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Ellen Kozak

Ellen Kozak’s paintings, video work and artists’ books have appeared in national and international exhibitions. She has had many solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. Collections in which her works are found include The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, The New York Public Library and Yale University Sterling Memorial Library among others.

Her artistic influences draw from a diverse background. During undergraduate school at the Massachusetts College of Art, Ellen also apprenticed with sculptor Alfred VanLoen. She was an early explorer of video as a graduate student and fellow at The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. Her video works have been shown in the US and abroad, including on WGBH TV’s Artists’ Showcase, at the Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; the American Center for Students and Artists in Paris, the Osaka Center for Contemporary Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Hudson River Museum and The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery in NYC. After her return from Japan, where she lived and taught between 1982 and 1984, Ellen moved to New York City and following an artists’ residency at Yaddo she began to paint in a studio directly on the west bank of the Hudson River in the Hudson River Valley. Ellen has since had a number of solo exhibits of her paintings and work in video. These include Hudson River Trilogy: Ellen Kozak at The Katonah Museum of Art; two solo exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum: Notations on a River: Ellen Kozak (2001-2002) and riverthatflowsbothways (2018) a 4-channel video installation; at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC; at the Katarina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC; and Site:Sight at Cross Contemporary Art Gallery, Saugerties, NY. For twenty-three years Ellen was Professor CCE at Pratt Institute. She has taught at Princeton, UMASS and Seian Art University.

Painting on-site is the cornerstone of Ellen’s practice. In 2012 and 2019 her residencies in Auvillar, France, provided her with a studio on the bank of the Garonne River where she painted and continued working with video. Ellen has studios in New York City and in the Hudson River Valley.


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