ELLEN SODERQUIST 

BIO

b, Mineral Wells, TX, 1945

Bachelor of Science, Art Education
Texas Tech University, 1968
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver
Southern Methodist University

Since 1979, Ellen Soderquist has been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and a proponent of the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, Ellen creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude human body. The nude has been a constant in her work since 1972; it is her art form. As a teacher of life drawing, she advocates that her students not only learn the techniques of life drawing but that they also understand the role of the nude in the history of art. As a lecturer and an author, Ellen brings the complex relevance of the unclothed human body to the consciousness of contemporary culture. Ellen has found the study of the nude a fascinating and challenging endeavor. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally and have been banned from locations
in Dallas and Austin. She has also received numerous awards, including a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Soderquist ’s experience as an artist led her to teaching; and she has taught at museums, universities, colleges, high schools, and in private venues. As a balance to the “how to” of studio classes, Soderquist created a seminar on the history of the nude to stress themes and concepts embodied by the nude. The fourteen topics for the seminar became the basis for the lecture series: Naked or Nude? The Body in the Art of Western Civilization. Through her art, writing, and lecturing, Soderquist continues to address the importance of the nude with those who have an interest in how perceptions of the nude shape the art of a culture.

SELECTED EXHIBITS AND LECTURES:

2014:

Au Naturel 8th Annual International Competition
Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery
Astoria, OR

Cash Award to teach a Gesture Drawing Workshop at Clatsop College

    2002:    

Works by Women, Curated by a Man (Tracy Hicks, curator)
414 Gallery
Ft. Worth, TX

     2001:    

Figurative Expressions
Collin County Community Distrtict College
Plano, TX

2000:

Red Hot Red Dot, invitational for Women & Their Work
Austin, TX

Masquerade
Edith Baker Gallery
Dallas, TX

Artist’s Talk: “Olympia: Variations on a Theme” for Topics II
Dallas, TX

Visiting Artist, slide lecture and student interviews
Baylor University, Waco, TX

1999:

Up Close and Personal
Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX
Artist’s Talk: “Artist’s Nude Self-Portraits”

1998:

20 x 500X
500X
Dallas, TX

and Tour: 
Richland College
Dallas, TX
Art Center of Waco
Waco, TX

Body & Soul, 2nd Annual Exhibit
State Street Gallery
Dallas, TX
Artist’s Talk: “The Pygmalion Syndrome”

1997:

Drawing
Cedar Valley College
Cedar Valley, TX

1996

Currents in American Art
The Art Center
Waco, TX

The Question of the Body
Brookhaven College
Dallas, TX

The Women’s Museum
curated by Judy DeSanders
Conduit Gallery
Dallas, TX

Open House
Broadway Gallery
Addison, TX

1995:

Showing Off the DCCCD- Art Faculty Exhibition
Dallas Visual Art Center
Dallas, TX

The Figure
Kevin Curry, curator
501-B Hickory Street Annex
Dallas, TX

Twenty-Third Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Exhibition
Ruth Beesch, juror
Arkansas Arts Center
Little Rock, AR

1994:

Hats Off! EASL Auction
Trammel Crow Pavilion
Dallas, TX

Exquisite Corpse Auction for DARE
The MAC
Dallas, TX

COLLABORATIONS: 

1987
Drawings of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry for the stained glass windows at The Meddlesome Moth, Dallas, TX  (Previously at The Hard Rock Cafe; Dallas, TX)

 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Originated seminar for Brookhaven College credit curriculum (1992-1996)  

The Nude in the Art of Western Civilization

Naked or Nude?  The Nude in the Art of Western Civilization
Series of nine books in progress

Exposed! Artist’s Nude Self-Portraits
Book in progress

GRANTS   

1982   
National Endowment for the Arts, Emerging Artist Grant, Drawing

DVDS

2004    
The Art of Gesture Drawing, Love of Art Productions, Dallas, TX 

 

 

LEVEL GALLERY

Dallas, TX 75215 

HOURS

By appointment only