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solo exhibitions & solo studio presentations

2014         Liquified, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston

2013         Visual Arts Alliance, Studio Visit, Winter Street Studios, Houston
2013         Looking at Art, Studio Visit, Winter Street Studios, Houston
2010         Submerged, Texas Collaborative Projects, Houston. Curators: Dan Allison and Kelly Moran

2007         Storms, Sumos and Sweets, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston, Downtown.  Curator: Mark Cervenka

2007         Made in Texas, Bering and James Gallery, Houston. Curator: Austin James
2004         About Face: Exploring Human Expression, Montgomery College, The Woodlands, Texas.

                  Curator: Robbie Woods


two-person exhibitions

2014         Earth Matters, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston

2003         Reflections of Hotel Life, Omni Hotel, Houston


group exhibitions

2015         Abstracting the Round, Carolyn Garcia Gallery, Houston

2014         Creation or Evolution: The Artists’ Journey, Carolyn Garcia Gallery, Houston

2014         Woodland’s Gala Trust, The Woodland’s Texas
2013         Caution: Live Snakes, Mother Dog Studios, Houston. Curator: John Runnels

2013         Bird Brained, Mother Dog Studios, Houston. Curator: John Runnels

2013         Haunted, Spring Street, Stark Naked Theater. Curator:  Dianne Webb

2013         Soul:  The Artist at Work, Winter Street Studios.  Curator:  Janet Roe

2013         Nocturnal Landscape, Rotunda Art Gallery, Houston

2013         Finding Self:  An All Woman Art Show, Spring Street, Stark Naked Theater.  Curator:  Dianne Webb
2013         From O to Z: Wizard of Oz Oztravaganza, Hardy and Nance Street Studios, Houston

2012         Wade Wilson Inaugural Show, Santa Fe, NM
2012         Impressions Print Show, Wade Wilson Art, Houston

2012         Dog Park, Gallery G, Houston
2012         Figures in a Life, Carolyn Garcia Gallery, Houston
2011         The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center
2011         New Texas Talent, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas. Curators:  Kenneth Craighead and Steve Green

2011         It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, Mother Dog Studios, Houston. Curator: John Runnels

2010         Four Dimensions, Vaughan Christopher Gallery, Houston. Curator: Ginger Wright

2010         Summer Swim, Nauhaus Gallery, Houston, Curator: Dan Allison
2009         Showcase Houston, Deutser Gallery, Houston, Curator: Marilyn Hassid
2009         Submerged, Master Thesis Show NYU, Washington Square East Galleries, NYC.  

                  Curators: Ruth Newman and Kirby Gookin

2009         Through the Looking Glass, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts.

                  Curators:  Joe Havel and Steve Smith

2008        Teacher Edition, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown. Curator:  Mark Cervenka

2008        Texas, Bering and James Gallery, Houston. Curator: Austin James
2007         The Monotype Exhibition, Museum of Printing History, Houston. Curator:  Patrick Masterson

2007         Cinco, Bering and James Gallery, Houston. Curator: Austin James
2007         Amistad, Texas Artists in Peru, Museo de la Nacion, Lima, Peru. Curator: Gus Kopriva

2007         Works in Progress, Universita luav di Venezia, Italy. New York University.  Curator: Maurizio Pellegrin

2006         Texas Artist Invitational, North Harris College. Curator: Professor Gary M. Conners

2005         Clean Slate, G Gallery, Houston. Curator: Wayne Gilbert

2005         Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.  Curator: James Surls

2005          Project Storm: Hurricane Relief Benefit. Project Row Houses, Houston. Curator: Apama

                   Mackey, Mackey Gallery
2005          Everybody Art Show Us Your Feminism, University of Houston. Curators: Terrie Sultan,

                   Michelle Barnes, Lynn Randolph
2005          Back Room, Gallery DIG, Houston. Curator: Wayne Gilbert
2004          Municipal Arts Commission, City Hall, Houston, Curator: Gus Kopriva
2004          Vistas and Visions, Houston Foundry, Curator: Lynn Wexler
2004          The Ten Plagues Invitational, Deutser Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curator: Jennifer Handy

2004          Assistance League Celebrates Texas Art, Williams Tower, Houston, Curator:

                   Jennifer Gross, Yale Contemporary Art Museum
2004          Showcase Houston, Deutser Gallery, Houston, Curator: Miriam Kogan
2003          Soft Frequency Hardware, Gallery 101, Houston, Curator: Wayne Gilbert
2003          Box Show, Mind Puddles Gallery/Bering & James Gallery Houston, Curator: Austin James

2003          Free for All, Steve Martin Gallery New Orleans, Louisiana, Curator: Steve Martin
2002          The National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita,Kansas, Curator:                              Edmund P. Pillsbury

2002          The Art of Living, ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Curator: Greg Donner
2002          Humid: Hot, Sweet and Sticky, Lubbock, Texas Curators: Gus Kopriva and Wayne Gilbert

2002-05     Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Retablos Show, Lawndale Art Center,Houston

2001          The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center Houston, Curator: Annette DiMeo Carlozzi

2001           Visual Arts Alliance Exhibition, Allen Center III Houston, Curator: Clint Willour

2001           Soul Journeys, The CG Jung Center Houston, Curator: Linda Peyton Huff


corporate & public collections

Congregation Brith Shalom
Frostburg State University
George Washington University
Lyondell Corporation
Montgomery College, The Woodlands,

Houston Municipal District Services, Cypress, Texas

The University of Houston, Downtown


awards & projects

2014         Lecturer, John Singer Sargent, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2013         Conversations with the Angel of Death, Congregation Brith Shalom

2013         Juror, Watercolor Art Society of Houston
2012         Hunting Prize Finalist, Hunting Oil

2012        Texas Contemporary Art Fair

2012        The Sktechbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, New York City, International Traveling Exhibit
2012         Mural Commission, The Aranda Residence, Bellaire, Texas
2012         Art Tour Lecturer, Lucian Freud and Dale Chihuly Exhibitions, Dallas and Ft. Worth

2012         Art History Lecture, Six Jewish Artists, National Council of Jewish Women

2011         Christmas Card Design, St. Agnes Academy, Houston
2004-14   Torah Cover Commissions, Congregation Brith Shalom, Bellaire
1986         Mural Commission, Cupolas, Dallas
1984         Mitchell A. Wilder Award, Excellence In Publishing Design, Dallas Museum of Art
1981         Mural Commission, Brady Heights Neighborhood, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, OK

1976         Mural Commissions, George Washington University, Marvin Center, Madison Hall, Housing

                  Office, Washington, D.C.

1975         National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artists Grant Mural Project-Public Works,

                  Baltimore, Maryland
Mural Commission, Student Center, Administrative Offices, Frostburg State University, Maryland



2007-2009     Masters in Studio Art, Painting, New York University, Venice, Italy, and New York City

2000-2004     Advanced Painting and Printmaking, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1975-1976     Masters of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education, George Washington University, D.C.

1970-1974     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Frostburg State University, Maryland
1972-1973     Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, – One Year at MICA and Mural Apprenticeship


curatorial, press & writing experience

2014            Houston Chronicle, "Earth Matters," Molly Gentzler

2014            The Glasscock School News, Keri Bas, "Learning to See Differently," February

2013            Art Slant
2013            Houston Modern Luxury

2013            Jewish Herald-Voice, Aaron Howard, "Houston Painter Brings Us To The Edge," July 11

2013            Jewish Herald-Voice, Aaron Howard, "Casual Conversations with the Angel of Death, " Sept 26

2009            Jewish Herald-Voice, Aaron Howard, "Two Questions of Ellen Orseck," 

2007            Houston Press, Sean Carroll, Capsule Art Reviews
2006            Essayist, Broken Brushes: German Art From the Kaiser to Hitler by Gus Kopriva

2006            Curator, A Prelude to Sculpture, Strake Jesuit Art Museum, Houston

2003-05      Curator,Strake Jesuit Art Museum, Houston

2003            Curator, How Modern Art Escaped Hitler, Holocaust Museum Houston

1997-03      Curator, Holocaust Museum Houston
1994-96      Senior Editor, Southwest Art Magazine
1988-92      Feature Writer, Museum and Arts Magazine, Art Lies, Texas Star, Jewish Herald-Voice

1982-85      Director of Outreach, Dallas Museum if Art


teaching experience
2011-present      Art Instructor, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University

2011-present    Houston Art Instructor, Watercolor Art Society Houston, WASH
2011-2013.        Art Instructor, The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2011                   Adjunct Professor of Art, University of Houston, Downtown
2005-2011         Art Instructor, St. Agnes Academy, Houston
2003-2009         Private Art Instructor, The Houston Foundry, Winter Street Studios.
1982-1985         Art Historian, Lectures, Education Department, Dallas Museum of Art

ellen orseck studio   Winter Street Studio C-9  2101 Winter Street   Houston, Texas 77007






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