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promoting the art of figure modeling as an artistic profession

Filling a gap in our thriving arts

community, Art of Modeling provides: 

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The Art of Modeling is a woman/artist/model

owned business in Boulder, CO


Art of Modeling is a proud member of

The Boulder County Arts Alliance

Art of Modeling is a proud member of the

NoBo Art District

Art of Modeling is a proud Colorado Start Up

NPR station, KUNC's recent arts feature on AOM

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The Art of Modeling is a booking agency, fine arts model training provider and an informal professional association of fine arts models in the Boulder-Denver metropolitan area.

Boulder, Colorado has the third highest per capita rate of artists in the country and Art of Modeling is thrilled to promote the performing art of figure modeling & to provide this service to our thriving arts community!

Our Mission and Goals include:


  • To promote fine arts modeling as a legitimate and artistic profession

  • To encourage models’ safety and respect

  • To raise the level of professionalism within the fine arts modeling industry

  • To facilitate both the hiring of models & finding work as a professional fine arts model

  • To promote a wage that is equitable to the profession

  • To create and provide figurative drawing opportunities for the arts community

  • To support figurative artists careers by hosting brick & mortar gallery exhibits 

  • To educate artists & models on industry appropriate conduct

Art of Modeling isn't a non profit, but it is a mission driven woman (minority) owned small business that strives to build community, host free offerings, collaborate with other local organizations, train new art models, set professional high standards, negotiate a higher level of pay for our fine arts models, and pay all Black models at the highest pay grade, $22/hr.

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Ellen art modeling in Los Gatos, CA
Illustration in progress by Artist, John Peck

ELLEN ALLEN, founder

Boulder Artist and Art of Modeling Founder/Executive Director, Ellen Allen, is an award-winning artist with a traditional arts training (A.O.S. Graphic Design) from Pratt Institute, NY, NY and a BA (Psychology) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional coursework at Parson's School of Design at the New School, NY, NY.  


Ellen was a sought-after fine arts model in the San Francisco & Monterey Bay Areas.  Ellen also managed a professional commercial fashion model with dual representation in Denver & San Francisco, working directly with booking agents at two major talent agencies for a decade.


Before Ellen started Art of Modeling, she interned in arts administration for the Boulder County Arts Alliance, and worked in arts administration for the Arts Hub Performing & Visual Arts Center, and for the NoBo Art District.  


Over the years, Ellen has regularly volunteered in the Boulder, CO and the Scotts Valley, CA communities that she and her family have made her home and most recently has donated time & experience to the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), The Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA), The NoBo Art District, The City of Boulder's Office of Arts & Culture's (BAC) Boulder Arts Week (BAW), Arts Parts Creative Reuse Center, and Art Walk Longmont.

Interested in booking a live model?

We can help.


Thank you to our generous Sponsors & Affiliates

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Thank you to our generous Donors & Volunteers!

Charlotte Sutte: Volunteer modeled at the NoBo Art Center group & was FANTASTIC

Lynn Keller: Hung paper flyers for the NoBo Art Center group

Lynn Keller: Paid for advertising in the CO Daily for the NoBo Art Center group

Patrick Allen: Regular stage hand

Hope Scalcini: Delivered costumes to models

Hope Scalcini: Check in duty at a figure drawing marathon

Hope Scalcini: Rescued a model with a flat tire on the way to a marathon

Hope Scalcini: Picked up/delivered coffee refill for marathon artists

Jack Gaffney: Played piano at a figure drawing marathon on a volunteer/tip basis

Will Whalen: Played piano at our figure drawing marathons at the Spark Theater and at our NoBo Art District Arts Pop Up events at the NoBo Gallery at a super low rate, and sometimes even for volunteer

Denise Chaudhari: Agency 313, redesigned the website; a major upgrade from the original

Do you want to help the Art of Modeling succeed?

  • Attend our drop in figure drawing groups at the NoBo Art Center and our figure drawing marathons at the Spark

  • Spread the word about us to other artists and groups that utilize fine arts models

  • Use Art of Modeling to book fine art models for your artistic studio projects

  • Make a monetary donation of any amount

  • Donate food or drinks for our marathons and drop ins

  • Read our fine arts model training manual and then volunteer model for us at the NoBo Art Center

  • Build us an app 

  • Use your TIPS certification to volunteer serve wine/beer at our figure drawing marathons

  • Play your musical instrument or DJ for one of our figure drawing marathons

  • Donate a space that AOM could use to hold our own events, store our equipment, use as an office

  • Promote us on your social media threads

  • Write us a letter of support

  • Let us regularly use your commercial space AFTER hours to hold figure drawing in, rent-free (promotion for your business!).  I used to model after hours for artist, John Peck's class at the Los Gatos Coffee Roasters.  They covered the windows with butcher paper, locked the doors & fed us left over pastries.  THE best almond croissants I've ever had.  My daughter & I used to stop there for them on the way to every San Fransico fashion/commercial modeling job that she booked.

  • Let us regularly use a private area of your commercial space DURING business hours (I also used to model in the basement of the Los Gatos Museum Gallery for Larry Dumlao's group)


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April 17 2021 Figure Drawing

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