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Art and Design

Ellen Rosewall

Ellen Rosewall
Associate Professor, Chair of Arts Management
TH 391
(920) 465-2673

Ellen Rosewall’s thirty years of experience in the arts industry makes her uniquely qualified tocoordinate and teach the Arts Management program. Rosewall taught voice at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and had an active career as a freelance singer, actor and pianist in the Twin Cities before entering arts management full-time in 1989. She has been Executive Director of Schola Cantorum (Palo Alto, CA), Interim Director and Capital Campaign Manager of the Green Bay Botanical Garden, and Director of Marketing and Development at the Weidner Center. She has served on several boards of directors, and has been President of the Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts and President of the Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council. She is currently president of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and serves on several nonprofit arts organization boards in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Rosewall is known nationally as an arts management specialist and advocate for the arts. She has given presentations on arts management for Americans for the Arts, Michigan Assembly for Community Arts Agencies, Association of Arts Administration Educators, Interlochen Arts Academy and the International Society on Politics, Social Theory and the Arts, and has been published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Michigan ArtsLetter, and the Voice of Chorus America. She is in demand as a consultant, working with arts organizations in small and large communities on fund-raising, strategic planning and audience development. Some of her consulting clients have included the Milwaukee Ballet, Door Community Auditorium, Fairfield Art Museum, Wausau Lyric Choir, Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, and Portage County Arts Alliance. From 2001 - 2006 she worked with the Wisconsin Arts Board on a multi-year project that provides community arts development to new arts organizations in small communities, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rosewall is an active advocate for the arts at the local, state and national level. She was a member of the Joint Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Arts Funding, which drafted successful legislation to create an endowment for the arts in Wisconsin in 2001. As President of the Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts, she presided over three Arts Advocacy Days at the state capitol, and is a member of the founding committee of Arts Action Wisconsin and a charter member of the Arts Action Network.