Ellen Carrlee received an M.A. in Art History and Diploma in Conservation from New York University in 2000, specializing in ethnographic and archaeological objects. She then completed a Mellon Fellowship at the National Museum of the American Indian. Her research there, “Does Low Temperature Pest Management Cause Damage?” was presented at the AIC annual meeting in 2002 in Miami and published in JAIC in 2003. She became Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum in 2001 and maintained a private conservation practice for several years. She and her
husband presented “Influence of Early Ethnographic Conservation in Alaska”
at the 2003 AIC meeting in Arlington, and Ellen presented “Conservation and Exhibit of
an Archaeological Fish Trap” at the 2006 AIC meeting in Providence. She was on the board of Museums Alaska, the state association for museum professionals, from 2004-2006, serving on the Program Planning Committee for the statewide conference from 2003-2006 and the Host Committee in 2006. Ellen became an AIC Professional Associate and the Conservator at the Alaska State Museum in 2006.
Ellen grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and most of her family remains in that area. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an undergraduate art history student, living in a large commune on Lake Medota near campus. In graduate school, she lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; the upper East side of Manhattan; Corning, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; and Sardis, Turkey. Following graduation, she lived in the Georgetown area of Washington DC for a year until moving to Juneau, Alaska in the fall of 2001. Ellen Roblee and Scott Carroll (1992 graduate of the Buffalo conservation program) eloped August 1, 2001 and legally combined their last names a few months later to become “Carrlee.” Son Carson Orion Carrlee was born August 20, 2007. They live in a little red house in downtown Juneau with their mutt ZigZag.