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Ellen Kozak

Ellen Kozak is a painter who also works in video and with artists’ books. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. Collections in which her works are found include 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.

Ellen 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, with a solo exhibition opening at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ in 2025. She has also exhibited at WGBH TV’s Artists’ Showcase, the Koelnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Germany, and the American Center for Students and Artists in Paris, and she has done solo shows at the Osaka Center for Contemporary Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, and the Hudson River Museum.

After her return from Japan, where she lived and taught between 1982 and 1984, Ellen moved to New York City. Following an artists’ residency at Yaddo, she began to work in a studio directly on the Hudson River’s western shoreline in New Baltimore, NY, where through her sightings of the Riverkeeper patrol boat, she discovered the work of Riverkeeper and became a Riverkeeper member. As an artist, water has been her subject for many years.

Ellen has also exhibited with the Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo, NY; the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in NYC; the Katarina Rich Perlow Gallery in NYC; Cross Contemporary Art Gallery in Saugerties, NY; and the David Richard Gallery in NYC, which represents her work. Ellen was Professor CCE at Pratt Institute for twenty-three years, and she has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Massachusetts, and Seian Art University.


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