Friday, December 28, 2012

Work featured in 2 Bridges Review

I was excited to return from a week of holiday travels to find 2 Bridges Review in my mailbox!  My photographic work, Entering, is featured on page 193.

About The 2 Bridges Review

The celebrated East River Bridges (Two Bridges) – the Brooklyn and the Manhattan, connect downtown Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan. Between these bridges a community of writers and artists has found a home in the former warehouses and factories of New York’s most literary outer borough. Like the artists who make it, the art that lives in these narrow streets goes on its nerve, and we, nerved with newness – and just a bit nervy – want to fill our pages with a distinctive, eclectic assortment of work by both unknown & established writers and artists.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fall 2012 Semester Round-Up

Image Credit: WVWC
My final exams are complete!  I just finished my first semester at West Virginia Wesleyan College as an Assistant Professor in the Art Department.  I taught two sections of Drawing I and one section of Painting I.  The painting students had a great time on a field trip to DC, which I led (and drove the 15-passenger van - oy).

Other fun news from this semester: our faculty put together a new department website - you should check it out.  I've also been busy proposing new curriculum for our foundations courses and the Intermedia concentration, and it sounds like things are set to go through as of spring (fingers are crossed).

Looking ahead, I'm excited to be teaching my first Intermedia course at WVWC in the spring (think performance art, installation, and video) as well as some more advanced drawing and painting courses.
Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Manifest Destiny" Series in Dublin, Ireland

Manifest Destiny II & III are going to be screened in Dublin, Ireland!

In a Land Far Away 
Screening Nov 29, 2012
Curator: Moran Been-noon
Facebook Event

Halston Street & Mary’s Lane
Dublin 7

Artists Include:

Bilu Blich
Blaithin Mc Donnel
Catherine Del Buono
Catherine Harty
Donna FitzSymons
Efrat Gal
Ellen Mueller
Keren Zaltz
Khalil Charif
Mary McGrath
Moira Tierney
Parya Vatankhah
Shirin Divanbeigi

Monday, November 12, 2012

Shots of the exhibit at Coffman Art Gallery

Here are some installation shots of my show with David Luke at the Coffman Art Gallery in Minneapolis... 

If you're in Minneapolis, swing by the U of M Coffman Art Gallery before Nov 30 to see some of my photographs!

you are my master // i am your master
Through Nov 30, 2012

Coffman Memorial Union
Coffman Art Gallery
first floor outside of the theater

This photographic exhibition explores and juxtaposes the idea of humankind's harmonious existence with nature alongside its inescapable tendency to dominate and master its environment, controlling it for its own needs. While Ellen Mueller concentrates on issues of intrusion upon nature by focusing on manifest destiny through the lens of satire with her photography, David Luke conversely reveals the thoughtful connection between humankind and its environment through photographic diptychs which pair food sources with a complimentary water source. Though different in approach, both artists congruently create a discourse for us, highlighting our differing relationship with Nature.

Monday, October 29, 2012

'Manifest Destiny III' at Punch Gallery in Seattle

If you know anyone in the Seattle area, please tell them to swing by Punch Gallery for Arrest Me: International Juried Exhibition.  Manifest Destiny III will be on view along with the work of 19 other artists!  A total of 477 artists submitted 1,769 entries from all corners of the globe.

Arrest Me: International Juried Exhibition
Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2012
Opening reception/Awards announced: Thur, Nov 1

Punch Gallery
119 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle, Washington 98104
Map and directions

Hours: Noon-5pm Thursday-Saturday,
or by appointment.

Included Artists:
Chase Boston – Pullman, WA
Mary Coats – Iowa City, IA
Lizzy Cross – Palo Alto, CA
Susan Danielson – Seattle, WA
Brooks Dierdorff – Eugene, OR
Lacy Draper – Seattle, WA
Brett Eberhardt – Macomb, IL
Bryan Florentin – Dallas, TX
Nicole Mauser – Kansas City, MO
Amie McNeel – Seattle, WA
Ellen Mueller – Buckhannon, WV
Kate Nartker – San Francisco, CA
Kelly O'Brien – Smyrna, GA
Sara Osebold – Seattle, WA
Liz Rodda – Austin, TX
Serrah Russell – Seattle, WA
Jack Ryan – Portland, OR 
Anthony Sonnenberg – Seattle, WA
Chris Thorson – Oakland, CA
Rodrigo Valenzuela – Seattle, WA

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Manifest Destiny III" in Kentucky

"Manifest Destiny III" has been selected for Approach, an exhibit of performance based work.

October 20-November 21

Lexington Art League
Loudoun House: 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY 40505
Gallery: Tues-Fri, 10a-4p; Sat-Sun, 1p-4p | Office: Mon-Fri, 9a-5p
859.254.7024 |

Selected Artists:
Paul Shortt
Danny Rose
Katie Kehoe
Christie Blizard
Gracelee Lawrence
Richard Smolinski
John Paul Morabito
Ellen Mueller
Christopher L. Williams
Clare Benson
Summer Zickefoose
Meaghan Carpenter
Veronica Pena-Martinez
Rae Goodwin
Trevor Martin
Catron Booker
Julie Wills
Shana Robbins
Gary Setzer
Thomas Albrecht
Anya Liftig
Jefferson Pinder
Kjel Alkire
Laura Ginn

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Five by Five exhibit at Tampa Museum of Art

I've created a work for the Five by Five exhibit/fundraiser at the Tampa Museum of Art.  If you're near Tampa, go check it out and support a great cause!

FIVE by FIVE Art Exhibition
An evening of great music, dance, theatre and film
Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 8 – 11 pm
Art After Dark at the Tampa Museum of Art

Friday, October 12, 2012

Billboard Art Project in Atlanta GA

This photo was taken in Duluth MN, 2011
... it might be the work on display in Atlanta!
I just received notice that my image(s) from a previous Billboard Art Project show have been selected to be included in a special, week long segment of The Billboard Art Project's current Atlanta show. Guest curator Katerina Lanfranco has included my work in Color Shift, her personal selection of images that will run for the next week, October 13 - 19.

I'm not sure which images will be there (perhaps the one pictured here?), but if you're in Atlanta, it's definitely worth checking out!

View Billboard Art Project - Atlanta, GA October 2012 in a larger map

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Recent Works at the Sleeth Gallery

Enid Series: Partners by Ellen Mueller, mixed media on canvas, 3’ x 4’ 6", 2011
Ellen Mueller: Recent Works
October 10 - November 1, 2012

Opening reception: Oct 11, 2012 4:30pm
Artist Talk: Oct 11, 2012 6pm

Hours: Mon - Fri, Noon-5pm
(or by appointment)

Sleeth Gallery
The Sleeth Gallery is located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall at West Virginia Wesleyan College, at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue in Buckhannon, WV.
Admission is free.

Mueller — an intermedia artist — focuses on humans' resistance to change and a struggle for control. How these efforts display themselves is the subject of the works collected in this exhibition, which includes large-scale paintings and video works. Recurrent visual themes include corporate management structures, cult dynamics, and Sisyphean tasks. Although these works share many specific, personal associations and a dry sense of humor, the audience is invited to develop personal narratives and explanations for each piece.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Book of Enid" in Green Bay

Know anyone around Green Bay, WI?  Tell them to check out this cool show of artists' books!  Book of Enid will be in the show, along with many other talented artists' works. This will be a hands-on exhibition and visitors to the exhibition will be able to handle the books in a gallery reconfigured as an artists' books reading room.

How to Read a Book: An Artists' Books Reading Room
October 11 - November 1, 2012

Reception: Thurs, Oct 11, 4:30-6:30pm, Curator's talk at 5pm

Lawton Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay WI 54311

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2-Person Exhibit in Minneapolis

If you're in Minneapolis, swing by the U of M Coffman Art Gallery between Oct 11 and Nov 30 to see some of my photographs!

you are my master // i am your master
Oct 11 - Nov 30, 2012

October 19, 2012, 6-8pm

Coffman Memorial Union
Coffman Art Gallery
first floor outside of the theater

This photographic exhibition explores and juxtaposes the idea of humankind's harmonious existence with nature alongside its inescapable tendency to dominate and master its environment, controlling it for its own needs. While Ellen Mueller concentrates on issues of intrusion upon nature by focusing on manifest destiny through the lens of satire with her photography, David Luke conversely reveals the thoughtful connection between humankind and its environment through photographic diptychs which pair food sources with a complimentary water source. Though different in approach, both artists congruently create a discourse for us, highlighting our differing relationship with Nature.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"Book of Enid" in St. Paul MN

If you're going to be in/near St. Paul MN, check out this exciting show of Artists' Books at Bethel University!

Small Press: Exhibition of Artist Books and Publications
October 4-Decemebr 14, 2012

Reception: Thursday, October 18th, 7-8 pm, following my 6pm lecture

Johnson Gallery
Clauson Center (CC building), 2nd Floor
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Practical Preparedness at Art:Screen Sweden

"Preparing for Bioterrorism," will be showing on Oct 5 at the Art:Screen Festival in Sweden. Specifically, my video will be showing at 4:20pm at Bio Roxy - Salong 1. They have a thorough schedule here.

Art:Screen Festival
5 - 7 October 2012
Örebro, Sweden

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Self Portrait Exhibit in Hot Springs AR

Anyone know people in Arkansas?  If you do, send them to the Fine Art Center of Hot Springs for the Self Portrait exhibit...

Erma Series, Insistent, 12"x24", mixed media on paper, $500 framed

Self Portrait Exhibit
October 5-29, 2012

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs
626 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas, 71901

Open 10:30am - 5pm
Closed Sunday & Monday


Participating Artists:
Jeremy Bell – Seattle, WA
Kelly Blevins – Pittsburgh, PA
John De La O – Brooklyn, NY
James Ehlers – Emporia, KS
Bruce Erikson – Maineville, OH
Nicole Foran – Laredo, TX
Robert Fraher – Menomonie, WI
David M Hicks – Indianapolis, IN
Amy Hunter – Sparks, NV
Elizabeth Katz – Phoenix, AZ
BiLan Liao – Padiach, KY
Chriopher Lonegan – Monkton, MD
Ellen Mueller – Buckhannon, WV
Erin Murray – Owings Mills, MD
Carol Radsprecher – Brooklyn, NY
William Reed – Brooklyn, NY
Steve Rude – Ventura, CA
Kat Schneck – Queens, NY
Hana Shoup – Houston, TX
Wanda Sullivan – Mobile, AL
Tom Whitton – West Palm Beach, FL

Monday, October 1, 2012

Presenting at MACAA // Detroit 2012

I am co-chairing a panel with Phil McCollam at MACAA"Making Bullshit: Serious Play and Failure in Arts Education and Professional Practice." 

Here is a link to the full conference schedule / panel descriptions.  And these are the presentations on our panel:

“A Case Study for Making Bullshit”
Ellen Mueller, West Virginia Wesleyan College

“Disrupting Habitual Forms of Perception”
Laurencia Strauss, Washington University St Louis

“Serious Play Today”
Carol Ann Carter, University of Kansas

“Curiosity and Play in New Genres Arts”
Justin Lincoln, Whitman College

Friday, Oct 5, 2012
Session 5, 3-4:30pm
Woodward A, Level 2, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Borders and Boundaries" in New Mexico

Manifest Destiny I, II, and III will be exhibited at Harwood Art Center for the month of October as a part of their Borders and Boundaries show!  I am especially excited for this exhibit because it will be the first time Manifest Destiny III will be formally screened (thanks again for all who supported my RocketHub campaign!)

Borders and Boundaries
Oct 1-31, 2012
RECEPTION: Friday, Oct 5, 2012 6 - 8 pm

Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 242-6367

Gallery Hours:
Weekdays: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
Evening Hours: First Friday of the month 6 - 8 pm

Participating Artists:
Maude Andrade (NM)            
George Bedell (MD)
Celine Browning (MA)          
Al Denyer (UT)
Ellie Irons (NY)                      
Michael Kerbow (CA)
Lee Lee (NM)                        
Maria Lux (IL)
Laurel McMechan (MA)        
Melanie Mills (GA)
Ellen Mueller (WV)
Valerie Roybal (NM)              
David K. Thompson (CT)
Jessie Van der Laan (TN)        
Susan Zimmerman (NM)
and Basement Films (NM)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Howard Rights His Wrongs - Life. Love. Time Travel.

If you're in Syracuse NY, check out this exciting show about time travel!  I'll be exhibiting 3 pieces.

A. Schrodinger’s Cat, Permanent ink on Stonehenge paper, 30” x 22”, 2005

Howard Rights His Wrongs - Love. Live. Time Travel.
Exhibiting a 15+ group show inspired by the theme.
Sept 29 - Nov 3, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, Sept 29th, from 7:00pm-10:00pm

Craft Chemistry
745 N. Salina St
Syracuse, New York 13208

Tue - Fri:1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am-4:00 pm

(315) 424-1474

Participating Artists:
Colin Campbell
Ellen Mueller
Cayetano Valenzuela
Isaac Bidwell
Mark Povinelli
Karen Greenfield
Dana Bonn
Joe Lingeman
Tommy Lincoln
Carrie Valenzuela

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Fractured Identity" at Montgomery College

Fractured Identity
September 24–November 9, 2012

Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8 pm

Open Gallery
Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

I won't be able to make the reception, but if you know anyone around there, please tell them to swing by and check it out!  It's a big open beautiful space for showing work and I'm showing much of the Enid Series and a few brand new ones from the Erma Series

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Navigating a Riot" on Liminalities

"Practical Preparedness: How to Navigate a Riot" is currently featured on Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, an open-access, peer-reviewed online publication that addresses three needs in performance studies scholarship and practice: 1) expanding opportunities to share peer-reviewed work, 2) creating a space for the publication of multimedia texts and projects that are difficult or impossible to publish in traditional print venues, and 3) international accessibility.

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

LOL in Sweden

art:screen has been invited to curate a screening program on the theme 'LoL' (Laughing out Loud) for Onskoldsviks Museum & Konsthall 'Black box', Örnsköldsvik, Sweden from September 18 - October 5, 2012.

The program consists of works from art:screen’s archive. My video 'Preparing for Bioterrorism' has been selected and will be shown during the event.

art:screen is a platform that showcases new, compelling, innovative and contemporary video art and moving image from Swedish and international artists. art:screen is, for many artists, the window for showing their work in Sweden and Europe.

art:screen shows single-channel screening programmes which have tempo and flow. To create this, the duration of works are at maximum five minutes long. The programmes explore new ways of seeing reality from a cultural, social and individual perspective and often employ humour to give new insights.

art:screen is an artist-run, non-profit initiative organised by Eva Olsson and Jonas Nilsson who are both practising professional artists with an extensive experience of curating screening programmes. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Manifest Destiny at Bridge Fest 2012

Manifest Destiny has been selected for screening at the 2012 Bridge Fest in Vancouver, British Columbia! The festival will take place September 7th-10th. This year they will screen 54 films from 15 countries.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

The New Studio in WV

I've moved into my new studio in WV - it's small, but it's getting the job done ;)
Here's a panorama view that you can click around:

Another unexpected bonus: the library has a 12"x17" scanner, so I'll be able to scan all my pages for the upcoming Book of Erma!

Friday, July 27, 2012

ASPECT EZ Volume 3: txt + img in Boston

A few of my Practical Preparedness videos will be included with ASPECT EZ's Volume 3: txt + img.

Screening & DVD Release: ASPECT EZ Volumes 3 and 4
Friday, Aug 3, 2012 at 6pm
46 Waltham St
Boston MA 02118

ASPECT EZ is an exhibition and DVD series focusing on the work of emerging artists in time-based media. ASPECT hosts this screening and DVD release in the outdoor courtyard of our studio in Boston's South End.

Volume 3: txt + img brings together work that utilizes text in video, animation, installation and performance. Volume 4: Deja Vu focuses on repetition, memory and nostalgia.

Both volumes will be available for purchase at the event as a limited-run DVD.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SFAI Open Studios

Santa Fe Art Institute is hosting readings and open studios for its June 2012 artists & writers in residence. 

Thursday, June 28, 5:30pm

Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St Michaels Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505

June Residents
Carmiel Banasky, Writer – Portland, OR
Rita Ciresi, Writer – Wesley Chapel, FL
Marisa Handler, Writer – San Francisco, CA
Aimee Lee, Visual Artist – Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Charles Lindsay, Visual Artist – New York, NY
Cobi Moules, Visual Artist – Boston, MA
Ellen Mueller, Visual Artist – Tampa, FL
Christopher Robinson, Writer – Federal Way, WA
Vagner Whitehead, Drawing/Painting -- Detroit, MI

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

17 Tips Project

I started a new endeavor: 17 Tips Project.

For this project, I invite artists to create works in reaction to each of William Powhida's 17 tips for selling art. I'll post a tip/prompt each week, starting at the top of his list, and working our way through (you can also work ahead/catch up as needed, but the project will close on October 6th). I am making a catalog of the results (and perhaps will put up an exhibition... we'll see).

To participate, make 1 work of art (any medium) for each tip (that's 17 works - ambitious!), and email me a print-quality image of each work (at least 5 inches on widest dimension and 300dpi), the title, medium, dimensions, and date. I'll also post the images to this blog as I receive them.

Feel free to invite others :)  Here's the Facebook Group.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Santa Fe Art Institute Residency

I'm doing a residency at Santa Fe Art Institute for the month of June, and wanted to share some pics...

Front of the building

Main doors

Each of these doorways lead to a resident's room

Here's another view of the facilities...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Transition|Transient at ARThouse, New London MN

Manifest Destiny is screening at Transition|Transient, a projection series at ARThouse in New London, MN. Videos will play on continuous loop from dusk - midnight. View as you drive by in your car. Walk by the house real slow. Or sit down on chairs provided to enjoy this compelling series of visually stunning works. Artists include:

Jacinda Davis

Jennifer Jenkins
Ellen Mueller
Madjar Productions
Martin Nelson
Jason Ruhl
Rural Aesthetic Initiative
Renato Umali

Free Admission.

Saturday, June 16, 9pm-midnight
Encore in late-summer: Saturday, August 18, dusk-midnight

117 1st Ave NE
New London, MN 56273 
MAP link

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Manifest Destiny III" now complete

Manifest Destiny III is now complete!  Thank you to everyone who contributed to help make this project a reality.  The cheerleading uniforms looked fantastic :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

More Photos From Ucross

There were always deer around, and they had hilariously long white tails.
This is just a funny sign.
Everyday on the way to the studio, I'd ride my bike down 'Big Red' Lane.
More views from evening walks.
The Rockies were much snowier here than in Pueblo (obviously).

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ucross Residency

Thought I'd post some pics of Ucross, where I'm currently doing a residency through next Friday.  It's a beautiful area of Wyoming, the food is fantastic, and the studios are gorgeous.  I'm drawing/painting on some 6'x2' canvases with Book of Erma imagery.

This is my studio
One view towards the main door
Another view towards the screened doors
Last view towards opposite wall/desk area

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Moving to West Virginia Wesleyan College

Image Credit
I'm excited to announce, I've landed a job at West Virginia Wesleyan College as a tenure track assistant professor of painting and drawing!  I'll be moving to Buckhannon, WV over the month of July, and will start teaching in the fall.

I'll be teaching drawing and painting, and working to help develop the intermedia program!