Sally Elliott has been exhibiting locally and nationally for over thirty years. She was a founding member of Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, which produced a statewide celebration in 1987 including the visual arts, music, dance and theatre. She also worked with the original group of women who organized Front Range Women in the visual Arts on a major anniversary exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in June/July of 2000.  Sally is also a long time member of Spark Cooperative Gallery in Denver where she exhibits yearly. In 2002 she was awarded a three-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, in 2004 she was a recipient of a fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, a Boulder Arts Commission Grant in 1992 and in 1985 was awarded a year as an associate at the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute. She has also been a visiting artist/lecturer at several colleges and universities across the United States. Prior to teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder she taught at other universities and colleges in the United States.  From 1999 to 2011 she was on the Drawing and Painting faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received professor of the year in 2006.   She has been juried into The American Art Collector published by Alcove Books in Berkeley, California from 2006-2010.  Her work is in numerous private and public collections including IBM Corporate Art Collection, United Airlines, and Kenyon College in Ohio, Front Range Community College and Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO.  She currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.


My paintings in gouache on paper reflect images from my dreams, images from traveling to other countries and objects of personal significance. I am interested in the bold use of color and overall pattern which has been influenced in part by Mexican Art, Aboriginal Dreaming's, and Asian concepts of perspective. My images are mostly clothing that has been worn by myself or by my family members. The borders contain other significant imagery pertaining to that person or event. My compositions are generally unplanned and have a "stream of consciousness quality".


These collage pieces are constructed of wood and a variety of natural and found materials that have personal significance to me and were then sealed with acrylic paint. The underlying surface is black gesso. Texture has always been a strong element in my work either throughout the use of repetition or by the actual texture being produced on the surface with paint or other found materials. My artwork has always had a strong narrative quality and sometimes it stirs the viewer to respond personally.



© Sally Elliott 2008-2014