Professional Work

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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
  • Copyediting, developmental editing, bibliographic editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research
  • Ghostwriting
  • Artist bios
  • Artist interviews
  • Educational essays and lessons

CLIENTS

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
Midwest Art History Society
Penn State University Press
Saylor Academy
Simon & Schuster, Audio Division
Smarthistory
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame
The University of Arkansas Press
University of Pennsylvania Press


SELECTED PROJECTS

Editing

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, 2021.

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; http://www.theartstory.org/artist-mucha-alphonse.htm.

Proofreading

Seven Circles. Empowering Women Through Cooking: Lebanon. Amman, Jordan: Dergham and Jabal Amman, 2021.

Writing

BOOKS
Creativity and Persistence: Inspirational Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage. 
Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts, 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.)

Italians and the New Byzantium: Lombard and Venetian Architects in Muscovy, 1472–1539.” PhD diss., The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2014.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES
“Chelsea Borgman” in A Celebration of Fifty Years of Women Artists at Kenyon College, 1969–2019, edited by Marcella Hackbardt and Claudia Esslinger, 12. Gambier, OH: In the Moment Press, 2019.

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.

REVIEWS
“Ornat Lev-er, Still-Life as Portrait in early Modern Italy: Baschenis, Bettera and the Painting of cultural Identity,” Sixteenth-Century Journal 52, no. 3 (Fall 2021), 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


TESTIMONIALS

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