“Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond”

Hudson River Museum: October 7, 2017 – January 21, 2018

Hudson River Primer #16, oil on panel, 11 x 15 inches, 1997-98

For centuries, the Hudson Valley has attracted intrepid artists to explore and depict its natural splendor. These views have then been collected, displayed, and impacted the way we envision nature. Walks with Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond examines the key role played by artists in bringing views of nature indoors—in a domestic or gallery setting—while inspiring our own outdoor itineraries. Forty paintings and prints from the Museum’s permanent collection from the 19th century to today, more than half recent acquisitions on view for the first time, underscore the centrality of landscape in our thought, then as now. Featured artists include Thomas Cole, George Innes, Fanny Palmer, George Gardner Symons, Ralph Fasanella, Richard Haas, Richard Mayhew, Alison Moritsugu, Ellen Kozak, and Jack Stuppin. The exhibition is organized around the elements that artists use to compose landscape paintings, from trees to sky.

Site/Sight curated by Ellen Kozak ∙ Cross Contemporary Art Saugerties, NY  July 26th – August 21st, 2017

Click here for a digital catalog with essay by Carter Ratcliff
Click here to see photos of the installation

riverthatflowsbothways, in Undercurrents: the River as Metaphor at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, June 10th – July 30, 2017

riverthatflowsbothways, 3-channel video installation by Ellen Kozak, music by Scott D. Miller, 2016

River Woman at ODETTA, 229 Cork Street, Brooklyn

Nancy Cohen, Fritz Horstman, Ellen Kozak, Kathleen Vance
March 18 – April 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 6 -8 pm
Artist’s Talk: Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 PM

  Sky Throne, oil on panel, 2016, 24.5 x 28 inches


ODETTA Gallery, Bushwick

Elemental, universal, sustaining, beautiful, dangerous, the river and the woman merge and become one entity. Sharing a deep passion for this River Woman, our artists express their awe while raising awareness of the fragility and the amazing resilience of the rivers in our lives.

  ODETTA 229 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Ellen Kozak “Periodical”

Opening Reception Saturday, May 28, 5-8pm
Cross Contemporary Art
81 Partition St. Saugerties, NY
On view thru June 22, 2016


Rise © Ellen Kozak 2015, 21″ x 24″ oil on panels

Ellen Kozak’s solo exhibition “Periodical” exhibits new oil paintings that are on the cusp between representation and abstraction. Along with her latest oil paintings,  Ms. Kozak presents a single-channel video, ”Notations on A River,” a work commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art. Working on-site beside the Hudson River, Ellen Kozak’s paintings and video explore equivalences in the behavior of her subject and her materials. In her paintings, thinly painted on wood panels that have been prepared with a hand-made dry gesso, luminous waves of shimmering color evoke movement and vibration of light on water. Kozak’s work in video investigates the degree to which photographic images can be perceived as line, abstract marks, strokes, and calligraphic motifs. As the art critic Dore Ashton observed about Ellen Kozak’s work, “Her task is to distance, and at the same time bring close, all that she sees, but also all that she feels, as her eye sweeps over the great river…”

Ms. Kozak has long-standing interests in working from perception, paying close attention to visual phenomena, and incorporating ideas of mimesis. She allows the physical properties of her materials and tools to play a primary inventive role. Her video work, “Notations on A River” is on 24-hour display in the storefront gallery window.

riverthatflowsbothways   3-channel installation open studio

Ellen Kozak and Scott D. Miller’s open studio is at:
284 Lafayette Street, #4C, NYC (bet. Prince & Houston)
Fri. 5/13, 5 – 9 PM, Sat. 5/14 and Sun. 5/15,  2 – 8 PM

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Vanishing Point at Art House Productions: 2/18 – 4/15,  2016


Heliotrope at ODETTA : January 15 – March 6, 2016

ODETTA presents Heliotrope, new works by Lisa DiLillo, Eva Mueller, Mary Temple, Jo Yarrington; Heliotrope’s Flat File artists are William Holton, Ellen Kozak, John Mendelsohn, and Kevin Ryan.

Ellen Kozak is Heliotrope’s featured flat file artist with three paintings in addition to related pulp paintings and two limited edition books.


                   Ellen Kozak, Ode for Ad, 2014, 28 x 25.5 inches

              ODETTA 221 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Exhibition : Dix ans de création a Moulin au Nef

I’m pleased to have my new video installation included in this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Moulin à Nef at VCCA-France at La Chapelle Sainte Catherine. 9/26/2015 – 10/8/2015.      Miroirs (composite)          Retrospective VCCA

Miroirs, video channel 1

Miroirs, still video channel 1

Miroirs, video channel 2

Miroirs, still video channel 2


Shifting Ecologies II curated by Marianne Van Lent

Shifting Ecologies II at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, NY is a survey of the way 38 artists are reacting to the current ecology of our planet, and our ecological crisis including challenges specifically in the Hudson River Valley. July 8/8/2014 – 9/6/2015

still image from "Notations on a River", 2010, 5' 45"

still image from “Notations on a River”, 2010, 5′ 45″



Miroirs, three-channel video installation




Organized around shared structural relationships, the images in each video channel project the energy, flux, and luminosity of bodies of water. I use their surfaces as a giant watery lens to capture reflections and phenomena; both natural and man-made. Miroirs is an intimate, mezmerizing space where viewers can feel a sense of wonderment and comfort but also, at the edge of potentially destabilizing ecological undercurrents. Installation includes original score by Scott D. Miller


In the Studio

New work

New work

New work

Curated by Stephen Westfall,
Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region


September 27, 2014 – January 19, 2015 |

Prix Moulin à Nef, Residency

Tempera studies in the studio

Tempera paintings from my recent residency at the VCCA in Auvillar, France. The residency also allowed me to further develop my video installation Miroirs.