CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementEllen Baer's work evolved from her experiences as a child near Buffalo, New York. Lake Erie, Niagra Falls and fossil-rich shale beds, and the weather in that area fascinated her, and led to her interest in natural processes, such as erosion, sedimentation and freezing and thawing. The forces of nature such as gravity, layering, heat and wind are used to create the work. Her paintings explore the edge between the conscious and the unconscious mind by working with materials in an intuitive way. Through the use of amorphous imagery and ambiguous space her work signifies feelings of uncertainty in a world which cannot be fully understand through our senses. Use of subtle changes in color which create soft harmonies or quiet dissidence represents knowledge that can come from things that are just barely perceived. In her work she contemplates upon the beauty of the ephemeral and the fragile nature of our thoughts, our existence and the natural world.
Solo Exhibitions: Skin: Cosmetic Dermatology of Georgetown, Washington, DC (2007) One World Fitness, Washington, DC (2003-2004) Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD (2003) Gateways Arts District Office, Brentwood, MD (2003) Greenbelt Community Center Gallery, Greenbelt, MD, “Harmony of Color and Light: Paintings by Ellen Baer” (2001) Selected Group Exhibitions: U.S. Embassy Residence, Niamey, Niger, Art and Embassies Program of the United States Department of State “Hope, Perseverance and Triumph”(2006-present) Lowe House Office Building, Annapolis, MD, “Highly Visual Artist Organizations in Prince George’s County” (2006) The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, “MFA 1, MFA 2,” masters thesis exhibition (2003) Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fort Washington, MD, “Seeing Red: a juried exhibition,” juror: Sam Gilliam (2002) Wohfarth Galleries, Washington, DC, “Mixed Media” (2002) Intercultural Museum Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD, “Fifty Women Artists Exhibition” (2001) Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, “Touchstone Invitational,” (2001) Slayton House, Columbia, MD, “Passageways to the Millennium,” (1999) Slayton House, Columbia, MD, “Crosscurrents,” (1996) Montpelier Cultural Art Center, Laurel, MD, “The Patuxent Art League Second Juried Show,” (1994) Represented By: Soho Myriad, Art Consulting Services, Atlanta, GA, (2006-present) Education: Master of Fine Art, Painting, University of Maryland at College Park (2003) Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, University of Maryland at College Park, (1997) Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Maryland University College, (1989) Born: Buffalo, New York, August 22, 1960.