Celebrated photographer shares intimate photos of the famous, the political and the personal
in exclusive exhibition
WEST PALM BEACH (March 3, 2014) Celebrated photojournalist, author and portrait photographer, Nancy Ellison brings her works to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens during “altered EGOS”: A Retrospective running March 12 – April 13. Nancy has spent her career capturing the intimate and public lives of world leaders and celebrities. She has been honored by the World Press Organization and, this month, receives the Design Center of the Americas’ Stars of Design Lifetime Achievement Award. There will be a special Lecture titled “Altered Egos: Intimacy Among the Icons” Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by a reception. The lecture will also focus on the realities of being a photojournalist and working with celebrities.
Ellison and Sculpture Gardens Executive Director Cynthia Palmieri worked closely on the selections for the upcoming exhibition, to create a story of intimate moments of time in the subjects’ lives, including a touching interaction with Dustin Hoffman and his Kramer vs. Kramer child co-star Justin Henry, taking a break in a swimming pool between filming; Luciano Pavarotti, in full makeup and wardrobe as painter Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, his final operatic performance; a laughing Tennessee Williams, on his way out a door, bag in hand; a smiling, sleep-rumpled Sharon Stone in cow-print pajamas; a loving moment between Chelsea and Hilary Clinton and more intimate glimpses into private and public lives. Some whimsical portraits included are lifelike images of icons which, upon closer inspection, reveal themselves to be dolls. All of the portraits on display are exclusive to the Sculpture Gardens, and not shown during Ellison’s other retrospective tour exhibitions this year.
Nancy Ellison’s portrait subjects have ranged from world leaders such as President and Senator Clinton, President and Mrs. George Bush, President Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin to icons of popular culture, including Tennessee Williams, Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Mick Jagger and Christy Turlington. Besides celebrity portraiture, her photojournalism has included photo essays on British forces in Central America, the Mosquito Indians of Honduras and Belize and headhunters in Borneo. Her work has appeared in noted publications such as Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The New York Times and The London Times.
.“altered EGOS: Intimacy Among the Icons” Artist’s Reception and Lecture will commence March 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Non member admission is $20. Guests attending the lecture and artist reception may R.S.V.P. by calling 561-832-5328.
“altered EGOS”: A Retrospective by Nancy Ellison exhibition runs March 12 – April 13 at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, located at 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach during the regular hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday Nights in the Gardens from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibition tours are offered Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over, $5 for children ages 5 and older. For more information about the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and its season, please visit www.ansg.org.
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Gardens are located at 2051 Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. For more information about the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5238.

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