Phyllis Bryce Ely earned her BFA in painting and printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. She paints en plein air and in the studio, and is regarded for her landscapes and depictions of upstate New York, Lake Ontario, and the Finger Lakes region. She paints mostly in oil, encaustic wax, and pastel (thanks to supplies from the best art store on the planet, Rochester Art Supply).
Phyllis's work has been juried into in national and regional exhibitions including the International Encaustic Artists’ Survey of Contemporary Encaustic at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, California (Jan to March 2019) and the IEA’s Hopeful Darkness at the Atlantic Gallery, New York City (2017); Utopia/Dystopia at Main Street Arts Gallery (2017) in Clifton Springs, NY where she was awarded "Best in Show;" Made in New York 2017 at the Schweinfurth Arts Center; and multiple inclusions in the Finger Lakes Exhibition at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, when in 2013 she received the Gertrude Herdle Moore/Isabel Herdle Award, given by The Gallery Council. Phyllis has received honors and awards at the Sonnenberg Arts Festival in Canandaigua, NY, the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival, and other juried exhibitions. In 2017, she was awarded the Record Archive award for painting at the Rochester Contemporary's 2017 Annual Members Exhibition.
Most recently, Phyllis was invited to participate in the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s Landscapes and the Unbuilt, an exhibit that reflects artist interactions with land and natural places (Feb 1 to Mar 16, 2019). In 2018 Phyllis was commissioned to create the 2018 Park Ave Summer Art Fest poster, which received the International Festival & Events Assoc. Pinnacle Award “Gold: Best Commemorative Poster.” Also in 2018, Phyllis presented “Not My Father’s Iceberg,” a solo exhibit at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs, NY featuring paintings made in response to her father’s photography alongside his images from the Arctic while serving as ship’s photographer on an icebreaker in the Navy in the early 1950s. (see more on this in Father-Daughter Gallery.)
Phyllis is represented by the Oxford Gallery and frequently shows with regional galleries in central and western New York. She is a member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters and International Encaustic Artists, and is a past plein air, drawing, and painting instructor at the Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Her studio is in the Hungerford building in downtown Rochester, home to four floors of creative people in a rambling former factory in Rochester, NY. Phyllis shares a lively workspace with two talented friends (Anne McCune and Maureen Outlaw Church); together, they hold open studio hours with other Hungerford artists most First Fridays (5-9 PM) and Second Saturdays (10 AM-3 PM), and by appointment.
Phyllis’ work is included in many private and public collections, such as Jewish Senior Living of Rochester, Xerox Corporation, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Community Savings Bank, Mobil Chemical Corporation, and Lawyers Cooperative Publishing.
Phyllis lives on the Lake Ontario shoreline in New York state with her husband, Mark. She is the proud mother of Hannah Bryce Ely, CMI, biomedical illustrator, www.hannahbryceely.com.