Born in 1926 in Chicago, Ellen Lanyon built a reputation for creating intriguing images that raise questions about the mysteries of nature and the effects of humankind on our habitat.

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Iowa, Ellen was director emeritus of the Oxbow Summer Workshop, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the College Art Association, and an associate professor of arts at The Cooper Union, New York.

As an artist, painter and printmaker, Ellen had solo exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Boston, and was included in numerous group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, and public art commissions include those in Boston, Miami Beach, Springfield Illinois, Minneapolis and the Riverwalk murals in Chicago.

© BLACK HOLE/the artist, 2014