Ellen Langford


Ellen grew up in Jackson, Mississippi.


New York Studio School, New York, NY: Drawing Marathon, June 2005

Maine College of Art, Khatadin Wilderness: Painting Workshop, October 2004

La Escuela Sevilla, la Antigua Guatemala, 1996

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1994-1995

Colby College, Waterville, ME, 1990, BA, Religion

Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, spring, 1990

Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, summer 1989

University of Southern Main, Stone Coast Writers’ Workshop, August 1989

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 1987-1988, Studied painting under Jere Allen

Gallery Representation





Recent and Notable exhibitions






Traveling, Multi-Artist Show, Stennis Flag Themed, Ongoing

Mississippi State University Union Gallery, Solo Show, 2019

Haven Gallery Jackson, MS, with Rachel Misenar, 2019

Pearl River Glass Gallery, Jackson, MS, Solo Show, 2018

Museum of the Mississippi Delta, with Lacey Johnson, 2018

E.E. Bass Center, with Bottle Tree Studios, 2018

The Cedars, Jackson, MS, with Scott Cook, 2017

Rosenzweig Arts Center, Columbus, MS, Solo Show, 2016

Delta Arts Alliance, Cleveland, MS, Solo Show, 2016

American Folk, Asheville, NC, with Shawn Ireland, 2015

Fischer Gallery, Jackson, MS, Solo Show, 2014

Mississippi Children’s Museum, Solo Show, Visiting Artist, 2013

Mississippi Arts Commission, Solo Show, 2013

Hot Tin Roof Gallery, Memphis, TN, Solo Show, 2012

Doma Gallery, New York, NY, Solo Show, 2011

Turnrow Gallery, Greenwood, MS, with Robin Whitfield, 2010

Wye Mills, Maryland, Artist Retreat, 2009

REcent teaching workshops and demonstrations












Under construction











University of Mississippi Medical Center Permanent Collection:  Library, Student Union, and Wiser Hospital for Women.

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran

Vicksburg, MS Mayor Lawrence Leyens

University of Massachusetts Associate Vice-Provost Joan Becker

Former White House and Camp David Interior Designer Joanne Bartlett

Former Chief Sound Engineer at Ford Motor Company, Alex Gorodisher

The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, MS

Award-winning journalist Casey Parks, of the New York Times, Glamour Magazine, and the Portland Oregonian

Various Private Collections nationally, as well as Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom


An artist native to Mississippi, I build images with oil or acrylic of the physical and psychological spaces and connections between church and tree, child and dog, blue and orange.

Whether commissioned, working from my heart in my studio, or painting on location, I am driven to communicate with layers of color and texture until each image becomes its own and I can move on. Several paintings at a time are always in progress, and I move back and forth as each piece develops at its own pace. I try to paint a playful, and often joyful, outlook on life. I have always painted and as it has become my primary work, it has become my way of storytelling. 

After years away, studying and making art, it has been in returning to Mississippi that my work has found its rhythm and become highly narrative as I try to make sense of the race, class, religious, cultural, mixed up gumbo of this place. I've become a parent in this post-Katrina war time, and this is having a profound effect on my thoughts and my work.