Amee Ellis

B. OWATONNA, MN / 1972

Amee Ellis grew up around the Midwest and studied fine art photography at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in solo and juried group exhibitions, including the Figge Art Museum, and received Best In Show at “Iowa Exhibited XXXVI” in 2021. She has participated in juried art festivals, including the Des Moines Arts Festival and Art in the Pearl in Portland, Oregon. Publications include The Annals of Iowa and DSM Magazine. Amee recently completed a special project for Des Moines Metro Opera titled The Sea Beneath Our Feet, a photographic interpretation of their 2022 world-premiere opera, A Thousand Acres. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


Amee’s photographs explore the subtle beauty found in the flatness, folds, and fields of the Midwest landscape. Whether contemplating the feel of fresh snow or the form of a flower in a particular state of bloom, she regards her subjects with wonder and moves the viewer to look more closely at this emotive landscape. In her wandering, Amee discovers a deeper understanding of her experience here and affirms her own intimate connection with this place she calls home.


All of Amee’s photographs are produced with film and old manual cameras. This practice requires chemical development in a darkroom before one can see a physical image. Amee creates her gelatin silver prints through this magical process using light-sensitive materials, red safelights, and chemical potions, where images that were once invisible become visible.


Photo by Katie Flippen