Ellen Avril

Chief Curator, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

At the Johnson Museum, Ellen Avril has curated or cocurated more than 40 exhibitions on a broad range of topics in traditional and contemporary Asian art. Among the exhibition catalogs she has authored or contributed to are Nature Observed and Imagined: Five Hundred Years of Chinese Paintings; Ancient Artistry: Pre-Chinese Ceramics and Jades from the Shatzman Collection; and Heavenly Earth: Early Chinese Ceramics from the Shatzman Collection. She served as project director for the renovation and reinstallation of the Johnson Museum’s Asian art galleries in conjunction with the 2011 building expansion. She was formerly associate curator in charge of East Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum and earned her M.A. in art history from the University of Kansas.

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