Inspired by found objects and nature, Ella Levy is a painter, photographer and multi-media artist.
Through process oriented techniques, she is interested in collapse, rupture, decay and repair.
Ever since I was very small, I looked at things up close. I noticed things easily passed over, found beauty in decay, and solace in the natural world. These threads permeate my vision, and my work. It was once said that “Country music is three chords and the truth.” My methods in painting and drawing converge at these headwaters: some combination of expressionism yielding realism, and I hope a story that is relatable and true.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Ella grew up with memories of drawing in her diapers on the humid front porch of her childhood home before fully talking. Her parents are incredible supporters of her artistic roots, and ensured she had footing every step of the way. Levy relocated to Boulder, Colorado after a pivotal and life-changing experience on a month-long mountaineering course through Outward Bound. She continually carves time to connect and unplug in nature. Levy received her BA for Studio Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with an emphasis on painting and drawing. Her work was featured in an international exhibition exploring cultural signs and building visual languages that travelled to at-risk audiences in Colombia. Concurrently while completing her BA, she was invited to participate in two competitive Design Build internship programs at the MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts), the outcome of which were large-scale, free public art experiences. After completing her internships, Levy went on to serve as Grant Writer and Development Officer for Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art where she was the fundraiser for all operating budget expenses. While working predominantly in painting and drawing formats, Levy also self-published a limited edition book of photography entitled, “A Life with The Earth.” She collaborates with the local Boulder Arts community, cultivating and sharing this burgeoning space over the past two decades she has lived here. Her artwork has been shown by the Boulder Arts Association, NoBo Art District, and she was a resident at Boulder Creative Collective. Her work can be found at R Gallery, and she is a Board Member of Art Sticks. Currently, she is a part of the artist community at The Crowd Collective and cultivates her practice in this space.
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts – University of Colorado, Boulder
2006 School of Journalism, Mass Communication – University of Colorado, Boulder
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (GROUP/ INTERNATIONAL)
2019 Colorado Fall Colors Exhibit — R Gallery, Boulder, CO
2019 Showcase: Boulder Artists — R Gallery, Boulder, CO
2019 #nobofacesproject NoBo Faces ArtFence — NoBo Art District, Boulder, CO
2018 ARTNow! — Boulder Arts Association, Boulder, CO
2018 Series 3 Art Sticks Series — Art Sticks, Boulder, CO
2010 Open Wall — Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
2005 Cultural Signs — Galería de Arte Fotográfico Melitón Rodriguez, Instituto de Artes de Medellín, Medellin, Columbia
AWARDS and RESIDENCIES
2018 Resident artist at Boulder Creative Collective, Boulder, CO
2006 Design & Build Internship — Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO
BOARDS and COMMITTEES
2019 Board Member — ArtSticks, Boulder, CO