Current Exhibitons

Museum of Contemporary Art / La Jolla: Inaugural Opening of the Selldorf Building

April 9, 2022, ongoing, group show, curated by Anthony Graham

The Jewish Museum, New York: Personas: Artists on Artists

October 28, 2022 through April 2023, group show, curated by Stephen Brown

Upcoming Exhibitons

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Art Music & Feminism in the 1950s

January 21, 2023, through May 7, 2023, group show, curated by Katherine Ransbottom

Curriculum Vitae

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b. Galveston, Texas June 7, 1923; d. Los Angeles November 10, 2017

Ethel Fisher painted in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. She had solo exhibitions in Havana, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


University of Houston

The University of Texas, Austin, with Everett Spruce, Howard Cook, and William McVey

Washington University, St. Louis, with Fred Conway

The Art Students League of New York, with Morris Kantor, Robert Beverly Hale, and Will Barnet

Select Solo Exhibitions

1986 Michael Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles

1975 Mitzi Landau Twentieth Century Art, Los Angeles

1961 Edward Dean Gallery, San Francisco

1960 Angeleski Gallery, New York

1958 The Riverside Museum, New York

Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

The Gallery, Miami

Washington Federal Art Exhibit, Miami Beach, FL

1957 Instituto Nacional de Cultura, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

1954 Joe and Emily Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables

Mirell Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL

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Select Group Exhibitions

2003 "Face to Face: Portraits," Platt Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles

2000 "Revealing and Concealing," Portraits, Skirball Cultural Center and Museum, Los Angeles - catalogue

1999 "Art Trends 1940s - 1960s," Kendall Campus Art Gallery, Dade Community College, Miami

1998 "Venice Art Walk," Exhibit, Venice, CA

1997 "Group Show, Paintings," Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX

1986 Michael Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles

1985 "AG Nature," Visuals for Performance Art by MAFISHCO, Dance Theater Workshop, New York

1983 "Facings," Downey Museum, Downey, CA

1979 "Portraits/79," Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles

1978 "Déjá vu," Masterpieces Updated, Downey Museum, CA

1977 "Shades of Grey," Drawing survey, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles - catalogue

"Cityscapes," San Francisco Museum Association

"California Figurative Painters," Tortue Gallery, Los Angeles

1976 Video Interviews, Ron Feldman Gallery, New York

Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco

"Westside Story," Tortue Gallery, Los Angeles

Broxton Gallery, Los Angeles

1975 "Current Concerns," curated by Walter Hopps, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

1974 "Painting, Color, Form and Surface," Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA - catalogue

1973 "Women Choose Women," New York Cultural Center, NY - catalogue

1972 "Small Images Exhibit," California State University, Los Angeles - catalogue

1971 "Figurative Show," Los Angeles County Museum (art rental)

1968 "The 164th Annual," Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia - catalogue

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Waddell Gallery, New York

1967 "The Contained Object," Collage, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Eugenia Butler Gallery, Los Angeles

"Artists by Artists," Capricorn Gallery, New York

The Silvermine Annual New England Exhibit, Silvermine, CT

1965 Castagno Gallery, New York

1961 "Cubism Now and Expressionism in the West," Ford Foundation and Stanford University and the De Young Museum, San Francisco - catalogue

1960 Staempfli Gallery, New York

Survey Show, The Museum of Modern Art (art rental), New York

The Boston Arts Festival - catalogue

Riverside Museum, New York

1957 Sarasota Art Association at Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

1956 The Lyceum, Esposición Colectiva de pintura Norteamericana, Habana, Cuba

1945 The Philadelphia Print Club

"Artists under 25," Jacques Seligmann Gallery, New York and Bennington College, VT


1965 The Tiffany Award for Painting, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, NY

1963 The Kulicke Award, Westchester Art Association, White Plains, NY

1959, 1960 The Four Arts Award, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL

1957 Harry Rich Exposition, painting award, Miami

1953 Lowe Gallery, first prize in painting, Miami

Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY

The Museum of the City of New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK

The Martha Alf Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, FL

The Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

Penticon Gallery, Penticon, BC, Canada

Peabody Museum, Nashville, TN

The Archives of American Art, NY

The Eighties Co. Inc., Taft Entertainment (Showtime TV), Beverly Hills, CA

Williams and Ballas Law Firm, Los Angeles

The Jim Walters Collection, Miami and Atlanta

The Security Pacific Bank Collection (now Bank of America), CA

The First National Bank of Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Lennar Corporation

The Ryder Collection

Richard Plummer Inc. A.I.D., Miami

Jay I. Kislak Corporation, Miami

Maurice, Inman and Fine Attorneys, Los Angeles

Academic and Professional Affiliations, Lectures

Brentwood Art Center, Staff Instructor, Advanced Painting, 1980-1982

The San Francisco Academy of Art, Guest Lecturer

California State University at Northridge, Guest Lecturer

University of California at Los Angeles, Studio Lecture

University of Southern California, Studio Lecture

The University of Miami, Guest Lecturer

Florida Arts Commission, appointed by LeRoy Collins, Governor of Florida, 1960-1961

President, Florida Chapter, Artists Equity Association, 1959


"Ethel Fisher" in L.A. Rising: SoCAL Artists Before 1980, Article, Photos (California International Arts Foundation, 2010)

  Hometown Santa Monica, The Bay Cities Book, Cover, Article, Photos (Prospect Park Books, 2007)

"At Home with Ethel Fisher," Nancy Smith, Palisadian Post, Feature Article, Photos, August 17, 2006

Archives of American Art, 1997

Art Week, Review, June 18, 1983

Who's Who in American Art (American Federation of Art, 1982, 1959)

The Los Angeles Times, Review of "Portraits/79," April 29, 1979

Visual Dialogue, Feature Interview by Roberta Loach and Photos, Vo. 3 No. 2 (Winter 1977-1978)

"Ethel Fisher: Corbusier Chair in Front of Terrace," Artweek, Photo w/caption, Dec. 3, 1977

"Buildings Live on Canvas," Charlene Ahern, Palisadian Post, Feature Article, July 15, 1976

Art Week, Review by Sandy Ballatore, April 10, 1976

"California Artists," 30-minute Video Interview, produced by Gerry Rosen, 1975

"Buildings as Ikons," Art Week, Article by Martha Alf, Photo, March 15, 1975

L.A.I.C.A. Journal, mentioned in article, February 1975

"Expressive Drawings" in Hidden Elements of Drawing, J. Mugniani, Article, Photo (Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1974)

"An Old House Gets Its Chance," Dan MacMasters, Los Angeles Times, Feature Article, Photos, March 3, 1974

ARTS, Review, February 1973

San Francisco Examiner, Article about show at Edward Dean Gallery, Photo, January 23, 1961

Pictures on Exhibit, New York, Review of Solo Show at Angeleski Gallery, February 1960

The New York Times, Review of Solo Show at Angeleski Gallery, February 20, 1960

ART News, Review of Solo Show at Angeleski Gallery, February 1960

"Archives of Venice Biennale," 1960

"Our Town's New Shows," Doris Reno, The Miami Herald, Review, August 1958

Gran Pintura Norteamericana," A. Martinez Bello, Diario de La Mañana, Habana, December 18, 1957

"Visitò el Presidente la Sala de Arquitectura en Bellas Artes," Diario, Habana, December 10, 1957

"Vida Cultural y Artistica," Rafael Marquina, La Informacion, Review, December 5, 1957

"Cultural Activity, Mastery and Sensitivity, the Paintings of Ethel Fisher," Adele Jaume,

Diario de la Mañana, Review, December 3, 1957

"Four Art Exhibits Display," The Miami Herald, Review, January 24, 1954

Television and Film

1987 Paintings used in Showtime Original Movie, "Home Fires"

1986 Paintings used in NBC-TV series, "Family Ties"