Jack Bentley has described Ethel Lebenkoff’s paintings as “monumental yet simple evocations of the sheer absurdity of how these objects can infiltrate and dominate our consciousness.” Lebenkoff often uses consumer products and lighthearted imagery such as rubber duckys. Humor is a major ingredient in her art. She juxtaposes a dog shaped chair with a chair shaped dog. She paints a red nosed clown and a buck-toothed bunny dueling with roasted marshmallow sticks.
While most of the imagery seems cheerful what with the soft pastels and cartoonish characters, there is always a serious emotion or subject being explored in every painting. “My seemingly simplistic paintings are hybrids: conceptually complex, visually expressionistic and abstract. They are often playful. Paradoxically, I am serious about everything I do.”
Ethel Lebenkoff has had numerous experiences as an artist. She also has a series of encaustic paintings of one of her favorite motifs-the chair. Besides her American education, she studied in Umbria, Italy. Her exhibitions have been in very impressive locations such as the Chase Manhattan Bank and the Empire State Building. She has exhibited internationally in Germany, Austria, Tokyo, Australia, and the Philippines
M.F.A. 1998, MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, California
Post-graduate, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Eleanor Antin (1995)
Patricia Paterson (1995)
Italo Scanga (1993-1995)
Ernest Silva (1993)
Kim MacConnel (1992)
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, 1994, Umbria,
M.S. 1971 STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Buffalo, New York
B.S. 1968 STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, Buffalo, New York
2006 THE LOWE GALLERY, Atlanta, Georgia
2001 EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, New York City, N.Y.
“The Empire Series”
2000 CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, 270 Park Ave. New York City, N.Y.
“Swan Lake in Starbucks Cups”
2000 CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza,
New York City, N.Y.
1998 MILLS COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT, Oakland, CA
Performance: “Five Minutes of Ethel,” By Eddie Shocker
1987 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Music Department
2005 STELLAR SOMERSET GALLERY Palo Alto, California
2005 THE CREATIVE ART CENTER, New York City, N.Y.
2005 REESE BULLEN GALLERY, Humboldt State University, Arcata ,
“Art Faculty Exhibition”
2005 JEWISH COALITION FOR LITERACY, Palo Alto, California
2005 SPIKE GALLERY, New York City, New York
2005 NUTUREART GALLERY, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Paper, Papel, Papier…”
2003 THE CREATIVE ART CENTER, New York City, N.Y.
2003 HISTORISCHEN MUSEUM, Frankfurt, Germany,
2003 MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, California,
“Celebration of the Arts”
2003 FREIRAUM / TRANSEUROPA MUSEUMS QUARTIER Museumsplatz, Vienna,
Austria “Evolutionary Cells”
2003 NEUE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR BILDENDE KUNST GALLERY Berlin, Germany,
2002 GALLERY MOURI, Tokyo, Japan,
2002 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, Washington, D.C.,
2002 MANHATTAN ARTS, New York City, N.Y.,
“I Love Manhattan”
2002 ART CENTER, Pasadena, California,
2002 EXIT ART, New York City, New York,
2002 NEW YORK INDEPENDENT ART FAIR, New York City, New York
2001 EYEBEAM /ATELIER, New York City, New York,
2000 COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS, Eureka, California, Faculty Exhibition
2000 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, Wollongong, Australia,
"Threads of Humanity
2000 HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY, Arcata, California,
"The Curious Line"
2000 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Berkeley, California, Women's Studies
1999 CHRISTIE’S, New York City, N.Y., National Cureted Exhibition,
Coalition for the Homeless,
“Every One Should Have a Home, Every Home Should Have Art.”
1999 I.M. PEI BUILDING, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
1998 GALLERY KOREA, New York City, New York,
“Line in Landscape” National Juried Exhibition
1998 BERKELEY ART CENTER, Berkeley, California, National Juried
1998 MILLS COLLEGE ART MUSEUM, Oakland, California
1998 LOBBY ONE HARBOR DRIVE, San Diego, California
1996 MANDEVILLE GALLERY, San Diego, California
1995 NORTHERN TRUST BANK, Naples, Florida
1994 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART, Umbria, Italy
Jack Bentley, Director, First Street Gallery
Andrea Fahenstock, Curator of the Museum of the City of New York
Stacy Gershon, Vice President Curator, Chase Manhattan Art Program
Adam KesselmanLibrary of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Leah Levy, Curator
Mills College Art Museum
Museum of the City of New York
Palo Verde Partners
Claire Turner, Director, Comme Ca Art Ltd.
The Sterling Grou
AWARDS and HONORS
2005 ARCHIVES ON AMERICAN WOMEN, National Museum Of
Women Artists, Washington D.C.
2004 SELECTED ARTIST, Museum of the City of New York,
2003 SELECTED ARTIST, 9/11 Library of Congress Web Site
2000 SPEAKER, Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, N.Y.
Women’s History Month
1996-’98 ALUMNI TUITION, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1997 SPEAKER, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Inauguration of College Art Compound