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Ellen Wallenstein
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

ARTIST STATEMENT: I majored in Art History in college, with an interest in Netherlandish Arts and of course the Renaissance. Many classic portraits, found in my collection of de-accessioned art books, have been in the back of my mind since. In May and June 2014 I had the privilege of being the Artist-in_Residence a studio at the Leonard Covello Center in East Harlem. I brought those pictures with me to my studio. I started by taping a few portraits on the wall and drawing the faces on brown paper. They became my Muses as well as my subject matter. I spent a good amount of time in their presence and felt very fond and even possessive of them. I used a xerox machine to copying the reproductions onto 100% cotton paper. At first I cut and wove them with themselves, then I started combining them with other faces, crossing the centuries. The collages changed artist by artist and week by week. This portfolio is a cross-section of that work.”

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1 University Place #16N
New York, New York 10003

MFA in Photography, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1978
BA in Art History, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY, 1974
Hunter College High School, 1970

Adjunct Full Professor, Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY, 2002 - present
Adjunct Photography Professor, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1986 - present
Workshop Instructor, MPS Digital Program, School of Visual Arts since 2010
Contributing Writer, AmericanSuburbX 2014 - present
Book Reviewer, Fraction Magazine 2009 - present
Artist-in-Residence, Covello Center for the Aging, East Harlem May-June 2014
Hospital Artist-in-Residence, The Creative Center NYC 2003 -2006
Photo Archivist, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, 1988 - 1990
Photo Archivist, Museum of the City of New York, 1986 - 1988
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Art Department, 1978 - 1985
Photographer, Sharir Dance Company, Austin, Texas 1982 - 1983
Teaching Assistant, Art History, Pratt Institute 1978
Part-time Assistant to W. Eugene Smith, Photographer, New York, NY, 1977

Bio listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”
Faculty Development Award, Pratt Institute, 2006 & 2011
Nominated for Santa Fe Prize in Photography, 2011
Critical Mass Finalist 2009 & 2013
NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Photography Fellow 2008
Finalist, Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography, 2000
Visiting Artist, Ellis Island Project, Montclair State College, NJ, 1988
Women Studio Workshop grant to publish artist book, “A Game of Chess” 1986
Innovative Teaching Grants, University of Texas at Austin, 1982-83
Ford Foundation Grant, University of Texas at Austin, 1981
Pratt Institute Fellowship, 1976



2105 “Women in Art History” collages, Carter Burden Gallery, Chelsea NYC
2104 20 Collages from “Women in Art History” Leonard Covello Center, East Harlem
2013 “Respecting My Elders”, National Arts Club, NYC (slide lecture)
2012 “Ellen Wallenstein Portraits”, Penumbra Foundation NYC
2011 “Respecting My Elders”, Pictorial Photographers of America (slides/lecture)
2009 “Opus for Anne, A Still Life”, Professional Women Photographers, NYC
and Camera Club of New York/School of Visual Arts
2007 “Opus for Anne” A Still Life”, Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement, NYC
2006 “Director’s Cut”, Aperture Foundation Online Gallery
2005 “Opus: Anne’s Windows”, Creative Center Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
1989 “Winners”- hand-colored photos from the Parks Archive, Arsenal Gallery, NYC
“Dream Images”, Camera Club of New York, NYC
1988 “Dream Images” 92nd Streey Y Gallery NYC (2 person show)
1984 “Wedding Photographs”, Alcove Gallery, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
1983 “Dance Photographs”, Houston Jewish Center & Accent Photo Gallery, Austin TX
1981 “Children & Other Fantasies”, Transact Theater, Austin, Texas
1980 “Ellen Wallenstein - Photographs”, Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center,
Southwestern University, Georgetown,TX

2015 “What Is A Portrait”, Ripe Gallery, Huntington NY
2014 “What You See Is What You Get”, Carter Burden Gallery, Chelsea NYC
2012-13 “An Inventory of Al Mutanabbi Street”, Baghdad Museum, Iraq & international venues, Center for Book Arts NYC and Columbia University Library
2011 ”The Photograph Un/Framed” Center for Book Arts, NYC
“Crossing Disciplines: Books” Schaefler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
2009 “Artseen” Frederick Petzel Gallery, NYC
2008 “Reunion”: Work by Pratt Alumni, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 “Bienal di Arte Contemporaneo”, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain
“The Artist & The Book” Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, NY
2005 “Women of the Book” U. of Miami; Rutgers University, Camden NJ
2004 “SVA Photo Bookworks- A Selection 2002-4”, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC
2003 “Dreams & Nightmares”, Alison Palmer Gallery, Bantam, CT
“DivRcity” Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, NYC
2002 “Soho Photo Auction”, Buhl Foundation Benefit show, NYC
“My Life, My City”, (Kiboko Workshop shows) NYC & St. Petersburg, Russia
2000 Group Show, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove, Fire Island NY
1998 “Women of the Book”, traveling Nationally/Internationally thru 2005
1996 “Mysterious Worlds”, Center for Book Arts, NYC
1990 “Visiting Photographers Exhibition”, Ellis Island Museum, NYC
1989 “Selected Photographs”, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
“24 Exposures”, Union Square Gallery, NYC
“Signatures: Bookworks by Women”, Center for Book Arts, NYC
1988 “Fun & Games”, Center for Book Arts, NYC
1987 “Visions: New Photography”, Puchong Gallery, NYC
“Homage to Man Ray”, Puchong Gallery, NYC
“Visions of Eros”, Philip Stansbury Gallery, NYC
1986 “New American Talent” Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
“Ten Texas Photographers” Abilene Fine Arts Center, TX
“National Exhibition of Handmade Books” TX Women’s Univ., Denton, TX
1985 “Contemporary Photoworks” Albuquerque, NM
“Light Sensitive IV” University of Florida, Gainesville, FLA.
“Architectural Elements: Clay & Silver” Ohio State University, OH
1984 “Texas Women Photographers”, Canon Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1983 “Looking Inward: Photographers Photograph Themselves”, Photowork Gallery, Austin TX
1982 “Ten Women: Ten Artists” Diseno Gallery, Austin TX
“Three Photographers: The Human Presence”, Waco Art Center, Waco TX
1980 “4th Annual Small Works Show” New York University, NY
1978 “Works on Paper, Southwest”, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX
1977 “The Nude” Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“i” by Eamonn Doyle, book review AmericanSuburbX
“Up Close & Personal” exhibition review, AmericanSuburbX projects.html
“Land Line” by Michael Schmellling, book review AmericanSuburbX 2014.html
“Disquiet” by Amani Willet, book review Fraction Magazine online
“My Dakota” by Rebecca Norris Webb, book review, Fraction Magazine online
“The Bridge at Hoover Dam by Jamey Stillings”, book review, Fraction Magazine online
Both Fall 2011 PDNedu and “Project X”
“Photographic Growth Spurt “(2 Boston high schools)
“A Taste for Images” (SVA Class with W.m. Hunt and A. Brez -
“One To Nothing” by Irina Rozovsky book review Fraction Magazine online
Issue 30
“Regeneration2: Tomorrows Photographers Today” Fraction Magazine online
Issue 21
“The Black Eye” photographs by Michal Chelbin, Fraction Magazine online
Issue 18
“Danny Lyon - Photographs 1962 - 1987”, feature, Afterimage, Vol 15 No 8 March 88
“Vanity Fair”, book review, Feine Leute, 111 Photographien der Jahre 1979 bis 1985 by Herlinde Koebl, Afterimage, Vol 14 No 5 Dec 1986 pp 19-20
“Larry Clark - Outlaw No More”, feature, review of Teenage Lust and interview
Spot, Houston Center for Photography, Vol 3 No 3 Fall 1984 pp14-17
“Shutter Satires”- review of Hollis Frampton exhibit,
Austin American-Statesman, SecG p3 8/8/85
“Fritz Henle’s Perspective” New York Photo District News, May 1985
“Focus: Austin” - feature, New York Photo District News, Vol 4 No 2 Nov 1984
“The Writer’s Image, Literary portraits” by Jill Krementz, book review,
Photoletter, Vol 5 No 1 Spring 1984
“Energy, Impulse & Yacov Sharir”, feature & photographs,
Third Coast Magazine Vol 2 March 1983
“The Ties that Bind” photography review, Artweek, Vol 12 No 41, pp 11-12, Dec 1981

Contemplate, Issue One, Autumn 2001, pp 4, 6-7, Issue Two, p 11
The Sun, July 2001, May 2002, July 2002, Sept. 2005, May 2006, August 2009
“Looking Glass Lives”, feature, photographs, Metrosource Magazine Winter 1999
(nominated for a 2000 Eisenstadt award, portrait category)
“Energy, Impulse & Yacov Sharir”, feature article and photographs,
Third Coast Magazine , March 1983
“Autoperformance Issue” The Drama Review (NYU) Volume 23 March 1979
(photos of dancer Deborah Hay)

Austin History Center, Austin, TX
The Brooklyn Museum, NY
Center for Creative Photography, W.E. Smith Collection; Tucson, AZ
Ellis Island Museum, NY
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FLA.
Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
Museum of the City of New York, NY
Performing Arts Library, Lincoln Center, NY
Pfizer, Inc. Art Collection, NYC
Russell Lee Collection, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos TX
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
Private Collections

2013 “Respecting My Elders”, self-published through
2009 “Dead Men Circa 1881” , Blurb books
2007 “Pocketbook of Drag Queens”, Blurb books
1986 “A Game of Chess”, Women’s Studio Workshop

2014 “Portraiture in the 21st Century” Ochosi Editions, Benedictine University, Illinois
2014 “Brighton Beach Pictured”, Brighton Beach BID, Brooklyn NY
2013 “Baked, Boiled & Fried” photographs by Emily Larsen, SVA Student Gallery
2012 “Tahata” SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) MFA show and book
2010 “Together Yet A Part” photographs by Patricia Voulgaris, SVA Student Gallery
“The Cherry Project” photographs by B-Rad Izzy, SVA Student Gallery
2009 “Ties” photographs by Stephen Pacuk, SVA Student Gallery
2006 “Black & White Delight” (4 students) SVA Student Gallery
2004 “Photo Bookworks – A Selection” Visual Arts Gallery, Chelsea NYC
1990 “Picturing Brooklyn” photos from the NYC Parks Dept. Archive, Boathouse Gallery, Prospect Park
1989 “Winners” hand-colored photos from the NYC Parks Dept Archive- Arsenal Gallery NYC and The Boathouse, Central Park
1988 “Now & Then: Camera Club of New York” City Gallery, NYC
1984 “Selected Portfolios” Texas Photographic Society, Austin Texas
1983 “Looking Inward: Photographers Photograph Themselves” Photowork gallery Austin Texas
1977 “The Nude” Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Born October 11, 1952, New York City
Married, no children

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