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Richard H. Ellis
George Burns and Gracie Allen

Project Area: North Hollywood
Project: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Project Location: 5215 Lankershim Boulevard
Project Type: Developer


One of three concrete wall relief niches located on the exterior of the Academy’s screening theater building. This 7'h x 5'w x 1'd relief depicts standing figures of George Burns and Gracie Allen looking at each other and smiling.

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Artist Profile

Richard H. Ellis’ artwork reflects an abiding passion for sculptural portraiture.   Ellis received formal training at Otis College of Art and Design where he graduated in 1963 with an MFA in Sculpture with Distinction. The artist was awarded two “Prix de Rome” Fellowships, which expanded his appreciation of the contribution of public sculpture to the quality of life in Europe.  Ellis has been commissioned to complete several portraits for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Ahmanson Foundation.  In 2002, the artist created the “Bob Hope Humanitarian Award” sculpture which was presented to Oprah Winfrey.  The artist lives and works in Elliston, Montana.