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Ella Gant explores intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. She was a 2011 named fellow in digital and electronic arts for the New York Foundation for the Arts and currently serves on the foundation’s Advisory Board.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art’s Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources. Gant’s work has been shown at national and international venues, including Exit Art, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub and Abrons Art Center in New York City; the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif.; and Great Hall, in Washington, D.C. Her work has also been shown at the Berlin, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and San Francisco LGBT international film festivals.

Gant received her master’s of fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, graduating with a specialization in the (then) nontraditional area of performative video installation. She joined the Hamilton College art department faculty in 1991.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Video
Advanced Video
Digital Arts Workshop


  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Named Fellow, 2011
  • Light Work grant, 2007
  • Faculty development grant, Hamilton College, 2005
  • Richardson Award for Faculty Innovation, Hamilton College, 2003
  • Kirkland Endowment, research grant, Hamilton College, 1999
  • Class of 1966 Career Development Award, Hamilton College, 1994
  • Upstate Media Regrant from the Media Center at Visual Studies Workshop, 1993
  • Kirkland Endowment, research grant, Hamilton College, 1991 and 1995
  • Juror’s Choice: “New American Talent” Texas Fine Arts Association, 1990

Select Exhibitions

  • 2014, “When Gertrude met Susan: A Lesbian Literary Love Fest,” San Franciso Queer Arts Festival, Mexican. Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, Calif.
  • 2013, “Otherwise: Queer Scholarship Into Song,” Dixon Place, New York City
  • 2013, “Variant,” Faculty Exhibition, Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.
  • 2012, “Desire/Deseo,” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Artist/contributor to an installation and webcast by Regina Vater
  • 2010, “Bonanza!” ‘Fit to Be Bound,’ Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 2010, “Private (dis)play: Contemporary Artists’ Sketchbooks,” New York Academy of Art, New York City.
  • 2009, “Head Shot,” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2009, “Private (dis)play: Contemporary Artists Sketchbooks,” Millbank Gallery at COCA, (Center for Creative Art), St. Louis, Mo.
  • 2009, “Privated (dis)play: Contemporary Artists Sketchbooks,” Emerson Gallery, Clinton, N.Y.
  • 2009, “Little Life II,” SUNY Oswego, Oswego, N.Y.
  • 2000, “The Welcoming Table,” Texas Folklife Resources, Austin, Texas
  • 1996, “Dead Bees Buzzing,” Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1995, “Good Girl,” University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis.
  • 1993, “Little Life,” Earlville Opera House Gallery, Earlville, N.Y.

College Service

Program director, New York City Program, spring 2013
Chair, Art Department, 2006-10

Professional Experience

External reviewer, Studio Art Program, Wellesley College, 2010
Associate professor Hamilton College, 2001-present
External reviewer, Studio Art, Middlebury College, 2002
Visiting associate professor, Transmedia, University of Texas at Austin, 1999-2000 and 2002
Visiting artist, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1996
Artist-in-Residence, Simpson College, 1989-90
Photographer, Texas State Senate, Austin, 1988-89
Program director city of Austin Art-in-the-Park, 1988-1989

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Imaging certifications, United Digital Artists, New York City
Visual Studies Workshop, digital video workshops, Rochester, N.Y.
MF.A., University of Texas at Austin
B.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison

Porter Scholar Honors Program, Beloit College

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