Needlewatcher LLC is a bonded New York State registered Limited Liability Company founded in 2015 and owned by James Lancel McElhinney and Dr. Katherine Manthorne. Needlewatcher LLC provides expert consulting services in fine art, research, education, exhibitions, oral history, publishing and creative legacy projects. We have extensive connections within the art world, museums, higher education, cultural philanthropy, publishing, oral history, historical interpretation and preservation.


James Lancel McElhinney is a visual artist, author, oral historian, educator and historical interpreter. He is a graduate of Yale (MFA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Tyler School of Art (BFA). McElhinney is the author of three books on drawing and painting, most recently Art Students League of New York on Painting from Penguin Random House. (2015). McElhinney has worked in higher education since 1977, most recently at Pratt Institute and the historic Art Students League of New York where he has served as consultant on academic affairs and curricula. McElhinney has collected numerous oral history interviews for the Archives of American Art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, and Frick Center for the History of Collecting; Pollock Krasner Foundation, Newington Cropsey Cultural Studies Center and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.  McElhinney is an accomplished public speaker. He also possesses a general expertise in fine art and antiques with a concentration in American art and Asian arms and armor.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

McElhinney is a member of the College Art Association, Oral History Association. and Arms Club of New York, The Company of Military Historians, and the Civil War Trust. He is on the Master Artist Advisory Council of the Arthur Miller Foundation.

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Katherine E.  Manthorne, PhD is an author, historian, curator and educator. She is Professor of Art History in the doctoral program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Manthorne focuses on hemispheric dimensions of American art. This began with Tropical Renaissance. North American Artists Exploring Latin America, 1839-1879 (1989) and continues with contributions to Fern Hunting Among These Picturesque Mountains. Frederic Edwin Church in Jamaica (2010) The Unity of Nature (2014), and Traveler Artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Seattle, WA: Marquand Press, 2015 [as Editor & Author]. Her research on American landscape art has resulted in The Landscapes of Louis Remy Mignot: A Southern Painter Abroad (1996); Luminist Horizons. The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam (2006); and most recently on Eliza Greatorex & the Art Women in the Age of Promise (forthcoming). She is currently organizing exhibitions for the Newark Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Dr. Manthorne formerly was director of the Research Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Assistant Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Manthorne is an accomplished public speaker.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Board Service: College Art Association; Advisory Board, El Museo del Barrio; Advisory Council, Archives of American Art; Mellor Prize Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Member:  College Art Association; International Association of Art Critics; Fulbright Association; Association of Latin American Art; Association for Historians of American Art, Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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