Angela Ellsworth, Women Have Wings Residency (WHWr) - ARTIST - Co-founder

Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Her solo and collaborative work has taken in wide-ranging subjects such as illness, physical fitness, endurance, religious tradition, and social ritual. She is interested in art merging with everyday life where public and private experiences collide in unexpected spaces. 

Her work has been reviewed in Art News, Frieze Art, Fiber Arts, ArtUS, and She has presented work nationally and internationally including The Getty Center (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ), and Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ). She is an Associate Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts-School of Art at Arizona State University and is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona and Fehily Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia.

She holds an MFA from Rutgers University in painting and performance and a BA from Hampshire College in photography and painting. She attended Skowhegan artist residency on a fellowship and has worked with South African artists Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky (Rosenclaire) for numerous years.

Ellsworth’s body of work called the Plural Wife Project, navigates issues of the body in relation to gender, sexuality, and cultural histories of the western United States.  Exploring the inherent queerness embedded in early Mormon polygamy, the project engages contemporary notions of non-heteronormativity and re-imagines a community of women pioneering an alternative history.  She is founder of the Museum of Walking and co-founder of Two Little Wishbones with her partner, Tania Katan. Together they run a workshop near Siena Italy called Topography of Memory.  Ellsworth was born in Palo Alto, California, grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she is an Associate Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Angela participated in the 2014 residency with activist Shabnam Ramaswamy.