Ellen Hartwell Alderman describes the creative mission of Alderman Exhibitions, her innovative gallery space that insists on an integrated art experience, and she explains the importance of relationships—with artists, collectors, and other art spaces—in sustaining that mission.

"I'm a bit skeptical of this curatorial term, that everyone and their mother is now a curator. I'm much more interested in the idea of an artist's show being an artist's show. It's not my show. It's not a theme I've come up with. I'm interested in what an artist feels is important in their work right now.”

Ellen Hartwell Alderman is the Founder/Director of Alderman Exhibitions, an experimental gallery space in Chicago that she operates with her husband, Garry. She also serves as Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, an organization dedicated to investigating and promoting contemporary architecture’s cultural position through public programming and the distribution of grants. Alderman received a BA in the History of Art and Comparative Literature and a BFA in Metalwork and Jewelry Design from the University of Michigan in 2003; an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009; and she is currently working on a PhD in Art History that focuses on architecture, urbanism, and design, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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