Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Ellen Picken (Republic) was born and raised in Spokane but has made rugged Ferry County her home for the past nine years. Her work is primarily shown in Seattle and Spokane. Despite her remote location she has exhibited across the globe as well, from Ecuador to Germany. Most recently, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell and Vermont Studio Center Fellowship to attend the VSC residency this September. Other residencies include St. Gertrude’s Monastery, Cottonwood Idaho and GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany. Always the wanderer, Ellen’s future plans include an extended stay in Tokyo this coming winter.

Ellen received a 2013 GAP to assist with the expenses of attending the Vermont Studio Center for an artist's residency in September 2013. She primarily works in 2D, oil and graphite on panels. Having lived for a decade in the wilderness of Northeast Washington, her work is built around the solitude and abundance of the forest and community. The GAP will assist with her travel to Vermont, purchase of art supplies and shipment of completed works back home to Washington State. Read about Ellen's time at the Vermont Studio Center Residency.

Ellen received a 2010 GAP towards studio rental and materials for two projects. One is complete a body of work for two solo shows and the other for research and studio time in Berlin, Germany. Picken is of German descent and feels she needs perspective and understanding of where her ideas come from, and that her attraction to the grotesque and the sublime may have strong ties to Germanic myth and tales. While in Germany she will research artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Anselm Kiefer and George Baselitz.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.