Ellen Holtzblatt is a
Chicago-based artist, working in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking
and artist books. Recent work focuses on ritual and biblical themes, in
which she makes emotional and experiential connections and explores cultural,
personal and archetypal imagery. Yizkor images the Jewish memorial prayer
and examines the relationships among memory, death and birth; and Hamabul is a series of woodcuts that are
feminist and reflective interpretations of the biblical flood. Her projects have been funded by Illinois Arts Council and Community Arts Assistance Program grants.
Holtzblatt has exhibited her work
internationally and nationally at diverse venues, such as the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, Inselgalerie in
Berlin, Harold Washington Library in Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. Her work is included in public
and private collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection in
Chicago and The Center for Book Arts in New York, who selected her book, Sefer Hana, for an exhibition of works
from their permanent collection in 2011.
Holtzblatt received degrees in visual art and art therapy from
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.