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About Tami Curtis-Ellis

Most of Tami's work is based on the rich history, music, culture and nature of Louisiana that she has spent a lifetime learning and loving. Represented in galleries across Southern Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Illinois, and Alabama, her work is now owned by patrons from New York to California.

A native of Louisiana, Tami attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA where she received her BA in art education and a BFA in graphic design. She has taught art in the public school system and in private institutions, served as the education coordinator for the New Orleans Museum of Art, and has owned art based businesses involving pottery, hand-painted fabric items, art licensing and two dimensional art.

Tami currently resides in New Orleans, La. Her three adult children are actively pursuing fields in art, engineering, and music.

“When people ask me ‘How long did it take you to paint that?’ I now respond, ‘All my life’. The confidence I have about my work is a result of a lifetime of joys and disappointments.

My palette has transformed into one that allows each color to stand alone to be recognized, while working to bring about the bigger picture with the hue that radiates along side it. That is the way of the South. Each person is a large character by his or her own right, but together, we find a way of building a culture that is unlike any other.

All the time, energy, and inspiration in my artwork are blessings from God. Art itself is a mirror of God's gifts of family, friends, nature and culture. I thank Him for this journey and joyously give Him the credit for what I create.”

– Tami Curtis Ellis

Tami Curtis Gallery
5523 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Recent projects include:

  • Artist and creator or Hope Floats Katrina Aid fund raiser
  • Selected for the Southern Open Art Exhibition / Lafayette LA 2007
  • Solo exhibit Brimstone Museum for Southern Art / Lake Charles LA 2007
  • Featured artist for the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s Global Economic Forum
  • Featured artist for the Blues Masters at the Crossroads 2007 & 2010 hosted by Blue Heaven Studios
  • Featured artist for the New Orleans Opera Association Gala 2007
  • Home Is Where The Art Is / Habitat For Humanity fund raiser 2008
  • Solo exhibit Zeigler Museum of Art / Jennings LA 2009
  • Four artists exhibition at the House of Blues / New Orleans LA 2009
  • Poster artist for the 2011 French Quarter Festival / New Orleans LA
  • Poster artist for the 2012 Blues Music Awards / Memphis TN
  • Poster Artist for 2012 New Orleans Greek Festival / New Orleans LA
  • Poster Artist for 2013 French Quarter Festival / New Orleans LA

Commissions:

  • 2007 Costal Wine Tour poster illustration, sponsored by Southern Breeze Magazine and Compass Marketing
  • Fleur De Lis Fore! Kids public art installation sponsored by Zurich Golf Classic
  • A Song for New Orleans DVD cover illustration for the Katrina documentary, sponsored by Hearst, Inc. and WDSU of New Orleans
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2008 poster / French Quarter Festival Headquarters
  • Hilton-New Orleans, LA / Acquisition for the main lobby
  • Restaurant Amis and Restaurant Friends / Acquisition of 14 original pieces for display and menu design
  • Bayou Boogaloo Festival 2009 poster / Norfolk VA

Shows Exhibited:

  • Bayou City Downtown / Houston TX
  • Bayou City Memorial Park / Houston TX
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival / Louisiana Marketplace and Contemporary 04,05,06,07,08,09, &'10
  • Fresh Art Festival / New Orleans LA
  • Three Rivers Art Festival / Covington LA
  • Peter Anderson Memorial Art Festival / Ocean Springs MS
  • Bayou Boogaloo Festival / Norfolk VA
  • The Licensing Show / New York NY
  • The New York Textile and Surface Design Show / New York NY
  • Festival of the Masters / Disney World - Orlando FL
  • Fairhope Arts Festival / Fairhope, AL
  • World Cultural Economic Forum / New Orleans LA
  • New Orleans Arts Market
  • Red River Revel / Shreveport LA
  • Festival Internationale / Lafayette LA
  • Greater Gulf Arts Festival / Pensacola FL
  • 2014 New York Art Expo Show

Recent Awards:

  • WDSU Channel 6 New Orleans “6 On Your Side” community award
  • First place “Southern Breeze Wine Tour” art competition
  • Second place “Satchmo Festival Art Show” New Orleans
  • Best of Mixed Media at Three Rivers Art Festival, Covington, LA
  • “Hope Floats” image adopted by the Library of Congress
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2008 Poster Competition / French Quarter Festival Headquarters – New Orleans LA
  • Bayou Boogaloo Festival 2009 Poster Competition / Norfolk VA
  • French Quarter Festival 2011 poster / New Orleans LA

Public Speaking Engagements:

  • Naturally Nawlins (New Orleans) / WWL TV / host Frank Davis
  • 6 On Your Side / WDSU TV New Orleans / director Joseph Schiltz
  • The Bernie Cyrus Show / WGSO AM-990 Radio / host Bernie Cyrus
  • New Orleans Opera Association Auction Fund Raiser
  • Jefferson Parish Art Guild / art demonstration and lecture
  • St. Charles Art Guild / art demonstration and lecture

Bibliography:

  • Deborah Burst “Hope Floats” Southern Breeze Magazine, Spring 2006
  • Kristen Campbell “Hope Floats” Mobile Register, January 28, 2006
  • Stacey Paretti Rose “Hope Floats …We Are Unsinkable”, Inside Northside Magazine, 2005 Vol.20 Num.7
  • Joe Bonikowski “Artist Aims to Raise Money for Katrina Victims”, The Palm Beach Post, February 15, 2006
  • “Henning Center Presents Homegrown Louisiana”, American Press August 10, 2007
  • Sherry Lewis “Two Artists, One Exhibit: Southern Breeze Gallery” The Clarion Ledger June 12, 2008
  • John Volk “Livin’ With the Blues in Salina, 2007” Positive Feedback Show Reports
 

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