Ellen Sollod is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in the Pacific Northwest. Her practice encompasses large-scale, site-specific public art, temporary installations, soundscapes, artist books, and photo-based works. Born in NY, growing up in South Carolina and moving successively north and west, she has resided in Seattle for over 25 years. Ellen has a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MA from the Institute for Urban Studies of the University of Maryland. She served as Executive Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts and the Seattle Arts Commission. Since 1993, she has devoted herself to her public and studio practice, while maintaining an active voice on behalf of integrating the arts in civic life. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Seattle Design Commission and as a member of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Advisory Committee.
Her major commissions include projects for Seattle’s Mercer Corridor, the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant, Olympia, WA Gateway Corridor, San Jose Light Rail, Morrill Meadows Park (Kent, WA), Pier Park (Portland, OR), Bellingham, WA Arts District, among others. Her public work has been recognized by Americans for the Arts PAN Year in Review. Her bookworks are in such collections as Yale University Center for the Book, NYPL Spencer Collection, UW Special Collections, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
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