Ellen A Holmes

Birth Date: 
Birth Place: 
Columbus, NY
Death Date: 
Death Place: 
Beloit, WI
104 Auditorium Building, Chicago ca 1909
Italy, Algiers, Bermuda
Active In: 
Painting - Oil
Painting - Watercolor
Floral Still Life
Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, AIC, 1897, 1900, 04, 06, 07
Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Miniatures by American Artists, AIC, 1909,10, 11,13
Inter-State Industrial Exposition, Hall of Art, Chicago, 1872-1891.
Boston (MA) Art Club.
National Academy of Design, NYC
Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, 1891, 95.
World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.
Palette Club
Ellen Holmes, known to family and friends as Ella, was born in Columbus, New York. In the early 1850s her family moved to a small farm in Beloit where she developed a fondness for animals and flowers that would later be the focus of her art work. While teaching at a country school, Ellen took up painting. A Beloit man, upon seeing her work, commented that she should be an artist. Ellen took his advice and, against her father's wishes, she began to save her money for lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ellen painted china, portraits, landscapes and miniatures. She became known as one of the best flower painters in the country. She traveled and painted extensively in the U.S. and abroad to Bermuda, Florence, Rome, Sicily and Algiers, North Africa. Her works were exhibited in major cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. Ellen Holmes died at her sister's home in Beloit in 1934. "Making a Mark in history," Beloit (WI) Daily News, March 17, 2007