Open Studio

Open Studio

Cornelia Arts Building

1800 W Cornelia Avenue, Chicago

March 6, 6 to 10 pm

Please visit me in studio #116. Two floors of art, wine and food!

photograph of my studio by Jordan Scott

In Dialogue

In Dialogue

Curated by Sarah Krepp

Visual Arts Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL

Opening reception: Wednesday, March 4, 3 to 5 pm

Life in Progress

Life in Progress

Hairpin Arts Center

2810 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 2020 6:30 to 10:30 pm

i am. an immigrant

i immigrant

Curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan

The Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, Germany

Opening Reception, March 5, 18:30 - 21:00

Gallery talk March 8, 10:45-12:00

i am. an immigrant

i am. an immigrant

Curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan

The Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, Germany

Opening Reception, March 5, 18:30 - 21:00

Gallery talk March 8, 10:45-12:00

HATCH Residency

I am excited to announce that I am accepted as a HATCH Resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition! The program is an incubator for three resident curators and twelve resident artists to collaborate, develop artistic practices, exchange ideas, and exhibit work. Stay tuned for more news about upcoming exhibits and programs!

Relative Relations

September 12, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Opening Reception: September 12, 2019, 5:30 to 7:30 pm / Program 6:30 pm

Dr. Bernard Heller Museum - Jewish Institute of Religion
Hebrew Union College
One West Fourth Street
New York, NY

Seventy artists explore human connections shaped by genetics, proximity, interests, and shared destiny in “Relative Relations,” on view at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at HUC-JIR/New York through June 2020.

Curator Laura Kruger explains, “This exhibition highlights the connections that provide for the amazing melding of the human race, an ever-widening network of interests, talents, commitment, and broadening diversity.

From Here to There

September 23, 2019 to January 19, 2020
Opening Reception: Monday, September 23, 2019 | 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Artist Talk: The Journey
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 12:30 pm

Artist Talk: Stories That Move Us
Thursday, January 9, 2020 | 6:30 pm 

Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Four contemporary artists—Linda Robinson Gordon, Ellen Holtzblatt, Lilach Schrag, and Michelle Stone—explore the relationship between the physical and spiritual. Works include drawings, paintings, sculptures, and videos.

Unlikely Pairings

August 22 to September 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6-9 pm

Gallery Studio Oh!
4839 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 

Featuring: Julie R. Amrany, Walter Fydryck, Luis Guzman, Ellen Holtzblatt, Oscar Joyo, Lea Basile Lazarus, Beatriz Ledesma, Tom Megalis, Holly Meyers, Bryan Northup, Eileen Meindl O’Hagan, Raul Pizarro, Lee Rainboth, Jeffrey Repko, Howard Russo, Gene Skala, Kevin Slattery, Carol Stitzer, Kasia Szczesniewski, Juliann Wang

A Passing Day: Land and Light

March 12 to May 14
Opening reception: March 23, 2018, 5 - 7 pm
Gallery talk: March 26, noon

Fermilab Art Gallery
Kirk Road and Pine Street
Batavia, IL

The art gallery is open to the public Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30 pm.  Sign in at the reception desk in Wilson Hall atrium.

In A Passing Day: Land and Light, Ellen Holtzblatt's art explores the connection between the physical and the spiritual – the memories of the body that reside in the soul.  Her recent landscape paintings of the Midwestern prairie and the Icelandic tundra become an allegory for psyche and emotion, as she considers place and how one’s surroundings impact feelings and thoughts – seeking lands that seem beyond the control of humans.

Between Earth and Sky

February 12, 2018 to March 9, 2018
Opening reception: February 13, 10:30 am to noon
Artist Talk: February 13, 11:30 am

Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL


Intuitive Hemispheres

February 10, 2018 to March 3, 2018
Opening reception: February 10, 6 pm to 10 pm

Agitator Gallery
1112 N Ashland
Chicago, Il 60622

Intuitive Hemispheres is a show that explores the work of two radically different artists whose work visually deals with the representation of subjective psychological and emotional states in dramatically different ways. Both artists by turning deeply inward, plumbing the subconscious and becoming radically in tune with their own emotions, present the viewer with at times lucid, terrifying, and deeply moving representations of the feelings that we all share in two dramatically different visual ways.

Far From the Front Lines

September 7 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm

Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

This exhibition brings together a community of artists who strongly feel that art is personal, that the personal is political, and the political is very personal. The twenty-two North American contemporary artists selected for this exhibition were among those who responded to the call to create art about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As in many mediums, perspective derives from distance; being far away opens up a natural space for new viewpoints.  Artists who are Far From the Front Lines have created an opportunity for artful dialog beyond borders. It allows both the audience and the artists themselves to actively promote meaningful change in our minds, where all borders ultimately reside. 

The Jewish Art Salon's "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth", curated by Ori Z. Soltes for the Jerusalem Biennale 2017

October 1 to November 16, 2017

Hamachtarot Museum
1 Mishol Hagvura st. 
Jerusalem, Israel

Baer Art Center Residency, Iceland

I am very happy to announce that I have been invited to attend a residency at the Baer Art Center from June 10 to 23, 2017.  The center is located on a beautiful seaside farm facing the Arctic Circle.  I am excited to immerse myself in the landscape and light of the midnight sun!

Voices of Wisdom: New Work by Fellows of the 2015-16 Midwest Jewish Artists Lab.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

RSVP required

Christopher Art Gallery

Christopher Art Gallery

Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted
Chicago Heights, IL

February 8, 2016 to March 8, 2015
Reception: February 11, 4:30 to 7 pm

Solo exhibit of landscape paintings at Harold Washington Library

My landscape paintings will be exhibited in the cases on the 8th floor of the Harold Washington Library from February 1, 2016 to April 15, 2016.

400 S. State Street
Chicago, Il 60605

Spertus Institute - Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

I have been selected to participate in the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab through Spertus Institute,an innovative project designed to forge collaborations, inspire new work, and broaden the impact of the arts in Jewish life. 

Jerusalem Biennale 2015

I am excited to announce that a project I am a part of, Women of the Book, will be exhibiting in the Jerusalem Biennale at The First Station.  My woodcut, Tazria, will be included in the exhibition.  In addition, the image was selected for inclusion in the Biennale catalogue.

Exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum, NYC

Fields of Dreams: Living Shmita in the Modern World

Four of my paintings will be included, as part of a larger exhibition about the biblical concept of Shmita.  The exhibit will open on June 7, 2015.

Holtzblatt Paintings at Glimer Gallery Explore Tension Between the Physical and Spiritual

From Birth to Memory was just featured in The Chicago Sun-Times and was included in this weekend's Sun-Times Mix!

From Birth to Memory

Josef Glimer Gallery

207 W Superior, Suite 200
Chicago, IL

Opening reception:
November 21, 2014
6:30-9:00 pm

A Studio Visit with Ellen Holtzblatt

In preparation for Holtzblatt’s exhibit From Birth to Memoryopening at Josef Glimer Gallery on November 21, assistant director Nicole Rhoden sat down with the artist in her Rogers Park studio to discuss how her practice is shaped by spirituality, familial dynamics and the mystery that lies between personal and collective memory.


MAAT 30th Anniversary Celebration

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

LeRoy Neiman Center

37 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

October 2 - 12, 2014

Gendering Desire: Liberation, Power and Pleasure

October 2 - 24, 2014

Public Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 8 p.m.

Koehnline Museum of Art

Oakton Community College

1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Memory and Birds

Renaissance Court Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center

January 31 to April 13, 2014

Opening Reception: January 30, 2014, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Ancient Hebrew Texts

As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts showcases the work of 14 contemporary book artists who explore traditional themes in unconventional ways. 

June 14 to September 29, 2013

Museum of Biblical Art, New York

Northern Trust: Celebrating Black History Month and Women's History Month

February 1 - March 29, 2013

Reception: March 13, from 3:15 to 5 p.m.

Northern Trust Canal Building 

801 S. Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Exhibiting Artists:
Rose Blouin, Hyangsook Cho, Henrietta (Henny) Dubois, Andrea Harris, Ellen Holtzblatt, Renee Williams Jefferson, Pamela Michelle Johnson, Sioban Lombardi, Kathleen Blankely Roman, Shirley Sullivan, and Dorian Sylvain

Under the Wings: Birds from the Field Museum

March 1 to 31, 2013

Artist Talk and Workshop: March 28, 6-7 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center, 8th Floor

400 S. State St., 60605

Memory and Birds

A. Montgomery Ward Gallery
University of Illinois at Chicago
750 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL

August 27 to September 27, 2012
Opening reception: September 12, 4pm to 8pm

Member Spotlight Exhibit

Chicago Artists’ Coalition is pleased to present ELLEN HOLTZBLATT in this month’s Member Spotlight, featuring work from her painting series, Yizkor, an introspective exploration of the relationships among memory, birth and death.

May 11-31, 2012

Opening reception: May 11, 6-9pm 

Chicago Artists' Coalition
217 N. Carpenter Street

Chicago, IL 60607

15th International Open

March 2 to April 26, 2012
Opening reception: March 2, 2012 6-9 PM

Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642

Chicago Celebrates Woman's History Month

As part of Women's History Month, I will be exhibiting paintings from My series, Yizkor, at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library through the month of March, 2012.

Bucktown-Wicker Park Library
1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Song of the Land

Annual juried exhibition of the Jewish Women Artists Network, a special interest group within the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA.) Juried by Ruth Weisberg.

January 20, 2012 to May 31, 2012
Reception: Thursday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Multiple, Limited, Unique

My artist book, "Sefer Hana," is included in the exhibition, "Multiple, Limited, Unique, selections from the permanent collection of The Center for Book Arts in New York, NY.  The collection will be traveling through 2013 to Savannah College of Arts and Design, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Museum of Printing History, Lafayette College, and the Book Club of California.