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about LOTUS 

LOTUS Art Services offers creative solutions and hands-on support in the areas of collections care, curating and artist services. We work with integrity, authenticity, creativity and excellence to collaborate with our clients in identifying goals and implementing the steps to get them there.

HELLO I'm Eleanor.

Founder of LOTUS Art Services, Eleanor Sandys has over 15 years of experience in museum and arts administration. From collections management to public art, from policy development to curator services, from contracts to material culture research, from committee facilitation to artist grants, Eleanor brings a breadth of experience to LOTUS that enables her to collaborate with diverse individuals and organizations to successfully facilitate projects and implement best practices. Whether in a museum collection, at a public art site or in conversation with artists, Eleanor is a creative thinker and passionate change-maker that enjoys working with others to carry ideas and projects forward.

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Eleanor’s passion for material culture and interest in public access to knowledge and art led her to museums and public art. Following local nonprofit work and formative internships at the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Eleanor earned a master’s in museum studies with a focus on collections management. While in grad school, Eleanor benefitted from the rich array of art and culture organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, gaining additional hands-on experience at FOR-SITE Foundation, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Returning home, Eleanor worked for the Oregon Arts Commission for 6 ½ years, first as exhibitions coordinator and collections manager for Oregon’s public art collection, and then in a position managing the state’s public art program, public art projects and grants for artists.


Eleanor is informed by degrees in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University and cultural anthropology from Reed College. Supporting her own artistic practice, Eleanor has taken art classes at Portland State University, Oregon College of Art & Craft and WildCraft. Recognitions include a Western Museums Association Wanda Chin Scholarship, the Ted Greenberg Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Collections Management, and a Public Service Award from Governor Kate Brown. She completed the Regional Art & Culture Council’s (RACC) Art of Leadership program, and has served as a grant review panelist for the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Folklife Network, and RACC. She currently serves on the board of the Oregon Museums Association and program committee of the Western Museums Association.

CLIENTS I've worked with

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