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Ellen Sandor


“What do I know for sure?” What I know for sure is: Art saves. Tough art really saves. Cooperation and collaboration rock even more than competition. Partnerships within relationships are mutually inspiring. Family makes it all worthwhile.” 

The Art of Science, Architecture & Chicago Imagists: Selected Works, 1987–2017. Courtesy of Ellen Sandor.  

From New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.   


Ellen Sandor is 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 and others. She co-authored U.S. and international patents awarded for the PHSCologram process, and related papers published in Computers & Graphics, IEEE, and SPIE. 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 honored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2017 for her longstanding commitment to integrating art and science. 

Sandor additionally serves as the 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 Emeritus of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is also Secretary of the Board of Governors for Eyebeam in New York, and is a Board Member of the American Friends Musée d'Orsay et de L'Orangerie.  She is a co-founder of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection.

Untold HERstories: An Homage to SIGGRAPH SIGGRAPH ‘19 LA, July 31, 2019


Cameron was a preeminent feminist artist from the Victorian era who began creating photographic artworks in England when she was given a camera for her forty-eighth birthday. Pictured here is the mother of Virginia Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell. Inspired by Cameron, Sandor and Gina Uhlmann created a series of Fashion Video Portrait PHSColograms in 1986 that were shown at Feature in Chicago. Courtesy of Ellen Sandor, (art)n. 

 Mrs. Herbert Duckworth (Julia Jackson), c. 1867, Julia Margaret Cameron 

 10 3/8” x 8 1/2” Vintage albumen print 

 From the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection 


PHSCologram, IGrams, medical/scientific visualization, virtual reality, web development, neon sculpture, wearable art, 3D printing, projection mapping

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