studioELL is a Brooklyn-based hybrid, transient, higher education fine art learning space that offers online and physical courses, residencies and programs in studio art.



To challenge dominant pedagogies and curricula found throughout higher education and develop a true, liberal arts education, where freedom is explored through critical discourse and community engagement, to fully develop an equitable, open and democratic society for all.



We encourage critical thinking and civic action through art. We compel students, artists, academic institutions, galleries, museums, to question how art is made, taught and how it can be disseminated for the benefit of all. We are a growing, evolving entity and look to each other and our communities to challenge our ideas. We blur the lines between “fine art” and the everyday inundation of cultural content we all experience.

We are artists and everyday citizens. We believe art belongs to all, not a few. We appreciate that to be part of a meaningful democracy is to be an informed and active participant in the processes that affect our day to day. We contribute to an active and lively cultural identity that is free from corporate sponsorship or funding restraints.

studioELL launched in the summer of 2015 in London, UK as part of galleryELL which was founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, New York, by John Ros. galleryELL ended its programming in 2016 and studioELL took the helm with a focus on higher education.

studioELL is a not-for-profit, artist-run space. Student fees are offered on a sliding scale and kept low to make our programming accessible to all. Generous support for our programming has been provided by an anonymous donor. Programs have also been supported by a variety of arts and community partners.



John Ros, Founder, Director, Professor
Agnes Álvarez, Education & Programs



In 2008, galleryELL was created with the idea that, though we understood the current art culture in New York, and though we knew we existed within its framework, we also considered ourselves to be offering something new and exciting to the disenfranchised and marginalized artists of New York City.

In architecture, an “ELL” is an extension or addition to an existing building at a right angle. Though it is part of the original structure, it is defined and distinct from it. An “ELL” is also a measurement taken with the body, the former English unit of length for cloth (equal to approximately 45 inches, the breadth of one’s arms), without tools; it is self-contained and self-reliant. The self-reliance of the “ELL” serves as a touchstone for all we do.