Bio

Artist’s Bio

Elaine Franz Witten started creating two-dimensional art as a child when she attended classes at The Cleveland Museum of Art. She majored in art at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut and first discovered sculpture at Columbia University, NYC. She later studied with Jane Armstrong, Fellow DSS, Manchester, VT, and at the Carving Studio, W. Rutland, VT.

Ms. Witten is an award-winning, classically trained sculptor, casting with the ancient lost wax method. Hallmarks of her sculpture are beautiful form, creative use of negative space, and illusion of movement. The body of her sculpture work includes figurative, animal, birds and “antique” musical instruments, which she frequently mounts on indigenous stone bases.

Ms. Witten paints in a “semi abstract” or “poetic realism” style. Rather than a literal representation or photo-realism, she intuitively captures with paint how the information present in nature affected her and gives this a voice.

Witten’s bronzes have been exhibited in over one hundred thirty National and International exhibitions as well as museums and regional solo shows.  She has been awarded numerous prizes. Her work is in public as well as private collections in U.S., Canada, and in the private collection of the King of Saudi Arabia. In 2013, Witten became a purveyor of sculpture to the U.S. State Department for use as Presidential gifts.

In New York City, Elaine Franz Witten’s sculptures have been exhibited at Park Ave. Atrium Exhibition Gallery as part of several National Sculpture Society Shows. She has also exhibited at he National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Art Club, as well as the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery.  As part of a power point presentation of the National Society of Women Artists, Ms. Witten’s work was shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Witten’s work has also been shown at the Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA.

Ms. Witten has shown her paintings in oil, watercolor and ink in regional exhibitions and recently won awards for two of her oil paintings from Manhattan Arts International, N.Y.N.Y.

Ms. Witten lives in rural Vermont. Her work is inspired by living close to nature. An R. N., her anatomy knowledge informs her figurative work. She has taught sculpture workshops at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT (2002-2017), and is currently teaching at Taradenarts, North Bennington, VT. She is a past Trustee of Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT.

Elaine is represented by Spa Fine Art, Saratoga, N.Y. and Naples, Florida, Sheldon Fine Art, Newport, R.I., Three Pears Gallery, Dorset, VT. And Landmark Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine.

 

Private Collections

  • 2013 sale to U.S. State Dept. for use as Presidential gifts
  • The collection of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and in private collections around the United States

 

Permanent Public Display

    • Outdoor fountain, Village Green, Old Bennington, VT
    • Public Library, Dorset, VT
    • Fountain project, St. Mary Medical Foundation, Langhorn, PA

 

Corporate Collections

    • Pizzagalli Corporation, Burlington, VT
    • Veco Corporation, Anchorage, AK
    • Houston Contracting Company, Anchorage AK

Commissioned Work

      • Bronze lion heads for fountain restoration project, Village Green, Old Bennington, VT. The Village Lion fountain is listed in the Save the Outdoor Sculpture registry, a joint project of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property.
      • “Spirit of Healing” award sculpture, St. Clare’s Hospital Foundation, Schenectady, NY
      • Fountain project, St. Mary Medical Foundation, Langhorn, PA, 2007

 

Selected Galleries

    • Spa Fine Art Gallery, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
    • Sheldon Fine Art, Newport, R.I. and Naples, Florida
    • 3 Pears Gallery, Dorset Green, Dorset, Vermont
    • Landmark Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME
    • The Copley Society of Boston, Boston, MA
    • Manhattan Arts International, “Artist Showcase Gallery” for “On-line Gallery”
    • Chisholm Gallery, Polo and Sporting Art (Online)
    • National Association Of Women Artists, Online Gallery
    • Fine Art Firm, Louisville, KY (formerly Studio47 and Polonaise Galleries, Woodstock, VT, 2000-2015
    • The Lenox Gallery of Fine Art, Lenox, MA (2002-12)
    • Artworx Fine Art, Saratoga Springs, NY (2006-09)
    • Celeste Susany Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY (2003-04)
    • The Fiddlehead Gallery, Bennington, VT (Invited Artist 1/01to 9/02)
    • Wick Ahrens Gallery, Weston, VT (2000)
    • Harrington & Turner Gallery, Bennington, VT (guest artist year 2000)
    • The Firefly Gallery, Manchester, VT (2000)
    • Legends Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY (1996-1998)
    • Woodstock Gallery of Art, Woodstock, VT (1993-1996)

 

Juried Professional Affiliations

      • National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
      • Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
      • “Copley Artist,” Copley Society, Boston, MA
      • Past Trustee: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
      • Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY

 

Lectures & Teaching

      • Taradenarts, North Bennington, VT, 2017
      • Sculpture Classes and Workshops “Sculptural Elements” (2002-2017) Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
      • DVD “Creative Journey” (lost wax bronze casting method following a Witten work)
      • Lecture & DVD, Wood Gallery, Montpelier, VT
      • Shelburne Farms Exhibition Talk, Shelburne,VT
      • Lecture at Southern Vermont Art Center for Young Presidents’ Orgainization, St. Louis, MO
      • Gallery Talk, Chaffee Gallery, Rutland, VT

 

Studio

  • 2005 Trumbull Hill Road
  • Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
  • Voice: (802) 442-8858 | Fax: (802) 362-7109 | Email: elainewitten@gmail.com
  • Contact Artist for quote on commission work