Art Share L.A. Oral History Project

Beginning its release as a part of The Ellsworth Collection exhibition, this oral history project not only catalogs the life of Terry Ellsworth, but the rich history of the DTLA Arts District before and after gentrification.

Terry Ellsworth was a historian and an Ambassador not only for Art Share L.A., but for the Arts District as a whole. He collected not just art, but the artists themselves. To honor his legacy and carry on his spirit, Art Share L.A. is conducting interviews with friends and family of Terry and his connected community.

Lilli Muller talks Terry Ellsworth, Bedlam, gentrification, and her relationship to the DTLA Arts District.

A German-born multidisciplinary artist and community activist, Lilli Muller currently lives and works primarily in Los Angeles, California. As a multi-award winning and internationally-collected artist, she has been honored by the City of LA and Art Share LA with the “Arts Incubator Humanitarian Award” for contributions to the arts community and many years of arts advocacy, and was recently recognized by the City of Los Angeles for “The Mandala Project Los Angeles: The Wall” installation.

Fanny has been a known face around the arts district for the past 20 years. Her kindness brightens the neighborhood. She gives back to her community just as Terry Ellsworth did.

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