During her time in Savannah, Georgia, studying photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Ellen got her first taste of gallery operations as the Exhibitions Manager at Fresh Exhibitions. She helped morph the non-profit gallery space into an influential institution in the Savannah community. Although Ellen’s focus at SCAD was in photography, she has always enjoyed all types of art mediums. Her passion grew as she worked with a variety of artists to enhance their exhibits and market their shows. Now, in her role as Project Manager with Metropolitan Gallery, Ellen continues to find new inspiration in the artists and art pieces she works with everyday.
Get to Know ellen
IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE ART INDUSTRY, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING NOW?
I would suffer through my allergies and be a veterinarian. I happen to be allergic to almost every animal...except tigers strangely enough. I love animals of all kinds and would love to be the person that helps them when they need it.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO AUSTIN?
I grew up outside of Dallas and have spent my whole life admiring the weirdness from afar. After graduating from SCAD, looking for some kind of new adventure, I decided to move here!
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
Constantly learning and bettering myself, we live in a land of opportunity and I fully believe in embracing every moment.
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
A pen and paper; a handwritten thought brings warmth to the heart whether it’s for letters, Thank You notes, or just to jot ideas down. Those I love; without the love and support of family, friends and my dog I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today. Thank You notes for everyone. Photoshop; my creative brain would build up and explode without the wonderful creation Adobe has given the world. If we are being literal here, I can not live without food. I love every kind of food and will try anything new. My car is my safety blanket and goes every I go, which is everywhere.