Ellen Priest Selected for Art in Embassies’ Doha 2023 Embassy Program

Artist Ellen Priest is selected by the Art in Embassies (AIE) Program to be a part of their 2023 Embassy Program in Doha, Qatar. See the full Doha 2023 exhibition HERE.

For more than thirty years, Ellen Priest has centered her abstract multimedia paintings on jazz. Basing a series of works on a single musical composition, she begins by listening to the score and creating quick, improvisational “brush studies” to visually capture the essence of the piece’s rhythm and sound. Priest then superimposes layers of opaque and translucent paper while also cutting away and collaging other forms, resulting in a dynamic interplay of movement and depth. “Jazz evokes in me what I want my artwork to evoke in the viewer—joy, energy, inspiration,” she says.

ABOUT Art in Embassies (AIE):

Art in Embassies (AIE), a U.S. Department of State program, creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and fosters mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.

AIE develops and presents approximately 60 exhibitions per year and has installed over 70 permanent art collections in more than 200 of the Department’s diplomatic facilities in 189 countries.

To accomplish the mission, AIE engages over 20,000 international participants, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors.

— https://art.state.gov | Art in Embassies | U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.