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fine art model

Filling a gap in our thriving arts
community, Art of Modeling provides: 


Front Range Fine Art Models

promoting the performing art of figure modeling as an artistic profession
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Boulder Entrepreneur, Ellen Allen, is an award-winning artist and scholar with degrees from both Pratt Institute, NY, NY and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Founder/Director of the Boulder Start Up, the Art of Modeling, established in 2019.


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 San Francisco & Denver, working directly with booking agents at two major talent agencies for a decade.  She managed the model on site at several dozen photo & video shoots with major clients, including LL Bean, North Face, Uber, Firefox-Mozilla, and Tommy Hilfiger.  Ellen combined these rich experiences, identified a niche market and created a boutique 



Before Ellen started up the 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, where she drew inspiration from other female leaders in the local arts world while formulating the Art of Modeling. Most recently Ellen received a University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Certificate of Completion for the "StartUp to ScaleUp" workshop. 


Besides running the Art of ModelingEllen is currently the scribe for the NoBo Art District Board and a regular NoBo Art District volunteer. She has also coordinated volunteers, managed the Bus Stop Gallery & the NoBo Art Center, served as a Gallery Attendant at the Bus Stop Gallery, and performed various administrative tasks for the NoBo Art District.


Ellen is proud of her volunteer involvement in both the Boulder, CO and the Scotts Valley, CA communities that she and her family have made their homes and since returning to Boulder has donated her time & experience in the arts to the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), The Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA), The City of Boulder's Office of Arts & Culture's Boulder Arts Week (BAW), Arts Parts Creative Reuse Center, Art Walk Longmont, and currently to the NoBo Art District

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Ellen art modeling at the 
Los Gatos Coffee Roasters
in Los Gatos, CA 

Illustration by Instructor, John Peck

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 provide a valuable professional service to the arts community, and to make doing so safe & easy

  • To educate artists, instructors, facilitators & arts models on industry appropriate conduct

  • To promote fine arts modeling as an artistic profession & to raise the level of professionalism within the sector

  • To advocate for models’ respect and treatment

  • To make obtaining work as a professional fine arts model easy

  • To negotiate a wage that is equitable to the profession

  • To increase representation of BIPOC, LGBTQIA and persons with disabilities in the figurative arts

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

  • To create exhibition opportunities for area figurative artists

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, and set professional high standards.

Ellen art modeling at the
Neoteric Renaissance School of Art
in the Tannery Art Center
in Santa Cruz, CA 

Illustration by Instructor, Lisa Silas
Art of Modeling founder posing at an atelier
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Ellen art modeling at the
Santa Cruz Art League
Santa Cruz, CA 

Illustration by Richard Bennett

More About Art of Modeling 

ELLEN ALLEN, founder

AOM in a Nutshell: 1 minute introduction at the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture "Year Ahead 2023" in the Arts Presentation
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Thank you to our generous Sponsors & Affiliates

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