I paint about my world: my thoughts, my feelings, books and magazines I read, people I meet, things I walk by and see. I am interested in perception and perspective, alteration and adjustment, shifts in context and size and their effects on reality.
What I perceive is often subject to the limitations and distortions of my inherited and conditioned nature. But I am living in an amazing time in which I have opportunities to experience my own evolution. I can transcend my biases and expand my awareness. I have the choice to become: more conscious, more powerful, more understanding, more loving, and more grateful for this gift of life. This is what my work is about.
I am inspired by humor. It is an integral part of my personality. E. E. Cummings must have understood this when he said, The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. I intend to not waste your days!
My seemingly simplistic paintings are hybrids: conceptually complex, visually expressionistic and abstract. They are often playful. Paradoxically, I am serious about everything I do.
ETHEL LEBENKOFF 39 West 67 Street Studio C New York, New York 10023 707-616 -7269 E-Mail: email@example.com Website: www.ethelethelethel.com
M.F.A. 1998, MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, California
Post-graduate, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO Eleanor Antin1995 Patricia Paterson1995 Italo Scanga1993-1995 Ernest Silva1993 Kim MacConnel 1992
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, 1994, Umbria, Italy
M.S. 1971 STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Buffalo, New York B.S. 1968 STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Buffalo, New York
AWARDS and HONORS
2005 ARCHIVES ON AMERICAN WOMEN, National Museum Of Women Artists, Washington D.C. 2004SELECTED ARTIST, Museum of the City of New York, Brochure Cover 2003SELECTED ARTIST, 9/11 Library of Congress Web Site 2000SPEAKER, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, N.Y. Womens History Month 1996-98ALUMNI TUITION, Mills College, Oakland, CA 1997SPEAKER, Mills College, Oakland, CA Inauguration of College Art Compound
2006 WILLIAM LOWE GALLERY, Atlanta, Georgia 2001EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, New York City, N.Y. The Empire Series 2000CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, 270 Park Ave. New York City, N.Y. Swan Lake in Starbucks Cups 2000CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York City, N.Y. Monumental Inspiration 1998MILLS COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, Oakland, CA Performance: Five Minutes of Ethel, By Eddie Shocker 1987UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Music Department Collaboration: Jazzart
2005 STELLAR SOMERSET GALLERY Palo Alto, California 2005 THE CREATIVE ART CENTER, New York City, N.Y. 2005 REESE BULLEN GALLERY, Humboldt State University, Arcata , California Art Faculty Exhibition 2005 JEWISH COALITION FOR LITERACY, Palo Alto, California 2005 SPIKE GALLERY, New York City, New York 2005 NUTUREART GALLERY, Brooklyn, N.Y. Paper, Papel, Papier 2003 THE CREATIVE ART CENTER, New York City, N.Y. 2003 HISTORISCHEN MUSEUM, Frankfurt, Germany, Evolutionary Cells 2003 MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, California, Celebration of the Arts 2003 FREIRAUM / TRANSEUROPA MUSEUMS QUARTIER Museumsplatz, Vienna, Austria Evolutionary Cells 2003 NEUE GESELLSCHAFT FR BILDENDE KUNST GALLERY Berlin, Germany, Evolutionary Cells 2002 GALLERY MOURI, Tokyo, Japan, ArtToy 2002 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., Reactions 2002 MANHATTAN ARTS, New York City, N.Y., I Love Manhattan 2002 ART CENTER, Pasadena, California, Reactions 2002 EXIT ART, New York City, New York, Reactions 2002 NEW YORK INDEPENDENT ART FAIR, New York City, New York 2001 EYEBEAM /ATELIER, New York City, New York, Art Heals 2000 COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS, Eureka, California, Faculty Exhibition 2000 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Wollongong, Australia, "Threads of Humanity 2000 HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY, Arcata, California, "The Curious Line" 2000 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Berkeley, California, Women's Studies Department 1999 CHRISTIES, New York City, N.Y., National Cureted Exhibition, Coalition for the Homeless, Every One Should Have a Home, Every Home Should Have Art. 1999 I.M. PEI BUILDING, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines 1998 GALLERY KOREA, New York City, New York, Line in Landscape National Juried Exhibition 1998 BERKELEY ART CENTER, Berkeley, California, National Juried Exhibition 1998 MILLS COLLEGE ART MUSEUM, Oakland, California 1998 LOBBY ONE HARBOR DRIVE, San Diego, California 1996 MANDEVILLE GALLERY, San Diego, California 1995 NORTHERN TRUST BANK, Naples, Florida 1994 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, Umbria, Italy
2006 VISIITING PROFESSOR, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Beginning Painting, Advanced Painting, Honors Painting 2005 VISITING PROFESSOR, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Color and Design 2005 VISITING PROFESSOR, College of the Redwoods, Eureka California Beginning Drawing 2003 VISITING LECTURER, California College of Arts, Oakland, California Interdisciplinary Approach to Drawing and Ceramics 2003 VISITING PROFESSOR, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Advanced Painting, Encaustic Painting, Honors Painting, Interdepartmental Critique 2001 VISITING PROFESSOR, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Advanced Painting Critique 2000 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California Beginning Drawing 2000 VISITING LECTURER, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 1993 INSTRUCTOR, Winston School, San Diego, California 1993 INSTRUCTOR, Helen Woodward Animal Shelter, Drawing the Animals 1992 SELECTED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Combined Organizations for the Visual Arts, San Diego, California 1991 INSTRUCTOR, San Diego Community Arts Council Inc., San Diego, California 1987 INSTRUCTOR, Rancho Santa Fe School, Rancho Santa Fe, California 1970 INSTRUCTOR, Central Connecticut State College 1968 TEACHER, Public School 31, Buffalo, New York
Mickey Baten Greg Baumgartner, M.D. John Bender, Eaq. Wade Binder Jack Bentley, Director, First Street Gallery Katherine Crumb, Ph.D., Curator Harry Dent Jacquie Dorrance Dick Engelberg, C.P.A. Andrea Fahenstock, Curator of the Museum of the City of New York Marcos Flores March Horracio Fabiano Dr. and Mrs. Eric Gould Jocelyn Gould Stacy Gershon, Vice President Curator, Chase Manhattan Art Program William Halpin, Esq. Adam KesselmanLibrary of Congress, Washington, D.C. Leah Levy, Curator Alvin Liu, Ph.D. Mills College Art Museum Museum of the City of New York Ron Nagel John Nalevanko, A.I.A. Robert J. Neborsky, M.D. Palo Verde Partners Mel Prest Frederick Pollack Claire Turner, Director, Comme Ca Art Ltd. Ernest Sexton The Sterling Group Kit and Bill Shindler Hon. William Skretney Jon Warren, Esq. Emily and Christopher Weaver
ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY, New York City, N.Y. AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS, Washington, D. C, COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, New York City, N.Y. THE CREATIVE COALITION, New York City, N.Y. MILLS COLLEGE CLUB OF NEW YORK WOMEN IN BLACK
Eleanor Antin, Professor, University of California San Diego Anne Chamberlain, Professor, San Francisco Art Institute Andrea Fahenstock, Curator, Museum of the City of New York Stacy Gershon, Vice President, Curator, Chase Manhattan Art Program Mary Anne Milford, Provost Dean, Mills College, Oakland California Kim McConnel, Professor, University of California San Diego Catherine Wagner, Professor, Mills College. Oakland California