Ellen Wagener was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, and grew up in nearby DeWitt. She received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1989. She worked and taught in Iowa for many years and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, U.S. Art in Embassies, U.S. Capital Rotunda and in group exhibitions across the country. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Figge Art Museum, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Dubuque Museum of Art. She has completed commissioned works for the U.S. 9th District Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tifffany Foundation in 2007.
Ellen Wagener Gallery
While her renderings of fields and trees have a tactile quality, the skies are always elusive. The warm tones of the land against the cool colors of the sky are depicted in endless variations, whether spring, summer, fall, or winter. Her ability to capture the color, light, shapes and textures of nature allows us to feel the cultivated land, to marvel at the endless diversity of the sky, and to share in her unique and mysterious encounter with nature.