Ellen Cornett


I always made art. I grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Albert Einstein High School, initially choosing Political Science as a college major, but it didn't take long for me to come back to a study of art, with a focus on printmaking. I earned a BA in Studio Art from University of Maryland in College Park.

I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for more than 25 years, producing advertising material, fine art catalogues, product packaging and corporate identity packages for clients across the country.


I started drawing and painting seriously in 2000, and in 2002 I began teaching drawing and painting at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, DC. Inspired by a workshop I took with Wolf Kahn and viewing an exhibit by Paula Rego, I decided to focus on creating a new body of work and was invited to present my first solo show in 2008.


I won the inaugural Brentwood Arts Exchange Project America’s Next Top Master Artist in 2014, which included three rounds of elimination by a panel of judges as well as popular vote. Since 2017 I have been a full-time working artist, presenting work in numerous exhibits both regionally and nationally.


In 2019, the Hirshhorn Museum me to participate in the interactive exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) where I, along with 14 other artists, drew on the walls of the museum to create murals depicting protest, rebellion, and repression.


I maintain a studio in Cheverly, MD.

my . artist run website