The grand unveiling of the latest painting in the Cities of Peace series,
Yerevan: To Know Wisdom, was held at the National Gallery of Armenia on December 18, 2015, in commemmoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial.

Yerevan: To Know Wisdom was created at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU), Yerevan, Armenia.

Yerevan: To Know Wisdom is on view through April 2016

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National Gallery of Armenia Website

Ellen Frank's Cities of Peace® Treasure Suite
has been selected to be exhibited at the

70th Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz
in Auschwitz January 2015. It is thought that this will be the last commemoration that survivors will attend. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first Artist Roundtable with Polish artists to inaugurate creation of a commemorative painting honoring the Liberation.


The Cities of Peace® Treasure Suite is currently on display at
East Hampton's Guild Hall Museum of Art
in the exhibition: New Additions to the Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection 2010-2014

Inspired by the monumental Cities of Peace series, the Treasure Suite honors the history and culture of world cities that have suffered trauma and strife. The hand-illuminated gold leaf suite affirms understanding as prerequisite to peace and directs world attention to the importance of cities in preserving the great achievements of humankind.

Now through January 4, 2015

Guild Hall Website

AUGUST 10 – 12, 2014

Ellen Frank will present Cities of Peace at the
International Peace Resource Association Foundation (IPRA)
on the occasion of their 50th anniversary, in Istanbul, Turkey

 Conference Website

JULY 2 – 4, 2014

Ellen Frank presented a paper on Cities of Peace
and chaired a panel at the
Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
"Arts, Peace and Conflict" conference in Liverpool, UK.

 Conference Website

 We are pleased to announce that our
Book of Judith and Hanukkah Illuminated: A Book of Days

are now on view at the

Rare Book Room
Jewish Theological Seminary

3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-8000

Monday – Thursday
Noon to 5pm or by appointment

JTS Website  •  JTS Library Website


We are delighted to invite you to a Talk & Brunch
Sunday, September 29, 2013
10:30am to 12:30pm

As Subject And Object
 Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts

Featuring an exclusive talk at 11:00am sharp by Ellen Frank on
The Book of Judith

Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 408-1500

JUNE 14 to SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

New York NY

We are delighted to invite you to view

As Subject And Object
 Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts

Featuring the debut exhibition of The Book of Judith

Exhibition opens Friday June 14
and runs through September 29, 2013

Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 408-1500

“Among the most visually striking works in “As Subject and Object” are a series of studies for and finished pages from “Hanukkah Illuminated: A Book of Days” by California-born, Long Island-based Ellen Frank and her studio, Ellen Frank Illumination Arts. Using micrography to create recognizable figures and gold leaf to suggest hand-painted manuscripts, Frank presents finely rendered elements – birds, soldiers on horseback, architectural elements, a cosmographic rendering – to illuminate the story of the Israelites’ victory over the Seleucid Empire and the miracle of the lamp oil.”– MOBIA exhibition materials

MOBIA Website  •  Press Release

MAY 3, 2013

Our Kickstarter Funding Campaign for
The Book of Judith started today!

We were immediately selected as a STAFF PICK
by the Kickstarter staff!

NOVEMBER 14, 2012

Resource Furniture Showroom
New York NY

Please join Resource Furniture in Celebration of
Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc.
and Cities of Peace

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Resource Furniture Showroom
969 Third Avenue, 4th Floor, NYC

RSVP  Marlie 212 753.2039 or

Resource Furniture website


JULY 21–22, 2012

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons
will feature the world premiere of new gold-illuminated paintings on vellum from Hanukkah Illuminated: A Book of Days, a work in progress by EFIAF.

Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22
The Jewish Center of the Hamptons
44 Woods Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

Preview art cocktail party Saturday 5-8 p.m. & Dessert reception 9:30-11pm.

Sunday Festival l0am-4pm


NOVEMBER 21, 2011 to JANUARY 4, 2012

A Special Holiday Treat from EFIAF

Cities of Peace is on display in the windows and first floor of
Bloomingdale's Soho now through January 4, 2012

Bloomingdale's Soho
504 Broadway between Prince and Broome Streets
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Press Release  •  View Photos

March 16 - April 16, 2011

Cities of Peace at The Martin Art Gallery
Baker Center for the Arts
Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA

Reception: March 16, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Artist talk: April 7, 7:00 p.m. as part of
Social Research Social Justice Conference

Curator: Dr. Margo Thompson

Gallery info

April 17, 2011

Ellen Frank, Honorary Guest Speaker at
The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Allentown, Pennsylvania


April 7, 2011 7:00 pm

'Art as an Instrument of Social Justice" Public Lecture
Plenary Speaker: Ellen Frank

8th annual Social Reseach Social Justice Conference

Association of Independent Colleges, Department of Media & Communication

Muhlenberg College
Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Poster  •  Poster  •  Program


Cities of Peace Festival "Dreaming Peace"
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 5:00 pm
Guild Hall Museum of Art
East Hampton, New York

Write a poem, leaf a page, view the paintings and enjoy the music!

Honoring Martin Luther King's world changing speech "I have a dream" that inspired and galvanized the civil rights movement

1 p.m. Gilding Workshop
2 p.m. Film "The Making of Cities of Peace"
2:15 p.m. Poetry Jam
3 p.m. Peace Music Jam
4 p.m. Cities of Peace Tour

Special Guests: Danny Simmons, Ellen Frank, Anna Barie and Pat Noecker with vocalist Chelsea Mark of Brooklyn-based band These Are Powers, Mike Garcia, aka Colizeth Expansure, lead singer from Brooklyn-based Flaming Pink, The Sam Lester Trio, Teri Kennedy, Scott Chaskey

OCTOBER 23, 2010

Guild Hall Museum of Art
East Hampton, New York

Cities of Peace comes home to East Hampton!
Opening Reception Saturday October 23
6 - 7pm Members Preview
7 - 8pm Public Opening

Guild Hall Museum of Art
158 Main Street
East Hampton, New York


SAVE THE DATE! September 11
"New York: This is My City!" from Cities of Peace
Celebrate our City
Dash Gallery
DD 172 Duane Street, NYC 

SAVE THE DATE! October 23
Cities of Peace comes home to East Hampton!
Grand Opening
Guild Hall Museum of Art
East Hampton, New York

"Jerusalem: A Painting Toward Peace"
woven into silk carpet by Islamic women in Iran!
This is our dream of peace through the arts! Inspired by the first CITIES OF PEACE painting, produced by premier carpet company Orley & Shabahang, under the artistic supervision of Bahram Shabahan.

CITIES OF PEACE® awarded official Trademark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A milestone for EFIAF.

"Hiroshima: Winter Bloom" and "Sarajevo: Here" NOW on view at
Flomenhaft Gallery Annex
547 W 27th Street, NYC

Stay Tuned!
Spring 2011 CITIES OF PEACE goes to Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

JULY 21, 2010
Ellen Frank talks KINETIC

Dash Gallery

172 Duane Street, NY NY 10013

View Invitation
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JULY 1, 2010
Ellen Frank premiered two new paintings at KINETIC

Dash Gallery
172 Duane Street, NY NY 10013

View Invitation

APRIL 24 2010
Intersections International Celebrates EFIAF's CITIES OF PEACE in Concert!

View Invitation

 FEBURARY 19, 2010

Golden Piano at Damon Dash Gala Opening!
See it on YouTube - click here!

Dash Gallery
172 Duane Street, NY NY 10013


Photo courtesy of the East Hampton Star


You are cordially invited to an afternoon of shopping and cocktails
to benefit the Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 1pm - 3pm

>  View Invitation

47 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
(631) 907-9150

Guests will enjoy a 10% discount on all full-priced merchandise

10% of all proceeds will benefit EFIAF

JANUARY 7, 2009

New York City

Gold Illuminated paintings honoring world cities traumatized by war

>  View Exhibition Photos

Celebrating world cities as the source and center of culture and humane values

Wednesday, January 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

on ART as an instrument for global understanding

Abigail E. Disney, Ph.D.
Philanthropist & Filmmaker • President, Daphne Foundation

Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, 2000-2008

Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Founder and Artistic Director, Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc.


Cynthia P. Schneider, Ph.D.
Head, The Arts & Culture Dialogue Initiative, Saban Institute, Brookings Institution

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St.
New York City

Open Seating        R.S.V.P.       631.329.0530 


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SEPTEMBER 11th, 2008


11 September - 10 October 2008
New York City
Tria Gallery


11 September 2008 OPENING RECEPTION 6 – 8pm
Comments by noted artist, scholar and author Dr. Ellen Frank at 7pm

Click to view invitation

Tria Gallery logo

Tria Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 5th fl., NY NY 10001

 on National Public Radio's

Listen LIVE or on the WEB - click here !
Airing Saturday, April 12, 2008, between 8:00 – 10:00am

NPR Correspondent MARGOT ADLER interviews

The Jonathan & Diana Rose Commission for THE ROSE HAGGADAH
(joining Frank Stella, Judy Chicago, Larry Rivers, David Levine and more)

This broadcast is archived with a slideshow on the NPR site here:
NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts
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noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming.  

Announcing the CITIES OF PEACE Inaugural Tour Dates!

25 January - 10 March 2008
New York City
Saint Peter's Church, CitiCorp Building

31 January 2008:  OPENING RECEPTION 6 – 8 pm
3 paintings on exhibit: Baghdad, New York, Lhasa.
St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue, New York NY, 10022

5 November - 14 December 2007
Bronxville, NY
OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

8 November 2007:  GALLERY TALK 7- 8pm by Ellen Frank
OPENING RECEPTION to follow 8-9pm

Concordia is located in the Village of Bronxville, Westchester County,
north of Mount Vernon and south of Scarsdale and Eastchester.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday & Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Closed Thanksgiving weekend Thurs. through Sun.)

The OSilas Gallery is located in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center
on the 2nd Floor of Scheele Memorial Library.
Concordia College
171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 337-9300

 Our new partnerships and relationships include:

    The Prince’s School of Traditional Art, London
    New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
    United Nations Association New York
    National Association of Women for the Arts
    Oriental Institute, Sarajevo
    Helplanka, Great Britain
    Claro Learning, Great Britain
    Applied Arts, Amagansett, NY   

 2007 Cities of Peace™ will open at the Concordia College’s OSilas Gallery

 2008 Cities of Peace will open at the City Corp. building in New York City

 2008-9 Cities of Peace will kick-off the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC) Grand Reopening and run for 3 months! Featuring 10 paintings, lectures by international cultural leaders focusing on “Art as an Instrument for Global Peace and Understanding.  

 2009 Cities of Peace will be exhibited in Great Britain and Australia, sponsors Helplanka and Claro Learning, Great Britain

 Cities of Peace will be the inaugural exhibit at the new campus of Stony Brook Southampton.

 We presented Cities of Peace at the United Nations to members of the Global Campaign for Peace Education, of The Hague Appeal for Peace and were invited to join the Campaign.

 The Illumination Atelier trained 10 new interns, who then assisted teaching adults and children throughout the East End community.

 We are engaged in developing a Distance Learning program with: Faye Feller, CoChair of the NGO Education Committee of the UN, and National Association of Women for the Arts; the Prince's School; and Applied Arts.


A whisper of good news... Artistic Director Ellen Frank has been nominated for a major peace award... more to come!


Announcing an EFIAF Event!

Hannukkah Illuminated: A Book of Days
with Celebrated Guests Ellen Frank and Everett Fox

Dramatic Readings Featuring ELLEN FRANK’s Illuminated Art & Professor EVERETT FOX's Texts

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons
December 10, 2006, 10 a.m.
9:30 a.m. Bagels & Coffee

Click to view Invitation

Click to read Press Release


Announcing the East Hampton debut of the
Cities of Peace Project

Illuminated Paintings and Hand Knotted Carpets
With Ellen Frank, Artistic Director,
Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation
and Faye Feller, United Nations

Click to view invitation

Sunday, August 20, 2006
9:30 a.m. Brunch
10:00 a.m. Presentation & Viewing

The Jewish Center of the Hamptons
44 Woods Lane
East Hampton, NY

The Illumination Atelier

Our newest 2006 Summer interns at the Illumination Atelier are stellar! A recent graduate from Rhode Island School of Design is Hillary Broder, from Tyler Institute of Art is Rachael Fowler, and from Bowling Green University is Rebecca White. Asha Mathew, from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, completed her internship June 15th and has decided to remain in the area, offering us her continued assistance in graphic design!   

Applications continue to pour in, including skilled Master Illuminators trained in the U.K., Turkey and throughout the U.S.  As we grow our program and organization, we hope to offer residencies to these wonderfully talented artists!

The Illumination Atelier program has expanded to include training in Arts Management as well as gold-leafing, as interns divide time between working on two new Cities of Peace — Sarajevo and Monrovia — and developing intricate designs for Hanukkah Illuminated: A Book of Days.

Ellen Frank to Teach Illumination Workshops

Artistic Director Ellen Frank will be conducting four workshops in Illumination at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons to begin July.  Her hand glazed plate was a much prized auction item for Artists Against Abuse in its summer gala fundraising benefit at Bridgehampton Swim and Tennis.  The Foundation has also been commissioned to produce the Summer Posters for the much acclaimed Pianofest! under the direction of Master Pianist Paul Schenly.

Increasing Our Online Presence

We have just made our debut on on its news page, and hope this will increase the visibility of the Foundation and support for our work! If you know of a website, magazine or other media outlet that might be willing to write an article on us, please let them (or us) know!

Ellen Frank Invited to Join Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research

Artistic Director Ellen Frank has been invited to be a Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF) Associate, the first artist to be connected with TFF.  In the words of Jan Oberg, recipient of the Small Peace Prize in Sweden, “I like your whole approach and your paintings.  I sincerely hope I will one day have the great experience and joy to meet in person with you.”

TFF's mission is peace: learning to handle conflicts with ever less violence against other human beings, other cultures and Nature.

"We are a networking organization with associates all over the globe. We believe that alternatives to the main trends of our time are desirable and possible - indeed necessary for humankind to survive and live with dignity. TFF is critical and constructive.

The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research expresses a vision and is an experiment in applied peace research and global networking.

TFF is an independent, small and innovative force for peace."

For further information:
Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research
Transnationella Stiftelsen för Freds- och Framtidsforskning
Vegagatan 25
S - 224 57 Lund




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at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC
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