The Gallery at the John Cotton Dana Library is currently featuring the books and paper collages of New York artist, Evelyn Eller, in her first solo show in four years. Although she has worked in other media such as oil and acrylic painting and printmaking, Ms. Eller focuses now on the artists' book and the collage. Her work is influenced by her travels and her interest in other cultures, language, and nature.
Born and raised in New York City, Ms. Eller attended an arts focused high school in the city's educational system. Following graduation, she attended the Art Students League on a 3-year scholarship. Ms. Eller was awarded a Fulbright to continue her studies at the Academia de Belle Arte in Rome. After her return to New York, Ms. Eller completed a residency at Yaddo, an artist community in Saratoga Springs. Ms. Eller worked for two years as a teacher in the Museum of Modern Art Education Program and then began a long term teaching relationship with the Alliance of Queens Artists.
A member artist of the New York Center for Book Arts, Ms. Eller has had a number of solo shows in the galleries of public libraries and universities, community groups and art galleries both in the New York area and in France. She has participated in group shows that have also been held nationally and internationally. The organizing institutions include the Newark Public Library, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, the Kyoto Institute of Technology and the King St. Stephan Museum (Hungary) as well as various galleries and centers for the book arts.
Ms. Eller's work is represented in the collections of a wide ranging group of universities and corporations such as Citicorp, Exxon, the Museum of the City of New York, the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami Beach, FL), the University of Vermont, Yale University, and George Mason University. Thanks to the generosity of the artist, the permanent art collections of the Dana and Alexander Libraries now include paper collage landscapes.
An opening reception and program will be held on Thursday, April 14th, 2011, from 5 to 7 PM.
Posted April 12, 2011