Ellen Little
Ellen Little grew up in Los Angeles CA and currently lives and works in San Francisco CA. After receiving her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena CA she moved to New York to work in advertising. There she taught at the School of Visual Arts and worked at Ogily and Mather creating commercials for clients such as American Express and General Foods. After 7 years in New York, Ellen moved to San Francisco and started the graphic design firm Little Design Group. In 2009 she closed Little Design and became a full time visual artist.

Her work has been exhibited in museums including Napa Valley Museum, Napa CA, University of Iowa Medical Museum, Iowa City IA, Milton Art Museum, Canton MA, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA, Pence Gallery, Davis CA and Triton Museum, Santa Clara CA. Her work has also been exhibited in galleries including AIR Gallery, Brooklyn NY, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA and Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA. Her paintings are in the collections of the University of Iowa, Iowa City IA and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh PA.



Permanent Collections

University of Iowa, Iowa City IA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh PA



Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2014
Sanchez Art Center, Jurors Award exhibition—The Urban Bird Project, Pacifica CA

The Gardner, Backyards and Botanicals, Berkeley, San Francisco & Healdsburg CA

Workshop Gallery, Backyards, Botanicals and one Urban Bird, Sausalito CA

2013
Napa Valley Library, The Backyard Series, Napa CA

Low Tide Club, Ellen Little: Recent Works, Sausalito CA

2011
Love & Luxe, The Backyard Series, San Francisco CA



Selected Group Exhibitions

2014
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Summer National Juried Show, Novato CA
Juror: Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco CA

Gray Loft Gallery, Flora and Form, Oakland CA

Pence Gallery, Slice, Davis CA
Juror’s Award First Place, Carrie Lederer, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA

2013
Napa Valley Museum, Date with the Devil, Yountville CA

Milton Art Museum, Spring Group Show, Canton MA

Sanchez Art Center, Left Coast Annual, Pacifica CA
Juror’s Exhibition Award, Lucinda Barnes, Berkeley Art Museum CA

Piedmont Art Center, Return to Simplicity, Piedmont CA
Award of Merit, Rene de Guzman, Oakland Art Museum CA

2012
Box Heart Gallery, 11th Annual Art Inter/National, Pittsburgh PA

Brooklyn Art Library, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn NY

Pacific Art League, Secret Gardens, Palo Alto CA
Best of Show, Richard Ambrose, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA

Firehouse Arts Center, Fresh Works, Pleasanton CA
Award of Merit, Kim Anno, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA

2011
A.I.R. Gallery, Wish You Were Here, Brooklyn NY

2010
Triton Museum of Art, Statewide Watercolor Competition, Santa Clara CA
Jurors: Karen Frey & Rebecca Schapp, DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara CA

2009
Sanchez Art Center, Bay Area Annual, Pacifica CA
Juror: Joanne Northrup, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA



Awards and Honors
2014
Juror’s Award First Place, Slice, Pence Gallery, Davis CA,
Carrie Lederer, Bedford Gallery

2013
Juror’s Exhibition Award, Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
Lucinda Barnes, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Award of Merit, Return to Simplicity, Piedmont Art Center, Piedmont CA
Rene de Guzman, Oakland Art Museum

2012
Best of Show, Secret Gardens, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA
Richard Ambrose, PAL

Award of Merit, Fresh Works, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton CA
Kim Anno, California College of the Arts



Selected Bibliography

Noe Valley Voice, Open Studios, by Corrie M. Anders, September 2012

Watercolor Artist Magazine, Ten artists you should know by Jessica Canterbury, December 2011

The Independent, Harrington Gallery focuses on ‘Fresh Works’, May 17, 2011

http://www.mercurynews.com/pacifica-entertainment/ci_25524949/left-coast-annual-opens-at-sanchez-art-center