Ellyn Weiss is a visual artist and independent curator with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. She has had more than 24 solo shows and has participated in numerous juried and curated exhibitions. Ellyn works in a wide variety of media. The paintings and sculpture in her most recent solo shows have used wax, oilbar, dry pigment and tar.

Weiss’s work has, for many years, been inspired by the imagery of biological and natural structures and most recently, by the threats posed to life by global climate change. She is one of three artists who collaborated on an exhibition initially shown at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014 entitled “Voyage of Discovery.” The show in a slightly expanded version, moved to the McLean Project for the Arts in 2015. The artists imagined a journey to the polar region where the ice is permanently receding and where life forms were uncovered that might have been buried for millennia. In October, 2016, Weiss opened an exhibition dedicated to the bleaching of coral reefs worldwide caused by climate change.

Along with Sondra Arkin, Ellyn curates the Zeitgeist exhibition series featuring artists responding to an issue important to our moment in time. Subjects covered in the three exhibitions to date include the diminution of privacy (“Under Surveillance”) and the meaning of the election of Barack Obama (“What’s Important Now?”). The third of the series, “Too Much Information,” about the effects of the internet on the human brain, ran at the District of Columbia Art Center in the spring of 2012. The fourth, "Preconceptual", will be exhibited in March at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1997, Ellyn practiced environmental law. Her work including serving as General Counsel to the Union of Concerned Scientists where she still serves as a member of the Board of Directors.


Ellyn Weiss
1661 Crescent Place NW   Apt. 205
Washington DC 20009
studio: 3706 Wells Ave, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712


artist’s statement
My work has for many years been inspired by the imagery of biological structures, which are the exemplars of perfect functionality combined with sheer beauty. Recently, my work has spoken more directly to the threats posed by global climate change. This is the existential issue of our time and I find myself unable and unwilling to avoid it.

Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD
Wohlfarth Galleries, Washington, DC  
Art Advisory, Washington, DC

solo and featured shows
upcoming: The Migration of Pestilence, Otis Street Projects, January, 2017
upcoming: curating Zeitgeist IV, Hiller Art Center, Washington DC, March, 2017

upcoming: White Hot, collaboration with Richard Dana, Artists and Makers, Rockville, MD, October, 2016

I Can’t Make Up My Mind, Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD
Density Fluctuations, American Center for Physics, College Park, MD.
Unmapped, Gateway Center for the Arts, Brentwood, MD, with Sally Resnick Rockriver and Patricia Goslee

Voyage of Discovery, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
Voyage of Discovery II McLean Project for the Arts. McLean, VA

Longing to Eavesdrop on the Conversation, Adah Rose Gallery, Washington, DC

Primordial Soup Kitchen, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Wax Works, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
Contemporary Work, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Micro-organismic, Woman's National Democratic Club, Washington, DC

Abstraction, Louisa Gould Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Big Ideas, Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood, MD, collaboration with Sondra Arkin and Susan Finsen
Axis, Washington, DC
Dispersed, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
2' x 10', Gallery 555, Washington, DC
Ancient Life, Wohlfarth Gallery, Provincetown, MA
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Dark Matter, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Summmer, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Riverdale, MD.

Spectrum Theater, Arlington, VA

Fortune Cookies, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Time of War, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC

Circular Reasoning, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
New Work,Northern Virginia JCC, Fairfax, VA
Sharon Fine Gallery, Bethesda, MD

No Bars Held, Touchstone Gallery, Sept. 2005

Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY

Only Spores Live Forever, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC.
Worldspace, Washington, DC

Lipsett Gallery, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD
J. Anthony Fine Arts, Charlottesville, VA

COA Gallery, Truro, MA.

selected group/juried shows
What’s Next, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Creative Corridor, Prince Georges Community College
Future Nostalgia, Maryland Capitol, Annapolis, MD

Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD (winner, Juror’s Award)
Sip and Paint, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC
Drawing, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Members, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA

Six Artists, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Personal Patterns, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD
Drawing Room, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC
Memory Flood, Anacostia Arts Center, Washington, DC
Truro Center for the Arts. Truro, MA
Gateway Arts Center Fifth Anniversary Show, Brentwood, MD
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC

Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC
Appearances, Eco-Art Festival, Provincetown, MA

Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC
Less is More, Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, MD.
Appearances 2013, Eco-Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA

Something or Nothing, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Summer Group Show, Adah Rose Gallery, Kenisington, MD
Retrospectives, Hillyer Art Center, Washington, DC
Black and White Ball, Rehoboth, MD

2’ X 10’, Gallery 555, Washington, DC
Encaustics, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA

International Arts and Artists, Washington, DC
Gallery 555, Washington, DC
People's Choice, ArtDC, Hyattsville, MD
Delicacies, Studio B @ Biagio, Washington, DC
Constructing Differences/Uncovering Connections ,International Arts and Artists, Washington DC
Artists of the Gateway District, Gateway Arts Center Inaugural Show, Brentwood, MD

The Art of Change, Artist's Inaugural Ball, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC
Zeitgeist II:What's Important Now, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Lottoheart, Rehoboth Beach, DE.Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Holiday, Studio 4903, Washington, DC
Stimulus, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Red, St. Valentine Bled for Us All, the Pink Line Project, Washington, DC
Under Surveillance, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
20 X 20, Coldwell Banker, Washington, DC 
Affordable Art Fair, NY, NY
Artists Respond to War, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Members, Truro Center for the Arts

Peace Now, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC
Attainable Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Small Work, Touchstone Gallery,Washington, DC
No Representation, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC
Art Romp 2007, Washington, DC
Encaustics, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA
Inaugural Show, H&F Fine Art, Mt. Ranier, MD

Millennium Center Artists, curated by Zenith Gallery, Wash. DC
Attainable Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
Shock and Awe, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

Art Romp, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC
Encaustics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Accessible Art, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC
The Peace Scrolls, City Gallery,Charleston, S.C
Where’s the Peace?, Warehouse Gallery, Washington DC
Project:Painting, Washington, DC
Montgomery County Commission on the Arts, Silver Spring, MD

Handpicked, Museum of Modern Arf, Arlington, VA
Anonymous, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran
Sharon Fine Gallery Inaugural show, Bethesda, MD
Artomatic, Washington DC

Small Work, Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, KY
 Artswalk, Silver Spring, MD

Artomatic, Washington DC, 2000, 1999.

washingtonart.com Fifth Anniversary, Washington DC
New Artists, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

MOCA 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC

Mixt Nerve, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Alexandria, VA]
Artomatic, Washington, DC

Washington Post, In the Galleries, Arts And Style, p.E16, May 14, 2015.


Washington Post, Sunday, October 11, 2015, p. E3, Galleries, The Drawing Room.


Washington Post, Sunday May 25, 2014

Huffington Post:


Scientific American: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/2014/03/04/scienceart-on-view-in-marchapril-2014/


Grist,  March 13, 2014
These Artists Will Take You on a Journey to the Melting Arctic, by Jessica Zimmerman

Inhabitat, March 10, 2014
DC’s Voyage of Discovery Exhibition Explores Climate Change in the Arctic, by Jon Dioffa

Artist Fellowship, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, FY 2016
Art Lives Here/National Endowment for the Arts, 2015
Residency, Zea Mays Printmaking, Northampton, MA., 2015, 2106
Residency, Greenbelt Center for the Arts, 2005 -6.

Juror’s Award, Small Wonders, Maryland Federation Of Art, 2016
HeART of the City: City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC, 2006
Featured Artist, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Vol. 5 No. 4, Autumn, 2004.
Special Purchase Award, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities,2003.
Featured Artist, washingtonart.net, autumn, 2001.
Special Purchase Award, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 1999.
All-Media National Competition, eklektikos Gallery, Washington, DC, 1999, award.
Art League juried shows, Torpedo Factory Gallery, Alexandria VA, 1998 - 2001, merit award, March 1999.
Patron’s Show, Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, award, Feb.1999.

B.A. Smith College. JD., Boston University School of Law.  Further study at the   Corcoran College of Art, Washington, DC. and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts.

HeART of the City: City Hall Collection, Washington, DC
District of Columbia Art in Public Places
American Society of Association Executives
Embassy Suites Hotels
National Institutes of Health Clinical Director
The Union of Concerned Scientists
The Sentencing Project

Zeitgeist IV: Preconceptual, Hillyer Art Space, Washington , DC, March, 2017
Alchemical Vessels, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, DC., 2013
HeArt of the Community, Rehoboth Beach, MD, 2013.
Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information?, District of Columbia Arts Center, May, 2012, with Sondra Arkin
WaxWorks, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA, Sept – Nov, 2012
Zeitgeist II: What's Important Now?, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC, 2009, with Sondra Arkin
Studio Gallery members shows, 2009, 2010
Red,sponsored by the Pink Line Project, Washington, DC, 2009
Zeitgeist I: Under Surveillance, Nevin Kelly Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
No Representation, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC, 2007

Encaustic workshops, Washington Glass School, my studio and Prince Georges County Arts Program.
Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 2013
Thoreau's Legacy, Union of Concerned Scientists, 2010
Earth in the Balance, Union of Concerned Scientists, 2008
Art Enables, Washington DC, 2007
Blog: www.GessoHead.org
Contributor, Pink Line Project, Pink Noise online journal
Contributing editor, Bourgeon online arts magazine, 2010-11
Boards and Communiy Service
Union of Concerned Scientists, Board of Directors, 1990 – present
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, 2014 - present
Art Enables, Board of Directors, 2009 - present
Touchstone Foundation, Board of Directors, 2013- present.
Alchemical Vessels Committee, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Day Eight, Board of Directors, 2010 - 2011
Artomatic, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2007, Executive Committee, 1999- 2004. I helped to conceive and execute these unique “by-artists-for-artists” events in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007, which bring hundreds of artists together to fill vacant industrial space for 3 to 6 weeks with art, music, poetry, theater and the rampant creative spirit.
Touchstone Gallery, 406 Seventh Street, Washington, DC., Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005; President, 2004 - 2005.
A.Salon, cooperative studio building, Board of Directors, 1999 – 2000, President, 2001-2.