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Ellen Sandor
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Ellen Sandor is a renown new media artist, a Founding Director of (art)n, and the co-cofounder of Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection. Receiving an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972-75, Sandor was interested in photography, video, and sculpture, as well as Outsider Art. At the beginning of the 1980s, Sandor conceived to conjoin these art practices together with other art forms including computer graphics. This idea brought forth a new medium – PHSColograms, 3D computer-generated sculptures and photographs. The abbreviation stands for photography, holography, sculpture and computer graphics.
Due to the collaborative nature of PHSColograms development, Sandor cooperated with scientists, artists, thinkers and technologists from NASA Ames, the University of Illinois, the Scripps Research Institute, Langley and Lewis Research Centers.
In 1983, Sandor founded (art)n laboratory based in Chicago. The laboratory has been producing PHSColograms for research institutions, private collectors and corporations. Since then the works created by (art)n have been exhibited by Musée Carnavalet, Paris, Galeria Arteconsult, Panama, the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program, DAM [Berlin]. The works produced by (art)n are in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria & Albert Museum, International Center of Photography, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – the University of Oklahoma. (art)n Laboratory was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, SmithBucklin Corporation, the State of Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program, Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and the City of Chicago Public Art program.
Sandor co-authored multiple international and US patents granted to her for the PHSCologram development. Sandor is the co-author of papers published in IEEE, Computers & Graphics, and SPIE. She is a visiting scholar at Affiliate Graduate Faculty, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; as well as a scholar of Culture & Society at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. Moreover, Sandor acts as the Secretary of the Eyebeam Board, as an eDream Affiliate, and Advisory Board Chair of the Gene Siskel Film Center (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). She serves as a Life Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the member of the Board of Governors at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2017 - honored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for her commitment to integrating art and science
2016 - Fermilab's artist in residence
2014 - Honorary doctorate in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
2013 - the Gene Siskel Film Center Outstanding Leadership Award
2012 - Thomas R. Leavens Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts
2012 - ongoing Lifetime trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago
2007 - ongoing Board Member of Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
2003 - ongoing Chair of Gene Siskel Film Center
2001 - ongoing Board Member of The Art Institute of Chicago
1983 - Director of Art N Laboratory
1983 - ongoing President and founding artist of (art)n
1972 - 1975 MFA in sculpture from SAIC
1963 - B.A from Brooklyn College


CRISPR-Cas9: A Ray of Light presented at Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI)

The Digital PHSCologram Sculpture CRISPR-Cas9: A Ray of Light developed by Ellen Sandor, (art)n and multiple scientific collaborators was presented at the IGI Open House at UC Berkeley and donated to the institution. The piece presentation took place during the opening of the IGI Open House designed to introduce the public to the Institute's mission and research projects. The installation became an example of art and science collaboration as a means of communication and expression.


Celebrating Women in New Media Arts

One-day symposium Celebrating Women in New Media Arts as part of 150 Years of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented the new book »Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration«, edited by Donna Cox, Janine Fron, and Ellen Sandor. The symposium provided deliberate context to discuss women achievements in media art and technological development from the 1980s till nowadays.

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Publications & References
Cox, Donna J. and Ellen Sandor and Janine Fron. New Media Futures. The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts. Urbana, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2018.
Fron, Janine and Ellen Sandor. »The Future of Video Games as an Art: On the Art of Playing with Shadows.« The University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center (2001).
Sandor, Ellen and Janine Fron and K Greiber and Fernando Orellana and Stephen Meyers and Dana M. Plepys and M. Dolinsky and M. Dastagir Ali. »Collaborative Visualization: New Advances in Documenting Virtual Reality with IGrams.« Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Visualization (July 1999).
Sandor, Ellen and Janine Fron. »The Art and Science of Collaborative Visualization.« Silicon Graphics World (September 1999).
Meyers, Stephan and Ellen Sandor and Janine Fron. »PHSColograms and Rotated PHSColograms.« Computers & Graphics 19, no. 4 (July/August 1995): 513-522.
Meyers, Stephan and Dan J. Sandin and W. T. Cunnaly and Ellen Sandor and T.A. DeFanti. »New advances in computer-generated barrier-strip autostereography.« Proceedings of the SPIE 1990 Symposium on Electronic Imaging, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (February 1990).