John Just Ellis

1926 – 2014

SEEDS OF DESIGN Exhibit, Art Work and lecture By John Just Ellis at the arts4U Gallerie, Avon Connecticut, USA. 1994-1997.  Photo: Lilia Kuzmicz introducing Artist John Just Ellis.

While immense in nature, God’s creation, I am excited by a shape, a color, a texture, a line, a movement of sunlight passing over form..causing lights and darks to undulate. Within the use of energetic color and form, there is a woven thread of spiritual continuity which does arouse the soul. I am searching; I am challenged by the truths hidden in nature that wait to be released. My art creates a nature beyond nature, an entity in itself, answering my spiritual and aesthetic needs. My designs are ideal for use as dynamic central focal points; the spectacular use of hue and form will provide a platform for which to create a decorative theme.

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Maryland Institute of Art, 1945
American University of Berlin (Germany), 1946
Hartford Art School, B.F.A., 1952
Southern Connecticut State College, B.S., 1953
University of Hartford, M.Ed., 1956
Advanced Graduate Study, University of Hartford
Two Honorary Degrees – University of Hartford, Painting, Art Ed.

Hartford Public High School; New Britain Public Schools
Central Connecticut State University, Assistant Professor of Art
Farmington Continuing Education
Studio #3, Farmington Valley Art Center; West Hartford Art League
Newington Children’s Hospital

Best of Show and Purchase Prize, New Britain Art League
Second Prize, Painting, Mystic Outdoor Show
Second Prize, Lewis Gallery Exhibition
Judges’ Choice 7 times, Gallery on the Green, Canton
First Prize, Painting, Alumni Exhibition, Hartford Art School
Helen Talcott Stanley Prize, Watercolor, Connecticut Watercolor Society
First Prize, Painting, West Hartford Art League
Second Prize, Acrylic, Granby Art Festival, 1973
New Britain Herald Prize, New Britain Museum of American Art
Purchase Prize, Town of Farmington
Thirty One-Man Solo Exhibitions

New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, CT
Norwich Art Exhibition, CT
Trinity College, CT
Boston Arts Festival, CT
Bar Harbor Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME
Hedgecock Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Hartford Insurance Group, CT
Windsor Library, CT
West Hartford Library, CT
Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT
Connecticut Watercolor Society, CT
Silvermine Guild of Artists, CT
Gallery on the Green, CT
Eastern States Exposition, CT
New Haven Art Festival, CT
Queens Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
Farmington Valley Art Center, CT
Manchester Community College, CT
Greater Hartford Community College, CT
Beth El Temple, West Hartford, CT
Farmington Library, CT
New Britain Library, CT
Media and Company, New Britain CT, Millerton NY
Media and Company, Galerie,Avon CT
Vice President, Connecticut Watercolor Society 1958-1960
Secretary-Treasurer, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 1966-1970
President, Connecticut Watercolor Society, 1972
President, Chairman of Board, Farmington Valley Art Center, 1972
Docent, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

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