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sheffiel@kenyon.edu | www.ellensheffield.com | 740 5076451 P.O. Box 26  Gambier, OH 43022 

Areas of Specialization - artist’s books & works on paper

Selected Exhibitions


Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered Traveling Exhibition venues in NY/CT area i(invitational curated by Alice Walsh & Chris Perry)


Know How, 2018 Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, Cleveland, OH (summer workshop instructors exhibition)


Utopia/Dystopia: Inspiration and the Artist Book, 2017 Laramie County Book Arts Invitational, Cheyenne, WY

Conspire: Collaborations, Cooperation, Collection, College Book Art Association, Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL (juried members exhibit)


Artful Books, Concourse Gallery, Upper Arlington, OH (invitational)

Making Sense of the Senses,  The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY


/mit da deta/: Source Materials Visualized, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Ideation Experience, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

CODEX International Book Fair, Craneway Pavillion, Richmond, CA


Not Only Natural, The Gund Gallery, Kenyon College Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Gambier, OH 

Present(ation) Public(ation) Install(ation), J Williard Marriott Library,  University of Utah, College Book Art Association, Salt Lake City, UT (juried members exhibition)


Ohio + 5 The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH

Book + Art: The Reading Room, Denison Museum, Denison University, Granville, OH (invitational)


Page by Page, Burton D. Morgan Gallery, The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH (solo)

Trace Studies, The Word and Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY (solo)


The Language of Fiber, Schnormeier Gallery, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Mt. Vernon, OH (invitational)

Off the Page, Paper Circle Gallery, Nelsonville, OH (three artists)

Word Image Text Object, College Book Art Association, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (juried members exhibition)


Pyramid Atlantic Artist Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

Book Arts 2010 Invitational, The Word and Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY

Faculty Exhibition Kenyon College Art Department, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH                                                                 

Spreading the Influence Girl’s Club & Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH


Heavenly Day Schnormeier Gallery, Mt.Vernon Nazarene University, Mt. Vernon, OH

Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place College Book Art Association, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA (juried members exhibit) 

Beyond Words: Bookfest 2009 Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ (invitational)


Art in Fibers Root Art Center, Mt. Vernon, OH (invitational)

Faculty Exhibition Kenyon College Art Department, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH


Artists’ Books The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH (invitational)

Bookfest The Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY


Bookworks 5 Cincinnati Book Arts Society, Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati, OH

Third Annual Bright Hill Press North American Juried Book Arts Exhibit, Word and Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY

Bookfest The YWCA Lexington at 53rd, New York, NY

An Open Book Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH 

Mining the Lloyd: Book Artists Reveal Secrets and Treasures from the Lloyd Library and Museum Lloyd Library and Museum, Cincinnati, OH (invitational exhibit)


Convergence The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH


Wall Pieces, On Paper, Shaker Heights, OH (solo) 


Fables & Tales, St. Matthews School, Santa Monica, CA (solo) 

Something to Hold, Pomerene Center for the Arts, Coshocton, OH (three artists)

Forced Associations, ABC Corporate Offices, Los Angeles, CA (solo) 

Paper in Japanese Culture, Dublin Recreation Center, Dublin, OH


Fables & Tales, Bistro Zeeto, Atlantic Highlands, NJ (solo)

Bound & Folded On Paper, Columbus, OH (solo)


Professional Experience

2017 - present

Instructor of Art, Department of Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

2007 - 2017

Visiting Instructor of Art, Department of Art, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Courses taught: 

Book Arts: an introductory studio arts class exploring the intersection of text, image and book. Structures, surface treatments and conceptual practices are taught.  

Art & Text Re-mix: an intermediate level studio arts class exploring image & text via broadsides, zines and artist's boo

Art & Text: Visible Language  an introductory studio arts class exploring typography, design and works on paper using images & words.                             

Introductory Drawing: beginning level drawing course exploring mark-making, basic drawing skills and material experiments on paper.

1996 – present

Artist/owner Unit IV Arts, book art & design studio, Gambier, OH. Produces commissions, collaborative artists books with poets, writers and printmakers and artist books containing my own poems

2006 - 2000

Director of Programs, The Kenyon Review, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH. Responsibilities included coordinating and directing all aspects of The Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshop and Young Writers Workshop.  Developed and implemented a Writers Workshop program in Vitorchiano, Italy.

2005 - 2002

Artist in Residence Program Artist, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

2005 - 1998

Artist-in-Schools Program Artist, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus, OH

2000 - 1999

Interim Curator, College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH

1997 - 1989

Gallery Director, Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

1995 - 1983

Arts Attorney, Sheffield & Sheffield Attorneys at Law, Gambier, OH




Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Foundation Artist Residency


Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship


Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship


Workshops/Lectures Presented


Gund Gallery Kenyon College Workshop Instructor “Zines Now” (fall 2018)

Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Foundation Workshop Instructor "Art & Text Remix" (summer 2018)

2015, 2014

Workshop Instructor for Kenyon Review Student Associates 1939 Press Broadside Workshop (fall 2015, 2014)

2016 - 2013

The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, “The Art of Text” Gambier, OH (co-taught with Gretchen Henderson)

2014 - 2009

The Kenyon Review Young Writers, “Handmade Journals & Adhesive Transfers” workshop, Gambier, OH


Kenyon College Art Department, Professor Gregory Spaid’s Photography Course Mesaros Visiting Artist workshop “Enclosures” Gambier, OH

2011 - 2010

The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, “Verbal to Visual” workshop, Gambier, OH


Kenyon College English Department, Professor Janet McAdams’ Advanced Poetry Workshop“Found Object and Altered Books” Gambier, OH 

The Kenyon Review Literary Festival, “Artist Books” Gambier, OH


Kenyon College English Department, Thomas Writer in Residence Professor Fanny Howe’s Poetry Workshop, “Book Arts” Gambier, OH

2004 - 2002

Columbus College of Art and Design, Professor Edward Lentz’s Creative Writing course, “3-D Poetry” Columbus, OH


University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, Professor Linda Gregerson’s MFA Art and Poetry Hybridity course, “Found Object Book Workshop” Ann Arbor, MI

The Ohio State University Department of Art, Professor Rebeka Modrak’s, Book Art Class,“ Paste-paper, papermaking and bookbinding” Workshops, Columbus, OH


Workshop Attended


Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, poetry workshop with Natalie Shapiro, Gambier, OH


Paper & Book Intensive, workshops with Katie Baldwin, Anne Corvell, & Barbara Tetenbaum, Ox Bow, Saugatuck, MI


Analog to Digital workshop with Tricia Treacy, Wells College Book Arts Center, Aurora, NY


Work in Progress, workshop with Susan King, Berea, KY


Paper & Book Intensive, workshops with Hedi Kyle & Matthew Liddle, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN


Frederick W. Goudy Workshop with Harriet Bart, Scripps College Press, Claremont, CA 

Letterpress Printing and Fine Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging WritersThe Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (scholarship recipient)


Book Arts Tutorial with Angela Lorenz, Bologna, Italy


Poetry Workshop with Janet McAdams, The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Gambier, OH. 

Advanced Poetry Workshop with John Kinsella, Kenyon College Department of English, Gambier, OH (spring semester)


Book Arts with Keith Smith and Scott McCarney, Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass, CO (scholarship recipient)


Word and Image with Janet Zweig, Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass, CO


Alternative Photo Processes with John Woods and Laurie Snyder, Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass, CO


Collage and Book Arts with Clarissa Sligh, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY



J.D. The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio


B.S. Art Education, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio



Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale University

University of California Riverside

Kenyon College Special Collections

College of Wooster Special Collections

Denison University Special Collections

Private collections in Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans


Selected Commissions


Cover Art for Seek After / On Seven Modern Lyric Poets, edited by David Baker, Steven E. Austin State University Press, Nacogdoches, TX


Matriculation Book, designed for Kenyon College Special Collections, Gambier, OH

2008 - 2005

Sculptural book art centerpieces for the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, annual gala dinners, Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, NY




500 Handmade Books Volume 2, Lark Crafts (my work published in this book)


1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Sandra Salamony and Peter and Donna Thomas, Quarry Books(my work published in this book)


Sheffield Integrates Law and Language, Molly Gray, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, featured alumnus in “Career Paths” alumni magazine, All Rise, winter issue


Modern bookmaker packs big worlds in small space, Kay Koeninger, The Columbus Dispatch, review of Bound & Folded solo exhibit

Exhibitions Curated

"The Book as a Work of Art: Contemporary Artists' Books from Kenyon's Collection" 8/17/16 - 10/21/16  Greenslade Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library, Kenyon College



Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, Birmingham, Alabama

Abecedarian Artists’ Books, Denver, CO


Professional Organizations

College Book Arts Association

Center for the Book, New York, NY