• 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

    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

    Napa Valley Library, The Backyard Series, Napa CA

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

    Love & Luxe, The Backyard Series, San Francisco CA

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    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

    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

    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

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

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

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

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

    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

    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