It all begins with Joanne Crisp-Ellert and Bob Ellert.
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, built in honor of Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert and her husband, Dr. Robert Ellert, offers Flagler College students and the Northeast Florida community a venue for fostering knowledge and a deep appreciation of contemporary art. the Museum exhibits regional, national and international artists, and provides opportunities for critical engagement and exposure to a variety of exhibitions and personal interactions with visiting artists.
Challenging students, the Flagler community and the public to cultivate individual creativity, critical reflection, historical consciousness and respect for the free exchange of ideas, the museum also hosts public programs, including artist talks, readings, panel discussions and film series that provide a platform for vital interdisciplinary dialogue.
As it stands today, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is Joann Crisp-Ellert's expanded former studio. Exhibiting important cultural and historical exhibitions, as well as the work of national and international contemporary artists in order to expand student's educational resources through interaction with working artists in today's art world, the museum is 1,400 square foot and houses the student B.A. and B.F.A. exhibitions each fall and spring semester and exhibits work by Flagler College faculty and alumni.
Two of Crisp-Ellert's self-portraits (first two photos below) remain on permanently display in the museum in order to remind viewers of her ongoing legacy as a key facilitator to the arts and education.