SLOW ART at Village West Gallery, Jersey City opens October 3rd! by Cathy Ellis

I’m honored to be included in Slow Art curated by Diana Schmertz and Robinson Holloway, the show runs October 3-December 6th with an opening reception on Friday, October 4th. The terrific artist line up is below!


Solo Exhibition FINE EVIDENT opens in Colorado! Reception Friday, Sept 6th. by Cathy Ellis

I’m excited to announce the opening of my solo exhibition, FINE EVIDENT on Monday, August 19th. It runs through September 29th at the White Cube Gallery on the Nalanda Campus of Naropa University, Boulder Colorado. If you’re in the Denver/Boulder Metro area please join me for an artists reception on Friday, September 6th from 5:00 to 7:30pm.

Additional details here:


Open Mind Art Space by Cathy Ellis

Open Mind Art Space is pleased to present its 3rd Annual Anniversary Exhibition, organized by gallery owner and director, Alison Limtavemongkol, and Los Angeles artist and curator Matt Allison. Participating artists will be contributing their work to raise money in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A reception for the benefit will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The exhibition will be on view for a period of two weeks through Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.

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SHE-DEN Feminist Art Exhibition by Cathy Ellis

The small piece below is currently on view at SHE-DEN, an intersectional feminist art exhibition at UCSB. The exhibit is organized by Womanhouse Collective at the Red Barn Project Space and has been extended through April 1st.  Fantastic to be part of this show that brought together grads, undergrads and faculty from the Department of Art working in a huge range of media!  Additional details here, visits by appointment.  


Salt Found Me opens Monday by Cathy Ellis

My upcoming solo exhibition, Salt Found Me opens this Monday, December 4th with a reception from from 4-6pm. If you're in town it would be wonderful to see you there!

Salt Found Me
New Paintings by Cathy Ellis
December 4 - December 15th
Opening Reception is Monday, December 4th, 4-6pm
ARTLAB, Adams Art Complex, Westmont College, Montecito, CA.

(955 La Paz Rd, Montecito, CA 93108, adjacent to Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum)



Anderson Ranch Advanced Study Fellowship by Cathy Ellis

Painting Studios at Anderson Ranch

Painting Studios at Anderson Ranch


This July I spent two weeks at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.  I was awarded a small fellowship to participate in a two week Advanced Painting Mentorship Workshop with Enrique Celaya.  It was a tremendous experience with a great group of people that will influence my paintings for years to come.  Celaya's teaching at the ranch and thoughts on painting have recently been published as On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch.  I highly recommend it.

2013 Imagery Upper Ridge Malbec released and now available for purchase! by Cathy Ellis

Last year artist and Imagery curator Bob Nugent invited me to design a label for the collection at Imagery Winery in Glenn Ellen, CA.  I was honored to participate.  My work was matched with a 2013 Upper Ridge Malbec.  Released this fall, it's amazing.  Stop by my studio for a taste or get your own at the link below.  Be sure to visit Imagery's gallery and tasting room in person if you're in Glenn Ellen, their collection holds labels by luminaries like Judy Pfaff, Sol LeWitt and Terry Winters, plus hundreds of other artists, famous and obscure.  Plus award winning wine, and a permaculture garden.  What more could you want?




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Thirty Painters to Collect, Blueline Sacramento by Cathy Ellis

I'm honored to have been invited by Mary Warner to participate!

Show runs August 21st to October 2nd.

Opening is September 19th at 7pm, details here:

Painter- Painter to Watch

1. Suzanne Adan – Omar Arason
2. Irving Marcus – Julia Stagg
3. Brenda Louie – Amber A. Dias
4. Mary Warner – Cathy Ellis
5. Sarah Flohr – Jeff Mayry
6. Ian Harvey – Mustafa Shaheen
7. Mark Emerson – David Mohr
8. Mick Sheldon – Andrea Arnott
9. Joan Moment – Matthew Debbdaudt
10. Tom Monteith – Sarah Granett
11. William Ishmael – Raphael Delgado
12. Ken Waterstreet – Jim Lenarz
13. David Wetzl – Patrick Marasso
14. Jack Ogden – Anthony Montanino
15. Pat Mahony – Rachelle Agundes

Catalog published for Materialist @Elephant Space Los Angeles by Cathy Ellis

Details and ordering information from Pullstring Press:

Artists: Matt Allison, Cathy Ellis, Alexis Granwell, 
Ryan Carr Johnson, Patrick Melroy, Trish Tillman

Curated by: Megan Mueller and Sam Scharf

“We are the things that know us.”
-Jennifer Doyle

Elephant is pleased to present Materialist, a group exhibition featuring the work of six artists at the forefront of exploring the potential of material as subject. Materialist investigates strategies of production that consider site specificity, function, artifact, and redirection. The materials used by each artist create pluralistic interpretations of the objects as they are presented. Resisting traditional classification, the works exist as both ruin and artifact, serious and whimsical, unresolved and rigorous. While maintaining a transformational ambition, the artists create a tangible energy that derives from the investigations and demands placed upon the materials they’ve chosen. From carrying objects on our backs to presenting previously unknown relationships between materials, this exhibition displays a full range of work that embodies the Materialist


Pulp In Ashes @Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles by Cathy Ellis

Pulp In Ashes
While as a species we begin to say our ‘long goodbye’ to paper, as it becomes a shell of it’s former self, it is healthy to think about what it has been and what it still has to offer. Next month at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles we are holding a party for paper, a get well party.

We wish to celebrate the coming rebirth of paper free from it’s mundane role -as receipts, divorce papers, bills and tabloid newspapers.

In the spirit of Chinese literati paintings, words and images are practically inseparable. Whether the work is born bathing in mist and clouds among monumental mountains, or under the blinding sun amongst swaying palm trees it is welcome. So, great artists, calligraphers, poets and paper-makers please join us.

Carl Baratta, Stephanie Dotson, Cathy Ellis, Sarah Fitzsimons, Chris Forbes, Rashell George, Erin
Harmon, Nathan Hayden, Mikko Keski-Vähälä, David Kilpatrick, Patrick Melroy, Michelle Rozic, Warren Schultheis, Jason Stoops, Jose Teixeira, Christopher Ulivo, Hannah Vainstein and Sarah Weber

DROUGHT RESISTANT at CJM::LA Opening Reception Thursday June 4th by Cathy Ellis


 Curated by Patrick Melroy
 June 1, 2015 - June 31, 2015  
 Reception: June 4, 2015  5-8pm

Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture is sponsoring a summer art series at their Canon Perdido design studio. DROUGHT RESISTANT will feature the works of three women artists who maintain studio practices in Santa Barbara. Each artist will present their work via a solo show for one month during the summer from June to August. The first artist in the series will be Cathy Ellis opening in June.
Cathy Ellis is known for her exceptionally competent compositions and dramatic color combinations.  Her development of subject matter reveals a thoughtful mind at work in the sloppy sticky edges of memory and mistake.  The work lures viewers into it, leaving room for them to fill in the back-story and to build the associations of meaning around the elegant and yet clumpy figures and landscapes.  Like a loud rock power ballad, her work makes big noises about quiet subtle reflections.
Cathy Ellis received her BFA from Sonoma State University and her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014.  She has exhibited nationally, including exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, the Minan Gallery in Los Angeles, Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, 186 Carpenter in Providence, RI, the Sonoma Valley Museum in Sonoma, SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, Trillium Press and Southern Exposure in San Francisco.  She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the 2014 winner of the Howard Fenton Award for Painting.
The three artists in Drought Resistant, Cathy Ellis, Megan Mueller, and Jenalee Harmon, are contemporary experts within their individual disciplines and regularly show their work nationally. The series is curated by Patrick Melroy. The idea for DROUGHT RESISTANT came from a creative conversation between CJM::LA principal Courtney Miller and several artists within the community. The substance of the discussion surrounded the desperate need for more quality venues for contemporary art within the very rich cultural center of Santa Barbara. Miller engaged curator Patrick Melroy who in turn invited three artists who have persevered through the shortage of show space and continued to advance their artistic practice despite not having a lot of room to spread out. The title of the series was entirely the idea of artist MeganMueller.

Cathy Ellis + Megan Mueller: Some other time travel. by Cathy Ellis

For Immediate Release:

Cathy Ellis + Megan Mueller: Some Other Time Travel.


October 6th to October 31st

Napa Gallery, CSUCI Campus, Camarillo, CA

Opening reception

Thursday, October 9th from 6-8pm

free and open to the public


Some Other Time Travel explores place and architecture as sites for escapism, transformation and unexpected humor.


The exhibition is the first in a series that invites students and graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program at UCSB to present their work at CIs Napa Hall Gallery, allowing an exchange of expertise and exhibition space between the two institutions. The collaboration also fosters mentoring relationships between UCSB graduates and CI undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in the fine arts.


Mueller describes her work as “heavily influenced by stand up comedy, the environment, weather, living in other peoples homes as a pet sitter, and the physicality of sculpture.”


Ellis describes her work as “blending idealism and disaster with more everyday concerns like sleeping, work and recreation. Each piece begins with a local landscape or architectural structure”