February 25, 2016.

E. Ashley Rooney, Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016.

William Ayres and Sandra Bloodworth, New York’s Underground Art Museum, The Monacelli Press, 2014.

Alan Amtzis and Alexandra Miletta, “Interview with Jean E. Taylor and Barbara Ellmann,” The Educational Forum, 78: 389-400, 2014.

Joanne Mattera, “Affinities: Fiber and Wax,” Surface Design Journal, Winter 2011.

Marylou Morano, “Nature Inspires Artist’s Mixed Media Exhibit,” The Westfield Leader, January 6, 2011.

Daniella Woolf, Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility, Waxy Buildup Press, 2010.

Margaret Krug, An Artist’s Handbook, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2007.

Cindy Stockton Moore, “Missing Train, Catching Art,” The New York Sun, April 16, 2007, p.2.

Joyce Shelby, “Subway Art Glowin’ in the Wind,” New York Daily News, February 13, 2007, p.10.

Eleanor Heartney, City Art, New York’s Percent for Art Program, Merrell, 2005.

Joanna Arettam, Spirit Maps, Red Wheel / Weiser, 2001.

Faye Hirsch, “Working Proof,” Art On Paper, Vol. 6, No. 1, September – October 2001.

Joanne Mattera,The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax, Watson-Guptill,2001.

David Pagel, New American Talent 15 (Catalog), Texas Fine Art Association, Austin, TX, February 2000.

Kay Turner, Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women’s Altars, Thames & Hudson, 1999.

Robin Updike, “Game Show,” The Seattle Times, November 26, 1999, p. H1.

Holland Cotter, “A Garden of Subjects, Materials and Styles Across New Jersey,” New York Times, July 30, 1999, p. 36.

Gail Stavitsky, Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America (catalog), Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, May, 1999.

Marion Filler, “Crucifixion continues to inspire works of art,” Daily Record, Morris County, New Jersey, March 13, 1999, p. B7.

Vivien Raynor, “A Sense of the Spectacle and Its Place in Society,” New York Times, Sunday, May 10, 1998.

Kathi Norklun, “Games people paint,” Woodstock Times, December 25, 1997, p. 23.

Barbara Ellmann, “Where I Live” and “Water Carrier” (about ladders), Calyx, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Vol. 17:2, No Winter, 1997.

Wendy Martin, ed. Photo Essay on Barbara Ellmann’s Sculpture, Women’s Studies, Claremont, CA. December 1995.

Women Sculptors of the 90’s, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY, December 1995.

Kay Turner, “Barbara Ellmann — Altars,” lady-unique-inclination-of-the-night, Cycle 6, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Autumn, 1983.

Mixed Bag (catalog), Alternative Museum, New York, NY, 1982.

Marcia Pally, Review of installation piece, Instep, September15 – November 1, 1981.

Gary Richman,Re:Pages. An Exhibition of Contemporary American Bookworks, Hera Educational FDN / New England Foundation for the Arts, 1981.



Acumen Capital Partners, LLC
Banner Estrella Medical Center, AZ
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Centre Solutions, Bermuda
City of Summit, NJ
Four Seasons Hotel and Resort Marrakech, Morocco
Judge Alan C. Marin
Leonard Nimoy
New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority
NYU Langone Medical Center
Peter Norton
Peter J. Sharp Foundation
Queens Borough Public Library
United States Embassy, Kampala, Uganda
Walter Scheuer


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