12/12/2016 - 01/08/2017
Ellen Jantzen was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. Her early college years were spent obtaining a degree in graphic arts; later emphasizing fine art.
Ellen spent two years at FIDM (the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in downtown Los Angeles. Here, she obtained her advanced degree in 1992. After a few years working in the industry, including several years at Mattel Toy Company as a senior project designer, she became disillusioned with the corporate world and longed for a more creative outlet. Having been trained in computer design while at Mattel, Ellen continued her training on her own using mostly Photoshop software.
As digital technology advanced and the newer cameras were producing excellent resolution, Ellen found her perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in her current explorations in photo inspired art using both a camera to capture staged assemblages and a computer to alter and manipulate the pieces. Ellen has been creating works that bridge the world of prints, photography and collage.
Ellen is currently represented by
Susan Spiritus of the Susan Spiritus Gallery: http://www.susanspiritusgallery.com Bruno David of the Bruno David Gallery: http://www.brunodavidgallery.com
Qlick Editions, Amsterdam: http://www.qlickeditions.com/
FIRST PLACE WINNER (Fine Art, Special Effects Category) Moscow International Foto Awards
LONGLISTED for the Aesthetica Art Prize (exhibited 04/14 - 05/29)
HONORABLE MENTION (Fine Art Category) for my piece “Committed to Memory, 2 - International Color Awards, 9th Annual
WINNER of the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award honoring women in photography. Only 15 women were chosen world-wide by juror Laura Noble, UK.
WINNER-Alternative Process Category in the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award
HONORABLE MENTION WINNER at the 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards with in Abstract Category for my piece “Finale”
HONORABLE MENTION (Fine Art Category) for my series "Unity of Time and Place" in the London International Creative Contest
SILVER AWARD WINNER for my piece, "A Resonant Chill" in Art Forward Contest, #3
2ND PLACE, MERIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD, International Color Awards, 8th Annual
GRANT-2014 INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AWARD from the Santo Foundation, St. Louis Missouri
HONORABLE MENTION (Special Effects), in the Moscow International Foto Awards for my series "Place of Departure"
WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris awarded First Prize (Gold Medal) in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced category for my newest series "Places of Departure".
GOLD MEDAL AWARD, in the San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, curated by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography... for my piece "Let The Others Follow"
HONORABLE MENTION, in Natural World exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography for my photo “Harmonic Progression”
HONORABLE MENTION, in The Life/Framer Beauty in Life exhibition for my photo “Remaining a Mystery”
NOMINEE, for the 5th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers (Fine Arts Category).
HONORABLE MENTION, in The Texas Photographic Society's 26th Annual Members' Only show for my photo "Reaching The In-between"
WINNER, Landscape Section, in the Spring Awards at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris awarded First Prize in category Fine Art, for the series "Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature".... chosen from thousands of entries from 85 countries.
WPGA Gallery of Photographers, selected for a year's representation and website for winning several weekly contests
TOP 20, BEST SUBMITTED PHOTOS: FINE ART, in the 2013 Raymond Weil International Photo Competition for my photo "In The Field of Gold"
CONTEMPORARY IMAGEMAKERS, 1st INDUCTEE, in the PhotoMedia Center's "Contemporary Imagemakers Program 2013".
FIRST PLACE, SINGLE IMAGE: FINE ART, in 2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition. FotoWeekDC runs from November 9-18th.
SHORT LISTED, For my series "Transplanting Reality; Transforming Nature" from the London International Creative Competition, LICC
BRONZE AWARD; International Loupe Awards (Illustrative category) for my photo "In The Field Of Gold"
HONORABLE MENTION, in PWP’s 37th Anniversary International Women’s Call for Entry, for my photo “In The Field of Gold”
FOUR HONORABLE MENTIONS, in WPGA's 2nd Urban & Country Landscape Competition for photos from my series "Transplanting Reality; Transforming Nature"
HONORABLE MENTION, (digitally enhanced) for my series "Transplanting Reality; Transforming Nature" from IPA (International Photography Awards)
HONORABLE MENTION, in the PX3 Prix De La Photographie, Paris. Was Awarded in the Professional Fine Art/Digitally Manipulated category for the entry
entitled, "Transplanting Reality ." The jury selected winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.
Awarded an ADORATION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Adore Noir magazine. GRIFFIN AWARD, in the Griffin Museum of Photography's 18th Juried Exhibition by
juror Paul Kopeikin.
TOP TEN AWARD, in WIPI's (Women in Photography International) 2012 Annual Juried Competition Exhibition.
BRONZE AWARD, in Epson's International Pano Awards in the category, Nature.
THIRD PLACE, composites category in PWP's (Professional Women Photographers) 36th International Women's Exhibition. 2011
1ST PLACE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (digitally enhanced), at Px3, Prix De La Photographie, Paris. Px3 is Europe's biggest and most prestigious photography competition.
2011 BLACK & WHITE & COLOR, from Women in Photography International. My photo, “Mystify” won 2nd place in the Portrait category selected by Susan Spiritus, director of Susan Spiritus Gallery in Newport Beach, California. On-line gallery debuts January 10th.
BRONZE AWARD In recognition of excellence in the category of "People and Portrait" in the 2011 International Loupe Awards.
MID-CAREER PHOTOGRAPHER FOR OCTOBER; Texas Photographic Society for my body of work, Reality of Place, chosen by Kenda North. The work will appear in an upcoming blurb book.
SILVER HONORABLE MENTION for my photo/art piece, "California/04/13/1:43PM" from the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in their Urban and Country Landscape Contest
HONORABLE MENTION for my piece “Back to Nature” from the Center for Fine Art Photography’s exhibition, NATURAL WORLD
Recent Invitational Exhibitions
BERLIN FOTO BIENNALE, at Plazazzo Italia, Berlin - October 6-30 during the European Month of Photography
INVITATIONAL MOSCOW, at Na Kashirke Art Gallery, Moscow July 20-August 7th 2015
DEPTH OF FIELD, curated by RfotoFolio at Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, AZ September 8 - October 24
SUMMER SHOW, At Qlick Editions, Amsterdam. July 27-August 29
"and / or" A Group Exhibition, at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis Missouri, May 1-August 22.
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA. 05/02
POINT & SHOOT, solo exhibition at Qlick Editions, Amsterdam, opening March 6
ART:314, at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Missouri, November 14.
ELLEN JANTZEN, solo exhibition at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St. Louis Missouri, August 29 - September 26
PORTRAIT/PROCESS Exhibition, at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Musuem, St. Louis Missouri, June 19-Sept 28.
OVERVIEW_2014, at the Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis Missouri, May 9 - June 21st
PROJECT ROOM, at the Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis Missouri.
PHOTO LA, featured in the Susan Spiritus Gallery booth, January 16-19
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA. 04/26
TRANSCENDING REALITY, at the Bruno David Gallery, November 1-30 2013, St. Louis Missouri.
ALIVE Moving Nature, at Laguna College of Art + Design, November 7 - December 19, 2013, Laguna Beach California
FEAR AND LOATHING, by Kate Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art, sponsored by Art Photo Index at Photo Eye Santa Fe.
THE LIGHT FACTORY 31ST ANNUAL ART AUCTION, fundraising efforts for the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography, Saturday, Nov. 23
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA. May 11.
THE LIGHT FACTORY 31ST ANNUAL ART AUCTION, fundraising efforts for the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography, Saturday, Nov. 17
GROUP SHOW - QLICK EDITIONS, a five person show to open the gallery season in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
LOSING REALITY; REALITY OF LOSS, a solo exhibition of my work at the C-Train Gallery at Washington University's School of Medicine, St. Louis MO. February - May
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA. March 17.
THE LIGHT FACTORY 30TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION, fundraising efforts for the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography, Saturday, Nov. 19
LIFE-SUPPORT JAPAN, fund raising sale for the Japan earthquake, tsunami relief effort, headed up by the WallSpace Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA. April 30.
MID-CAREER ARTIST FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, the Texas Photographic Society
THE LIGHT FACTORY 29TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION, November 20, at The Light Factory, Charlotte NC
GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE BENEFIT AUCTION, October 4
INCOGNITO, fund raising exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
Recent Juried Exhibitions
TRANSITIONS, at Edition One, Santa Fe NM; hosted by the America Society of Media Photographers. Opens October 11th.
TRANSIENCE, La Photo Curator's on-line exhibition
THE FENCE, an outdoor photography series, my work featured on the New Mexico
Photographer Showcase, opening July 9th
THE FRONTIER, at The New Mexico History Museum. Work selected by CENTER of Santa Fe. Opening June 10 - 30th
TRANSITIONAL LANDSCAPES at The Center For Fine Art Photography, May 6 - June 10, 2016, Curated by Natasha Egan
WINTER PICTURES, online at Humble Arts Foundation 2015
ILLUMINATE at The Center For Fine Art Photography, December 4 - January 23, 2016, Curated by Elizabeth Avedon
MEMORIES, STORIES, HISTORIES with juror Amy Galpin at the Center For Fine Art Photography, November 6-28
SoHo PHOTO NATIONAL COMPETITION Curated by Elizabeth Avedon at the SohoPhoto Gallery, New York, NY, July 8 - 27th
NEXT (New Photographic Visions), Curated by Elizabeth Avedon at the Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, NC, November 7 - December 20.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL Photography Exhibition at Gallery Photographica, August 10-24
LIAR, LIAR at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery, February 21 - March 15 NATURAL WORLD at the Center For Fine Art Photography, April 12 - May 27th
26TH ANNUAL MEMBERS' ONLY SHOW at The Texas Photographic Society
for my photo "Reaching The In-between"
MYSTERIOUS VISIONS: DREAMS, FANTASIES AND MIRAGES at the PhotoPlace Gallery, April 23 - May 18th
STORIES, MEMORIES AND HISTORIES at the Center for Fine Art Photography, March 29th-April 27th
2012/2013 - GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT at OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA, juror Susan Spiritus. December 1 - January 12.
FOTOWEEKDC INTERNATIONAL AWARDS COMPETITION
on display during FotoWeekDC November 9-18, at the Warner Center. My photo “In The Field of Gold” won First Place, Fine Art Photography.
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS at PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, jurors Elizabeth Corden and Jan Pott - October 30 - November 20.
GREEN at the Center For Fine Art Photography, on display in the Center's online gallery and physical gallery from October 26 – November 24, 2012 with artists' reception on November 2 from 6-9pm.
ILLUSIONS at the Center For Fine Art Photography, juror Terry Etherton chose my photo "Immeasurable": on display in the Center's online gallery and physical gallery from August 3rd – September 1st, 2012 with artists' reception on August 3rd from 6-9pm.
GRIFFIN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY'S 18TH JURIED EXHIBITION, juror Paul Kopeikin chose my photo "The Maturing Season" for the Griffin Award. Exhibition July 19 - Sept. 2
WIPI'S (WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNATIONAL) 2012 ANNUAL JURIED COMPETITION EXHIBITION, juror Susan Spiritus chose my photo "Transplanting Reality" for a Top Ten Award.
31ST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S EXHIBITION from PWP (Professional Women Photographers at .NO Gallery, New York, May 2012
DREAMS, at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. December 2, through January 7th, 2012. My photo "Without A Trace, 2" was selected by Aline Smithson.
TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 25TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW January 9, Show opens at the Options Gallery at Odessa College.
WONDERLAND: PHOTOGRAPHIC FANTASIES, at Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT 05753, Juror Blue Mitchell July 19 - August 13th
SPEAK FOR THE TREES, at the Orange Coast College
Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa CA. July 8 – August 12
17TH JURIED, at the Griffin Museum of Photography, juror Debra Klomp Ching On display June 29th - August 29th
EARTH THROUGH A LENS, Digital display at California Museum of Photography.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, at the Hinterland Artspace, Denver CO. Part of Month Of Photography.
March 26 - April 29
PORTRAITS, at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. March 4 - 25
POSE AND GESTURE, at PhotoPlace Gallery at the Vermont Photography Workplace. February 1- 26th.
2011 BLACK & WHITE & COLOR, from Women in Photography International. My photo, “Mystify” won 2nd place in the Portrait Category
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, Issue #16 Chaos
FUBIZ, October; Featuring my series "Coming Into Focus"
NEW MEDIA,TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS, “Understanding Digitally-altered Photographs through Photographers’ Views of Reality”. A case study of Ellen Jantzen’s Reality Projects.
COOPH, April Issue, featuring my series “Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature”
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, Issue #14 Science
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/42, Spring THE HAND, Issue #12, April
THE HAND MAGAZINE #10, Featured artist
BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 2015, by the publishers of Photographer's Forum Magazine
NAKID MAGAZINE, Feature; "Between This Life and The Next"
L'OEIL de la PHOTOGRAPHIE, Weekend portfolio
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/39, Summer
FRACTION MAGAZINE, Issue #74 (May), 7th Anniversary Issue
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, Issue #11 Vanity
ITCH, The Creative Journal from South Africa, Issue #14
PHOTOGRAPHIZE MAGAZINE, Issue #25-Feature article
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, Issue #10 Ritual
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/37, Winter 14/15
BEST OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 2014, by the publishers of Photographer's Forum Magazine
F-STOP MAGAZINE, Issue #66 (On The Road)
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, July 3 Interview: "Emerging Artist Interview: Ellen Jantzen"
MUSÉE MAGAZINE, Issue #9 Temptation.
UMTER, Online Photography and Visual Arts Space July - Featuring my series "Place of Departure"
Ellen Jantzen: TRANSCENDING REALITY, by Bruno David Gallery Publicaitons
THE HAND, Issue #4, April
TONELIT MAGAZINE, 1st Anniversary editon features my "Place of Departure" series
SPLENDID, Celebrating the Good in Life, Feature article on my "Disturbing the Spirits" series.
INSIGHT, Volume 7, Contemporary Image Making
HIGHLIKE BOOKS, sponsored by the File Festival
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/35, Summer 2014
PDN, Photo District News; Emerging Photographers, Spring 2014
RFOTO FOLIO, Interview- January
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/34, Spring 2014
MY MODERN METROPOLIS , Digitally Altered Trees Resemble Ghostly Spirits, November 28th
HUNGRY GHOST COLLECTIVE , Ten Questions With Ellen Jantzen, November 27th
RIVERFRONT TIMES , St. Louis Photographer “Disturbs Reality”, November 22nd
ITCH , Transplanting Reality, Transforming Nature, October 24th
PHOTOGRAPHER’S FORUM MAGAZINE , Finalist in the 33rd Annual Spring Contest 2013
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/32, Autumn 2013
TRIBE MAGAZINE, Issue #21 featuring my "Disturbing The Spirits" series.
LANCIA TrendsVision "Trees, nature and mysticism. These are the protagonists of series "Disturbing the Spirits", an experiment of Ellen Jantzen at a crossroads between photography, collage and digital manipulation."
VISUAL ARTBEAT MAGAZINE - Art Projects section, features my "Disturbing The Spirits" series Tuesday September 16th
CLICKBLOG, Italy features my "Disturbing The Spirits" series Thursday, September 12th
TONELIT MAGAZINE, Issue 4 features my "Disturbing The Spirits" series.
THE PARIS REVIEW, Thursday, August 29th
LENSCRATCH, Sunday, August 25 featuring my new series "Disturbing the Spirits"
THE SHPILMAN INSTITUTE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, blog featured "Disturbing the Spirits", August 22nd
THE TRUTH OF BEAUTY, blog by Michael Werner, featuring "Disturbing the Spirits", August 7th.
ELIZABETH AVEDON BLOG, featuring "Disturbing the Spirits", July 31st.
ST.LOUIS MAGAZINE, Interview “Talking With St. Louis Artist, Ellen Jantzen” June 26, 2013
F-STOP MAGAZINE, Issue #59 (True/False)
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/31, Summer 2013
PATTERN/PRINTS JOURNAL, Wednesday, April 17 issue; "Textures and Structures into PatternForms"
CREATIVE QUARTERLY/29, Winter 2013
Le Journal de la Photographie, March 6 featuring my photo series:
LENSCRATCH, Thursday, February 14 issue; self-portraits
Le Journal de la Photographie, February 14th featuring my photo "Sweet
Dreaming" In their Valentine's Day, Love Pictures issue
LENSCRATCH, Tuesday, January 22 issue; feature article on my work
DESIGN WORLD, January 21 issue; feature article on my work, Konstverk Omvandlar
Naturen Med Hjälp av Träd
Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure (arts/literature journal), Exposure No. 105: Ghost Writer
LENSCRATCH (photography blog) The 4th Annual FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS of 2012 Exhibition
F-Stop Magazine, Issue #56 (The Landscape Issue)
Tribe Magazine, Issue #10 (International Creative Arts Magazine)
Le Journal de la Photographie, November 7 featuring my photo series: "Ghost Writer"
Only Designed, featuring my work "Transforming Nature Art by Ellen Jantzen"
Self-Contained, A photography book Curated by Christopher Paquette (PHOTO/arts Magazine).
My photo, “Incorporating Memory” is featured
Window & Mirror, A photography catalog accompanying the exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery. My image “San Andreas’ Fault” is on the cover
Diffusion Magazine, featuring my "Hibernation" in the Muse Group Showcase
Le Journal de la Photographie, featuring my vacation photo series: "Vacation Photos of a Different Sort"
PhotoArts Magazine, article titled "Embracing Banality" by Christopher Paquette addressing issues brought forth in my series "Banal"
Winchester Star, July 19 Interview/feature about the Griffin Museum of Photography exhibition and my award.
Visual ArtBeat Magazine, Issue #9, featuring my newest series "Transplanting Reality; Transforming Nature".
Chaotic BlackSheep's Rants & Raves, March 24. Review of my exhibition "Losing Reality" at the C-Train Gallery
TrendHunter, March 22. Feature article in their "Hot Photo Galleries" section titled "Barely-There Blurred Portraits" by Sarah Moore
Adore Noir Magazine, Issue #6, February Black and white fine art photography magazine.
SuperMassiveBlackHole, Issue #9, Theme: Alternative Vision. Features my series "Losing Reality: Reality of Loss".
My Own Wilderness, photography book Curated by Christopher Paquette (PHOTO/arts magazine) featuring images from my LANDeSCAPES series.
iDMAa (The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association) . My article, titled "Space/Time, A Revisited History" was accompanied by photos from my LandEscapes series and more recent work.
TreeHugger, online environmental blog October 19th Featuring my series "Point & Shoot @70MPH".
Umter Magazine, Issue #III October - Featuring my series "Point & Shoot @70MPH". One of my photos is on the cover.
GUP #31 - The Experimental Issue, October - Half page feature on my work, featuring photo "Mandrake"
LaLettre de la Photographie; Weekend Portfolio 01/10/2011
Space Cool Hunting, Featuring my series "Losing Reality, Reality of Loss" 09/27 Shots Magazine, Summer Issue Featuring my photo, Departure
Adore Noir Magazine, Issue #2, June Black and white fine art photography magazine.
Visual ARTBEAT Magazine, Issue #6 I am their featured photographer for this issue in an article titled “Photo.Synthesized”
RAGAZINE, March-April Issue I am their featured photographer for this issue in an article titled “Ellen Jantzen, Photography”
Exploring Color Photography, From Film to Pixels by Robert Hirsch. Published by Focal Press. My image, Emanation is featured in Chapter 5, Seeing the Light.