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Michael William Ellner, American Art educator. Certified secondary art teacher, c.c. art teacher, California. Recipient Art grant City of San Jose, 1994, Mural grant Rose Garden Association, San Jose, 1996, grant National League American Pen Women, 1996, 98; named Teacher of Year, Willow Glen Education Park Parent-Teachers Association, 1985, San Jose Shrine, 1986.


Ellner, Michael William was born on April 1, 1938 in New York City. Son of Charles and Sylvia May (Golub) Ellner.


Associate of Arts in Engineering, San Jose City College, 1963. Associate of Arts in Art, San Jose City College, 1966. Bachelor, Notre Dame De Namur University, 1970.

Master of Arts, San Jose State University, 1971. Postgraduate, San Jose State University, 1974. Postgraduate, University California, Santa Cruz, 1980.


Chair art department John Muir Junior High School, San Jose, California, 1973-1980. Associate professor art San Jose State University, 1974. Chair art department Willow Glen Education Park, San Jose, 1980-1991.

Visual arts coordinator A. Lincoln AVPA Magnet High School, 1991-1996. Consultant College Board, San Jose, 1989-1997, San Jose Unified School District, Saturday Academy, San Jose, 1996-2007. Professor art San Jose City College, since 1996.

Advisor National Art Honor Society, San Jose, 1991-2007. Intern advisor Casa Program, San Jose, 1991-2007. Co-convenor Lincoln High School Magnet Curriculum Council, San Jose, 1991-1996.

Mentor teacher San Jose Unified School District, 1985-1994. Advisory art club San Jose Community College, 2006-2007.


  • Certified secondary art teacher, c.c. art teacher, California.


  • Other Work

    • Paintings included in more than 200 collections including San Jose Museum Art, California, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, California, Foot Museum, Long Beach, California, College Notre Dame De Namur University, Belmont, California. Guest curator Egyptian Museum Art Gallery, San Jose, California, New World Gallery, San Jose, California, San Jose Art League, California. Guest curator Macla Gallery, San Jose, California, Genesis Gallery, San Jose, California, since 1970.

      Exhibited in more than 300 group and one-person shows. Created 21 community murals. Curator over 100 art exhibitions.

      Represented in several art books on painting, and murals and poetry.


Past president San Jose Art League. Past treasurer Cambrian Art League. Member Anti-Graffiti Program, San Jose.

Member California Teachers Association, National Education Association, San Jose Teachers Association, American Federation Teachers, San Jose Institute Contemporary Art, Artists Alliance California, South Bay Artists Association (advisory committee), Community Partnership Santa Clara County, San Jose Art League (past president), Cambrian Art League (past treasurer), Phi Kappa Phi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, poetry, murals.


Married Josephine Helene Bilello, August 24, 1957. Children: Eileen Lorraine, Deborah Lynn, Laurence Steven.

Charles Ellner

Sylvia May (Golub) Ellner

Josephine Helene Bilello

Laurence Steven Ellner

Deborah Lynn Ellner

Eileen Lorraine Ellner