Tangled Oaks

Tangled Oaks, Pastel, 5 Panels, 40" x 60" each, 2015

Ellen Wagener was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, and grew up in nearby DeWitt. She received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1989. She worked and taught in Iowa for many years and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Brunnier Art Museum at Iowa State University, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, U.S. Art in Embassies, U.S. Capital Rotunda and in group exhibitions across the country. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Figge Art Museum, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Dubuque Museum of Art. She has completed commissioned works for the U.S. 9th District Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tifffany Foundation in 2007.

Tangled Oaks is part of Ellen Wagener's recent "No Ordinary Moments" exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art, and is now part their permanent collection. It is an unusual project for Ellen, who is best known for creating colorful pictures of broad Midwestern prairies and skies. Click below to see Ellen discussing her inspiration for this set of panels with celebrated art historian, Jane Milosch!

Ellen Wagener and Jane Milosch on Tangled Oaks

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