Ellen M. Owens

Philadelphia, PA 19143

Email: ellen.m.owens@gmail.com

Tel: 814.880.0306

Professional info

Ellen Owens creates meaningful cultural experiences through making, curating, teaching about art and history.  As an arts leader, she facilitates community-building, collaboration, and continuous dialogue among diverse groups. 

Recent work experience

· Instruct mandatory graduate Museum Education course, “Museum Practicum,” a class that acquaints students
  with museum learning and interpretive strategies
· Introduce students to educational literature, local cultural resources, and diverse Philadelphia museums
· Assess numerous written assignments, oral communications, and multi-faceted final projects

· Host annual critiques of student work by area professionals and faculty

 

       RESULTS:

       -Contribute in visioning sessions to reshape Museum Studies curriculum and courses
       -Develop lasting mentorships: steered or chaired multiple thesis review committees

       -Collaborate with faculty to create cohesion amongst courses; leverage connections with local museum leaders

Lecturer, University of the Arts

2012 - present
Philadelphia, PA

Community/Volunteerism
  • President, Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia 12/15- present

  • Board Member, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia 9/12-present

  • Vice-President/Membership Chair of Museum Council of Philadelphia & the Delaware Valley 3/09-present

  • Co-founder & curator, HomeSkooled Arts Gallery, 1/09-12

Honors & Awards

PRESENTATIONS

  • Co-presenter: Moore College of Art Leadership Conference 10/13

  • Solo presenter at Small Museums Association Conference 2/11-13

  • Panel presenter at Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums conference 4/08

 

AWARDS

  • Highest Academic Achievement Award, University of the Arts 2006

  • Graduate Assistantship Award, University of the Arts 2005-06

  • Graduate Fellows Award, University of the Arts 2005-06

  • Golden Key National Honor Society Scholar 2001-04

  • Schreyer Honors College Scholar,

  • Dean’s List 11/12 semesters, Pennsylvania State University 2000-04

  • Alice Swartz-Mattil Award, Art Education (faculty-nominated award), Pennsylvania State University 2003

2010 - present

2010 - present

Executive Director, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

2009 - 2014

Manager of Education & Outreach, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
2009

Philadelphia, PA

· Oversaw all high-level decisions and mission fulfillment of the museum, community center, and gallery

· Grew Board of Directors, developed strategies for organizational growth through strategic planning

· Wrote grant proposals, organized campaigns/fundraisers, solicited donors, managed grant funds

· Hired and dismissed staff, administered performance reviews, developed HR policies

· Managed, balanced, and projected budgets; analyzed and controlled finances

· Oversaw all marketing, advertising, and public relations to garner local, regional, and international press

· Created and facilitated key public events, programs, and public representation of organization

· Built partnerships with other local and regional organizations including schools, businesses, and cultural groups

· Began first conservation efforts and protocols to protect permanent art installation

· Curated gallery exhibitions, created interpretive text, directed design
· Created and led tours of installations, public mural sites, and artist studio for all ages and special groups
· Created/designed the first interdisciplinary educational activities for gallery, classroom, and online use

· Managed interpretive staff, volunteers, and graduate-level museum education and exhibition internships

 

       RESULTS

       -Created/monitored 3-year strategic plans and succession planning; grew from staff of 6 to 16
       -Tripled organizational operating budget, created financial reserves and year-end revenue surpluses, ended deficit

       -Raised development income by 98%, attracted first ongoing corporate sponsor and peer-reviewed awards,
         hosted sell-out fundraisers, garnered prestigious grant funds for board governance and conservation
       -Grew ongoing collaborations with local businesses, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, social service groups, and more

       -Showcased works by notable local, national, and international artists and community groups
       -Led tours for First Lady Michele Obama and her children, Mayor Michael Nutter, and the French Parliament

· Provided direction for Museum’s interpretive and education initiatives

· Organized and oversaw all of the Museum’s K-12 education, community, and adult education initiatives 
  such as hands-on workshops, tours, film series, and speaker programs
· Organized and facilitated large-scale public events, scheduled presenters

· Project-managed resident artists for large-scale public artworks and outreach based on the collection

· Developed and monitored budgets for education/public programs, tallied daily museum profits
· Assisted with grant writing and donor cultivation
· Supervised guide staff of 15+: trained, hired, scheduled, administered reviews, managed payroll, etc.

· Created and managed Volunteer Coordinator position and 20+ volunteers
· Led tours of collections, historic sites, and artist residency projects for all ages

· Developed evaluations, marketing, and documentation of programs

· Opened/closed museum, set security alarms, performed object inventory, scheduled gallery maintenance
· Created/designed educational activities for gallery, classroom, outreach, and online use; ran programs

 

       RESULTS

       -Developed walking tour interpretation for artist piece in Independence Historic Park with National Park Service

       -Designed, oversaw, and implemented 7days of educational programs along 112 miles of the Schuylkill River
        with the Schuylkill River Sojourn

       -Facilitated key partnerships with local art, history, and science organizations

       -Published “Women of the APS, Vol. 2,” a set of biographies and portraits by students

       -Built and established successful core family programs

Manager of Education, American Philosophical Society Museum

2007 - 2009

M.A. in Museum Education,
GPA: 3.84/4.0

 

Certificate, Designing Leadership Program

University of the Arts

2005-2006

Philadelphia, PA

Bryn Mawr College

2013

Bryn Mawr, PA

Education

Pennsylvania State University

2000-2004

University Park, PA

B.S. in Art Education with emphasis in Museum and Cultural Institutions
B.F.A. with emphasis in Painting and Drawing

Schreyers Honors College Thesis UnderSkin: Intimate Organics
GPA: 3.87/4.0; in Majors: 3.88/4.0

 

Merle-Smith Director of Learning Programs, Penn Museum,
(University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)

2014 - present
Philadelphia, PA

· Provide strategic guidance for major museum decisions as part of the Executive Leadership team

· Provide vision and direction for interpretive and education initiatives, including new permanent galleries 

· Oversee Museum’s K-12 education, adult groups, and accessibility initiatives such as workshops, tours, speakers
· Manage, balance, control, and project multiple department budgets

· Supervise and mentor 11 full-time staff/educators; oversee department with 60 volunteers, multiple interns

· Oversee Unpacking the Past, a 2.2 million dollar education program for ~10,000 local middle school students
· Communicate and collaborate with all museum departments and key University schools/centers
· Partner with Development Department to author grants and cultivate donors
· Partner with schools, libraries, and educational agencies for collaborative programs and ongoing partnerships
· Liaise with administrators, teachers, policy-makers, to grow and evaluate programs
· Promote educational programs in cooperation with Marketing and Public Relations

· Build and develop Group Sales Department, technology-based programs, and adult group offerings

· Create and host a 4-week full-time Museum Studies course for Chinese undergraduates from Jiangsu Province

     RESULTS:
       -Execute a significant pillar of the Museum’s strategic plan and the University’s directives involving
         public education programs for local, national, and global audiences
       -Host annual 600+ international student event with local dignitaries and mayor

       -Grew K-12 attendance 28% and grew Group Sales revenue (new department) 16% since 2015

       -Created and oversee new committee providing varied professional development opportunities for staff

       -Created critical partnerships with key UPenn schools such as Graduate School of Education and Penn Global

Wharton School of Business, IBM, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia

2015

Philadelphia, PA

Certificate, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute

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