About the Jersey Artist Registry (JAR)

Ellen Martin started the Jersey Artist Registry in 2013 to showcase the talent of New Jersey visual artists. There were other registries in New Jersey but some were buried under layers of menus, and others just didn’t allow for enough images. Ellen also wanted to provide an alternative site for artists who did not have their own online presence, or were just starting out.

The purpose of the Registry is simple. If you’re a designer, collector or gallery owner, it’s a great place where you can find new work. Ellen does not act as an intermediary and there are no fees or commissions involved in any sales. People ask why there are no fees or commissions, “It’s simple – it’s an invitational site which I curate personally. You don’t invite someone into your home and ask them to pay you rent,” says Ellen.

So please feel free to browse around. If you want to purchase something, please contact the artists directly. If your an artist who would d like to be on the registry, please scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on “Register.” Your request will be reviewed personally by Ellen.


About Ellen Martin

Ellen Martin was born on the Museum Mile in New York City.

Her backyards were Riverside Drive Park and Central Park. Her ‘home’ museums were The American Museum of Natural History, the Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York. Later, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

When she was around nine years old, Ellen moved to Brooklyn with her family which is where she later received her BA in Art History from Brooklyn College.

As an artist, she painted small non-objective pieces from 2008 – 2014. She took a break and starting shooting the “Abandoned” series of decrepit buildings and objects with her iPod touch in 2015. The initial impetus for the series was a short-lived personal rejection but it deepened to explore the depths of both personal and societal abandonment.

Ellen has experience as a Marketing Director, Conference Planner and an Artists’ Representative. She is currently an artist, an arts advocate, and an Independent Curator creating exhibits for the Oyster Point Gallery in Red Bank, NJ, and the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council. In 2013 Ellen created the Jersey Artist Registry, to showcase the talent of New Jersey photographers, painters, and sculptors.

Education: B.A., Art History, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY