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, the Finger Lakes region, and her travels. She paints primarily with oil, encaustic wax, and oil with cold wax medium.
Phyllis's work has been juried into in international, national, and regional exhibitions including the International Encaustic Artists’ Survey of Contemporary Encaustic at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art in Ontario, California (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.
Phyllis was invited to participate in the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s Landscapes and the Unbuilt, a 2019 exhibit that reflects artist interactions with land and natural places. 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.” That same year, she 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 Arctic photography while serving as a Navy photographer aboard an icebreaker in the 1950s. (see Father-Daughter Gallery.)
Phyllis is represented by the Oxford Gallery and frequently shows with other regional galleries in New York. She is an active member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, International Encaustic Artists, and Working in Wax, 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 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 including Bausch & Lomb, Xerox Corporation, Mobil Chemical Corporation, Rochester Institute of Technology, Nixon Peabody LLP, Jewish Senior Living of Rochester, and Rochester Community Savings Bank.
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.