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About Ellen C. Caldwell

Ellen C. Caldwell is an art historian, writer, and featured contributor to the New American Paintings blog. She has taught art history around the greater Los Angeles area at Mt. San Antonio College, Otis, and Pepperdine University, where she also works as the director of Seaver College web production. She is a regular contributor to New American Paintings and JSTOR Daily, and she also writes for KCET Artbound, Artvoices Magazine, and more. 

Caldwell’s essay “Myth, Midtopia, and Mapping: Frohawk Two Feathers and the Making of the Frenglish Empire” was featured in Two Feathers’ museum catalogue for his traveling exhibition “You Can Fall: the War of the Mourning Arrows.” She also co-authored “‘Superpredators’ and ‘Animals’: Images and California’s ‘Get Tough on Crime’ Initiatives” in the Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies; curated “Recrafting History: History, Nostalgia, and Craft in the American Memory” at Taylor De Cordoba in 2011; and co-curated “Edible Empire: African Cocoa in the Global Economy” at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006.

In 2014, Caldwell received a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International grant to travel to the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts to complete an arts writing residency.


August 2014 - Present Director of Seaver College Web Production, Pepperdine University
July 2008 - Present Adjunct Professor of Art History, Pepperdine University

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