Kate Elliott, founder of Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle (1993), then Elliott Arts West, Santa Fe (2010) relocated to the great Pacific Northwest in May 2014, and is now working from her home in Bend, Oregon. The gallery became one of the premier art galleries in Seattle’s gallery scene, exhibiting a select group of eighteen nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. An emphasis was on artists who worked with glass as their primary medium of expression, but the gallery also exhibited photography, prints and mixed media sculpture.
Among the earliest participants at the Pilchuck Glass School (1972), Elliott later taught Professional Practices for Artists in the '80s, served as acting director (1990), trustee and member of the Artistic Program Advisory Committee, and still serves on the Trustee Circle. She was the artistic and business assistant to Dale Chihuly (1972-88), and a private art dealer specializing in glass (1980-93) in Arizona and Washington before opening the gallery. She exhibited the work of many artists at the Chicago art fair devoted to contemporary glass, ceramics, wood, fiber and metals since their inception in 1985.
Elliott has placed seminal works in prominent museum collections including The Saint Louis Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia, as well as in hundreds of private collections.
Having been in the world of contemporary studio glass world since 1971 and being associated with Chihuly for so many years,, Elliott is authorized by the Chihuly Studio to authenticate his work, and does this on a regular basis, usually doing so by way of seeing pictures of the works and the signatures emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2013 she was asked to write a certificate of authenticity for a piece that was being sold by Michael Little of Renton, WA. If you Google his name you will see what happened to him after forging the artist's name on glass works and documents.
Elliott Arts West continues to work with artists, collectors, museums and corporations to appraise, acquire, install, light and maintain works of art; is actively involved in the secondary market; appraising contemporary studio glass for estate, insurance, division of property, and donation purposes; and helping collectors and their heirs de-accession collections.
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