Professional Work


I work with both individuals and institutions on the production and revision of many different kinds of projects. Examples include:

  • Writing: books, essays, exhibition catalogues, content for the web, and more.
  • Copyediting, developmental editing, bibliographic editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research
  • Ghostwriting
  • Artist bios
  • Artist interviews
  • Educational essays and lessons


Past and current clients include:
Art in Embassies
Art Story Foundation
Independent Authors & Scholars
Bridgehead Media
Kenyon College, Art Department
Kirkus Editorial
Met Publications, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Penn State University Press
Saylor Academy
Simon & Schuster, Audio Division
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame
The University of Arkansas Press
University of Pennsylvania Press


See below for examples of projects I have worked on or am currently working on. For a complete list, please contact me.


Bennett, Swannee. Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical, and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas, 1819–1950. 2 vols. 2nd ed. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas, Press, 20**.

Bushnell, Rebecca, ed. The Marvels of the World: An Anthology of Nature Writing Before 1700. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.

Benedetti, Alejo. Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: Modern American Heroes in Contemporary Times. Exh. cat., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2019.

Phillips, Jared M. Hipbillies: Deep Revolution in the Arkansas Ozarks. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2019.

Snay, Cheryl, ed. The Donald and Marilyn Keough Collection of Irish Art. Exh. cat., Snite Museum of Art. Notre Dame, IN: Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, 2019.

Snay, Cheryl, and Erika Doss, eds. Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today. Notre Dame, IN: Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, 2018.

Stillion Southard, Belinda A. How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.

“Alphonse Mucha.” The Art Story Foundation;


Creativity and Persistence: Inspirational Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, 2020. (This was a ghostwriting project commissioned by the National Endowment for the arts through Bridgehead Media, who hired me as lead researcher and writer for the book. Download PDF here.)

Exhibition Catalogues
Art Collection of the US Embassy–Tokyo, Japan. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, forthcoming.

Art Collection of the US Embassy–Paramaribo, Suriname. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, 2020.

US Embassy, Paris, France. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, 2016.

Madrid: United States Embassy [Art Collection]. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, 2015.

Art Collection of the US Consulate General, Monterrey, Mexico. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, 2015.

Art Collection of the United States Embassy–Belgrade, Serbia. Arlington, VA: Art in Embassies, US Department of State, 2013.

“Ornat Lev-er, Still-Life as Portrait in early Modern Italy: Baschenis, Bettera and the Painting of cultural Identity,” Sixteenth-Century Journal, in press.

Educational Essays
A beginner’s guide to Byzantine Art,” Smarthistory, 2015
Ca d’Oro,” Smarthistory, 2015
Palazzo Ducale,” Smarthistory, 2015
Dura Europos and the Early Christian ‘House Church,'” Saylor Academy, 2011
Mosaic Decoration in Byzantine Ravenna,” Saylor Academy, 2011

Research and Consulting

Draw a Blank: Modern Art Unfolded by Eva Palacios

Educational Content

Online Courses Developed
Introduction to Western Art History: Pre-Historic to High Gothic
Baroque Art to Neoclassicism
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Roman Architecture

Short Online Lectures
Gianlorenzo Bernini and the Italian Baroque
Dutch Baroque Landscape Painting
Willem Claesz Heda and the Dutch Baroque Still Life
Claude Lorrain’s Landscapes
Introduction to Neoclassicism


Ellen was key in making sure the art history facts developed in my non-fiction children’s book were accurate and appropriate within the context. She commented on specific points, but also took into account the consistency of the whole project. The comments were clear and easy to follow. Ellen’s work ensured the educational value of the content, that a regular children’s editor would  not have been able to offer. I would definitely recommend her services and I look forward to working with her again in the future.
–Draw a Blank (Eva Palacios), Author/Illustrator of Modern Art Unfolded


At every stage I found Ellen to be very focused, responsible in meeting our many intermediate deadlines, clear and prompt in communication, and able to quickly absorb and apply absolutely every problem that I threw her way. Her acclimation to an extremely difficult job was rapid, and she has always been an entire pleasure to work with.”
–Penny Jones, Bibliographer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art