Ellen Jantzen


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. Upon graduation she and her husband, Michael, settled down on acreage in Southern Illinois and set about to construct several solar and energy efficient structures including their 2400 square foot home. Organic gardens and goat husbandry took center stage in Ellen`s life but a desire for a more `artistic` life led the couple to Los Angeles California.

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.


Awards

2016
LONGLISTED for the Aesthetica Art Prize (exhibited 04/14 – 05/29)

2015
WINNER of the 8th Julia Margaret Cameron Award honoring women in photography.
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 the 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

2014
GRANT-2014 INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AWARD from the Santo Foundation, St. Louis Missouri
HONORABLE MENTION (Special Effects), in the Moscow International Foto Awards for “Place of Departure”
WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris. Awarded First Prize
(Gold Medal) in Fine Art/Digitally Enhanced category for  “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 the 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”

2013
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’
WINNER OF PX3,  Prix de la Photographie Paris, Awarded: First Prize in category Fine Art for the entry entitled, ” Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature .” 

2012
Four Honorable Mentions for work from my “Transplanting Reality; Transforming Nature” series in WPGS’s 2nd Urban & Country Landscape
Honorable Mention in The International Photography Awards 10th year Edition
Honorable Mention in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris
Second Prize in the Griffin Museum of Photography’s 18th Juried Exhibition (July)
Third Place in the 31st International Women’s Exhibition, put on by Professional Women Photographers, Inc., (May)
“Transplanting Reality” was chosen for a Top Ten Award in the 2012 Annual Juried Competition sponsored by Women in Photography International.
The photograph Nevada 04-08 2010 1:14 PM won the Bronze Award for Nature photo in the Epson Pano Awards.
3rd PLACE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS 36th International

2011
BRONZE AWARD, International Loupe Awards for Losing Reality
1ST PLACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (digitally enhanced), at Px3 Prix De La Photographie, Paris.
BLACK & WHITE & COLOR, from Women in Photography International. The photo Mystify won 2nd place in the Portrait category.
BRONZE AWARD In recognition of excellence in the category of People and Portrait in the 2011 International Loupe Awards.
THIRD PLACE, composites category in PWP`s (Professional Women Photographers) 31st International Women’s Exhibition.

2010
MID-CAREER PHOTOGRAPHER FOR OCTOBER; Texas Photographic Society for Reality of Place.
SILVER HONORABLE MENTION for California/04/13/1:43PM from the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in their Urban and Country Landscape Contest.
HONORABLE MENTION for Back to Nature from the Center for Fine Art Photography`s exhibition, NATURAL WORLD.

Exhibitions

2015
DEPTH OF FIELD, curated by RfotoFolio at Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, AZ September 8 – October 24
“and / or” A Group Exhibition, at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis Missouri, May 1-June 27th 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

2014
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

2013
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, curated 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 32ND 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

2012
Exhibition (composites) – part of group exhibition at .NO gallery May.
LOSING REALITY; REALITY OF LOSS, a solo exhibition at the C-Train Gallery at Washington University’s School of Medicine, St. Louis MO.INCOGNITO

2011
THE LIGHT FACTORY 30TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION
LIFE-SUPPORT JAPAN
INCOGNITO
MID-CAREER ARTIST FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
THE LIGHT FACTORY 29TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION
GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE BENEFIT AUCTION,
WISH YOU WERE HERE 9; A.I.R GALLERY BENEFIT SALE.
CENTER GALLERY BENEFIT AUCTION