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Eleanor Spiess-FerrisEleanor Spiess-Ferris currently lives in Chicago, Illinois

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

2014
“Inside the Outside”Mini-retrospective, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois—Curated by Aaron Ott

2014
“Story Foraging: Looking at the Works of Eleanor Spiess-Ferris”—Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois—Lecture

2013
“Fecundity” – Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2012
“Ophelia’s Garden” – Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2012
“Ophelia’s Garden” – JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2011
“Shallow Waters” – Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2010
Elgin Community College, Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Elgin, Illinois –
Sketches, Orchards & Dark Ponds – Catalog – essay by Ed Krantz

“Paintings of a Suffering Planet” – Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

2009
“Sorrows of Swans” – Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Gouache on Paper

“Sorrows of Swans” – Chicago Cultural Center, Mich. Ave. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Oils on Linen

“Sorrows of Swans – Survey of works from 1980 to 2007” – Elmhurst College,
Elmhurst, Illinois
Sorrows of Swans
– Catalog -  essay by James Yood

2006
“Water and Other Wise” – Packer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

“The Magpie Chronicles” – Robert T. Wright community Gallery of Art,
College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
The Magpie Chronicles – Catalog – essay by Garrett Holg

2002
“Regeneration” – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1999
“New Works” – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1996
“The Goddess Series” – Shircliff Gallery of Art, Vincennes Univ,
Vincennes, Indiana

1994
“Works on Paper” – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1992
“The Goddess Series” – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

“Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: An Artist’s Journey” -  Univ. of Wis. at Green Bay,
Green Bay, Wisconsin

“Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: An Artist’s Journey” – Charles Wustum Museum –
Racine, Wisconsin
Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: an Artist’s Journey – Catalog – essay by Estella Lauter

1990
“New Works” – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1989
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri

University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin

1987
“Beamish Mummery” – Chicago Cultural center, Chicago, Ill

1984
“New Works” – van Stratten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

TWO PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

2014
“Collaborations II” with Umberto Tosi – Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2013
“Figuratively Speaking” – Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois – Lecture

2o12
“Narrative!” – Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois – Catalog

2011
“Art of the Book Jacket” – Printworks Gallery, Chicago Illinois

“Beat 2 the X” Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana – With Michael
Ferris Jr.

“A Remembrance of Awakened Birds:” – Johnson Art Gallery, Carthage
College, Kenosha, Wisconsin – With Nancy Mladenoff

2010
“Animal Farm” – Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2007
“While All the Tribes of Birds Sang” – Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery,
James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois; Illinois State Museum,
Lockport Gallery, Lockport, Illinois

“Flights of Fancy” Printworks Gallery, Chicago – Curated by
Audrey Niffenegger

2005
“State of the Art 2005 National Biennial Watercolor Invitational”  Parkland
College, Champaign, Illinois – Curated by Gladys Nilsson

2003
“Not Just Another Pretty Face” – Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

2002
“Ferris: A Family of Artists” Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2001
“Sextablos” –  Traveling Exhibition
“Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium” – Exhibition traveled to eight Illinois
museums and galleries – 1999-2001

2000
“The Lopsided Grin: Facing the New Century” – Bowling Green State
University, Bowling Green, Ohio

1999
“The End is Near, – Artists Looks at the 20th Century” – Wustum Museum,
Racine, Wisconsin – Invitational

1993
“Creativity and the Female Principle” – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb,
Illinois

“Haunting Images” – University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

1990
“The Chicago Show” – Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

1988
“Watercolor 88” – Springfield Museum, Springfield, Missouri

1984
80th Exhibition by Artist of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois

SELECTED HONORS

2008
Illinois Arts Council Grant

2000
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant

1991
Arts Midwest Fellowship Grant

1984
The Vielehr Award, 80th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago

1981
Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant

COLLECTIONS (Selected)

Block Museum at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois
James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois
Portland Museum of Fine Art, Portland, Oregon
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin

PUBLICATIONS (Selected)

Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, By Esynr Enstice and Melody Peters. 2nd edition, textbook published by Prentice-
Hall. Inc. Copy written in 1996

“Exploring Imaginary Subjects,” by Stanley Marcus, Watercolor ’88, Published by American Artist Magazine, Copy written 1988

Women as Mythmakers, By E. Lauter, Indiana University, copy written in 1984