Houston, TX - Located in the heart of the museum district of third ward is Houston's main cultural attraction and treasure. The Houston Museum of African-American Culture (HMAAC), which opened in 2000, have showcased many outstanding art exhibitions featuring powerful works by leading artist's. Every year, several prominent international and national artists have shown their art in the museum, leaving an indelible artistic imprint on the community and the city.
Now one of local artistic talents, who has emerged on the national scene continues his trek as a national treasure, Ted T. Ellis, chemist, artist advocate, and accomplished artist of 30 years is currently being featured at (HMAAC), Houston Museum of African-American Culture. "Pride, Dignity and Courage: A Survey of Art of Ted Ellis. T. Ellis provides of 50 original paintings, spanning over 25 year that provides a pictorial narrative of African-American History and Culture. You will feel each painting speaking directly to you. The exhibition takes you on an historical journey, starting with slavery in America and the journey continues toward freedom and equality in the United States. This exhibition is mesmerizing, as well as emotional; T. Ellis art is the embodiment of the museum, a museum that is continuously providing rich cultural content to its 3 million plus citizens and residents of Houston, TX. The big city of Houston, TX has another famous African-American artist that they can now boast as it's on national treasure, Ted T. Ellis. "Pride, Dignity, and Courage: A Survey of Art of Ted Ellis", is a must see exhibition. The art exhibit starts on April 23-June 25, 2016. HMAAC is located at 4807 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Opened Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 713-526-1015.
About the artist:
Ted Ellis, who currently resides in Friendswood, Texas is recognized as an artist of historical importance. Ted Ellis joins the ranks of such talents as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden. His unique style of art is enjoyed and collected by major corporations such as Coca Cola, State Farm and Walt Disney, along with private collectors Brad Pitt, Blair Underwood, Angela Bassett, Spike Lee and Bryant Gumble, to name a few. Ellis’ paintings are in the permanent collection in such prestigious locations as the DuSable Museum, the first and oldest African-American Museum located in Chicago,the McKenna Museum in New Orleans, LA, the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit, MI and the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. Ellis grew up and was educated in New Orleans, twhere the history of the city inspired him to capture the essence of its rich culture.Ellis is a self-taught artist who paints in a unique style which he has described as “Tedism,” a style influenced by American Folk Artists and the Impressionistic painters of Europe. Education through art is a passion of Ellis who is dedicated to the cause. He is very active with community programs and lends himself to various non-profit organizations to help raise funds for student scholarships. He has partnered with such notable organizations as the The Tom Joyner Foundation’s “Art with a Purpose” program. T. Ellis was awarded a federal grant in 2009 through the Obama administration to help administer his visual arts literacy program to encourage disadvantaged students.
In March of 2015 Ellis released a commemorative piece, “Bloody Sunday — Selma, 1965” for the City of Selma in honor of the 50th anniversary for the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Ted had the honor of being the official Artist for the City of Selma in honor of the 50th anniversary. Ellis’ “Juneteenth Freedom Project” was featured at the U.S. Senate Building in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth in 2015 of last year.