About Ellen

Ellen Staller has over twenty years of experience in non-profit visual arts and performance administration, spanning development, communications, public programming, gallery management, and curating. She is currently consulting on benefits and events, while partnering on a dream (still secret) business venture, TBA. She served as Director of External Affairs at A Blade of Grass (2013–2016), a young non-profit that supports and tells stories about artists who are enacting social change within communities. Prior to ABOG, Staller was Director of Development and Communications at Socrates Sculpture Park (2006-2012), a reclaimed waterfront site in Long Island City, NY that now serves as an esteemed exhibition space and vibrant New York City park. She was Program Director at ArtTable (2001–2006), a national association of professional women in the visual arts, and Manager of Fellowships and Placement at College Art Association (2000–2001). Staller was the Gallery Director at HERE Arts Center (1995–2000), featuring emerging artists and curators, creating interdisciplinary and experimental work. At HERE, she also served as Board of Directors from 1998–2006, as well as stage-managed and guest performed for a variety of artists including Claude Wampler, Eve Ensler, and Basil Twist. She was Vice President of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance in 
2012, a multi-year panelist for DCA’s Cultural Development Fund, and has lectured for artists and arts administrators at FIT, Lower East Side Printshop, Mixed Greens, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, School of Visual Arts, and others. Ellen holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. In the realm of hobbies and passions, she is a vinyl collector and DJ, hosting and dining aficionado, and all things disco.