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





The Attic Gallery, Vicksburg, MS

American Folk Art, Asheville, NC

Caron Gallery, Tupelo, MS

Oxford Treehouse Gallery, Oxford, MS

Haven, Jackson, MS

Recent and Notable exhibitions






Lounge Arts, Jackson, MS, December 2008

Merigold Marketplace, Merigold, MS, May and November 2008

The Attic Gallery, Vicksburg, MS, October 2008

Mississippi in Central Park Invitational Artist Pavilion, New York City, NY, June 2008

Huntsville Museum of Art Invitational Gala, Huntsville, AL, March 2008

My South Gala, Invitational, Pocahontas, MS, May 2007

Solo Show, Gem Gallery, Peaks Island, ME, August 2006

REcent teaching workshops and demonstrations












Vicksburg Art Association, Vicksburg, MS, November 2008
Guest lecturer, demonstrator

Madison Central High School, Ridgeland, MS, Spring 2008
Guest lecturer: demonstrating and teaching painting techniques to high school art students

The Attic Gallery, Vicksburg, MS, December 2007
Painting demonstration

Mississippi Association of Art Educators Conference, Fall 2006
Guest artist, lecturer: demonstrating and teaching to art educators from Mississippi

St. James Episcopal Church, Jackson, MS, Spring, 2004-2007
Annual Sunday school teaching series with Anthony diFatta

Day Break Shelter, Jackson, MS, 2006
Visiting teacher, contributing instructor for Images from the Edge, a collection of Writings and Artwork from the Mississippi State Hospital Community Services Stubbs Homeless Program

New Traditions Elementary School, San Francisco, CA, 1994
Fourth grade art instructor











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.