Ellen Holtzblatt is a Chicago-based artist who works in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking and artist books. Holtzblatt's paintings examine her own identity by searching a collective ancestral unconscious. Her work is fueled by the yearning exploration of the connection between the physical and the spiritual – the memories of the body that reside in the soul.
Holtzblatt exhibits her work internationally and nationally at diverse venues, such as the Jerusalem Biennale, Museum of Biblical Art in New York, Inselgalerie in Berlin, Josef Glimer Gallery in Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center. Her work is included in public and private collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection in Chicago and The Center for Book Arts in New York, who selected her book, Sefer Hana, for an exhibition of works from their permanent collection in 2011. Holtzblatt received degrees in visual art and art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her projects have been funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program and her work has been written about in numerous publications.