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Ellen is born in NYC and lives in Chicago. She a new media artist and Founding Director of (art)n. Sandor’s PHSCologram sculptures and installations with (art)n have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art–The University of Oklahoma, and others. Commissions include Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Smithsonian Institution, City of Chicago Public Art Program, and State of Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program. As a Visiting Scholar of Culture and Society, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she co-edited and contributed to New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.  She also co-authored U.S. and international patents awarded for the PHSCologram process, and related papers published in Computers & Graphics, IEEE, and SPIE. 

Sandor is currently the Secretary, Board of Eyebeam and Advisory Board Chair, Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She serves on the Board of Governors, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Life Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sandor is also co-founder of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection. In 2012, she received the Thomas R. Leavens Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts through Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and in 2013, she received the Gene Siskel Film Center Outstanding Leadership Award.  

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and Fermilab's Artist in Residence in 2016. She was also honored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2017 for her longstanding commitment to integrating art and science.

IG: @ellensandor_artnlab

Portrait taken by

Jessica de Vreeze | @hopeje

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