Nationally Celebrated Juneteenth Freedom Project Artist Ted Ellis Exhibits
HOUSTON, Texas, June 26, 2015—Ted Ellis, the art chair for the National Juneteenth Organization, the organization founded by Dr. Ron Myers, who provided the opportunity to feature several original paintings of Mr. Ellis at the U.S. Senate Russell Rotunda Building on last week in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth. Mr. Sam Collins, the Galveston County Citizen of the Year recipient also played a vital role in this historical event. Currently, T . Ellis has paintings on exhibit depicting the American Slavery Experience at College of the Mainland Gallery in Texas City until July 7, 2015.
“Ted’s artwork not only tells a story about the journey of our great nation but evokes a feeling of empowerment and hope,” Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX) said after viewing The Juneteenth Freedom Project Exhibit, which featured ten iconic pieces from Ellis’ American Slavery series.
Poised for international exposure as he prepares for a US based, ten-city tour, Ted’s heart beats for educating through art. “Exposure to art is important for stimulating the mind and improving critical thinking. Visual arts is one of the important pillars for learning. It is the precursor to (STEM) science, technology, engineering and math,” explains Ellis, who earned a degree in Chemistry from Dillard University. “Art also heals, because images can speak powerful truths with the essence of hope and empowering… We need art in our lives, it raises the value of humanity.”
The College of the Mainland Art Gallery is open Monday – Thursday from 10 am until 4 pm and by appointment. You may contact the museum staff by calling 409-933-8354 or 409-933-8348.
About Ted Ellis
Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, a city known for its rich African-American heritage history. Currently residing in Friendswood, Texas, Ellis is a self-taught artist who boldly blends realism and impressionism in his work, evoking nostalgia and inspiration. He is an artist with vision and a growing legacy. Ellis has been commissioned by well-known brands such as Walt Disney Studios, The Minute Maid Company, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, and Avon, Incorporated.
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