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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 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, and set professional high standards.

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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. She is currently the NoBo Art District board meeting scribe and volunteer coordinator.


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 her home and most recently has donated time & experience in the arts 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!

Robyn Cochran Ragland: A true AOM Angel; she attends every figure drawing marathon possible, comes early to help set up, brings her workhorse to share, has instructed classes through us at the rate of basically gas money, shows up to draw and give another artist's perspective at one of our model training workshops, came out to support our collaboration with Burning

Lynn Keller: Paid for two months of advertising for the NoBo Art Center group, donated a folding workhorse, hung paper flyers for the NoBo Art Center group

Crystal Polis:  For telling someone about my early stage AOM idea in front someone, which forced me to follow through with it

Patrick Allen: Regular stage hand; has volunteer modeled, installed dimmer switch in the art center for us

Hope Scalcini: Delivered costumes to models, check in duty at a busy figure drawing marathon, rescued a model with a flat tire on the way to a marathon, picked up/delivered coffee refill for marathon artists

Joseph Scalcini: Donated a good quality Bluetooth speaker so we can have music while we draw

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

Charlotte Sutte: Volunteer modeled at the NoBo Art Center group & was FANTASTIC, a true muse

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

Kaz Umezono: Shares his super strong light with the NoBo Art Center group

Paula:  Letting us borrow her awesome dais to use at the NoBo Art Center

Mike Munger:  Fixed one of our stools

Boulder Figure Drawing Group (no longer running): Donated their dais, stacking workhorses to AOM

Nude Foods Market: Allowing us to use their store, after hours, to hold weekly figure drawing sessions beginning Spring 2022

Farfel's Farm & Rescue's Sandy & Jeff: letting my sign sit outside of their Pearl Street business, Farfel's

David Mandelbaum: Donating a LARGE amount of fabric for window coverings for our Nude Foods Market after hours figure drawing

MaryBeth Ward: Donated an easel to us

Diana Devine: Donated an easel to us

Mark Talbot: Donated a Drawing Clipboard to us

Barbara Kornfeld:  Donated a great dais for us to bring to our figure drawing marathons

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

  • Sponsor our marathons and drop in groups by donating food or drinks 

  • 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 Francisco 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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