Saturday, August 31, 2013

This blog is moving...


I've just updated my website to include a blog, so this faithful old Blogger site will no longer be in use.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SPANE: Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment

Do we know anyone in Toronto?

Manifest Destiny I is going to be screened at SPANE: Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment.

SPANE: Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment
Artscape Gibraltar Point
443 Lakeshore Ave., Toronto Island
Toronto, ON
August 3, 2013 - 7:30pm
Facebook Event Link

Artists include:
Miguel Angel Melgares, the Netherlands
Brian Zegeer, New York
Ellen Mueller, West Virginia, USA
Rachelle Beaudoin, USA
Daniel Coburn, Kansas, USA
Kyle Thompson, Oregon, USA
Malena Bergmann, North Carolina, USA
VestAndPage: Verena Stenke (Germany) & Andrea Pagnes (Italy)
Carrie Dashow, New York
Julie Wills, Colorado, USA
Michael Stecky, Canada
Darryl Lauster, Texas

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Snow" video at Running Rebel Studio

Still from "Monotonize Series: Snow"

A video piece I filmed in February and edited together during my first week at Nes Artist Residency will be screened at now what #2, an evening of film, video, new media, and moving image performances presented by Microscope Gallery at Running Rebel Studio.

now what #2 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Doors are at 7PM, the program will start promptly at 7:30PM (mine is in the 10pm screening)

Running Rebel Studio
6 Charles Place
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Exhibiting Artists:
Filipe Afonso // Sandra Araujo // Rachelle Beaudoin // Jason Robert Bell // Molly Bradbury // Byron Chan // Scott Cramer // Clint Enns // Angela Ferraiolo // Melissa Fielding // Scott Fitzpatrick // LJ Frezza // Jeymer Gamboa // Tim Geraghty // Rocky Horton // Jonathan Johnson // Ted Kennedy // Cory Kram // Jonas Lozouraitis // kevvy metal // Jolene Mok // Jeremy Moss // Ellen Mueller // Zach Nader // Kristin Reeves // Liz Roberts // Richard Sylvarnes // Matt Town // Laura Trager // Douglas Urbank // Video Club // John Wilson // Stephanie Wuertz // The Youngrrr // Xiaowen Zhu // Jeff Donaldson // Bradley Eros // Jeanne Liotta // Kristin Lucas // Erica Magrey

Friday, July 26, 2013

Myvatn Hiking Trip

I took this hiking trip almost two weeks ago, but have been shooting and editing videos like crazy. Thus, my tardiness!

This is a small lake of geothermal water next to the
powerplant in Myvatn - the turquoise is surreal!

This giant crater was fun to walk around - we traveled the entire rim.

This might have been my favorite hike - the ground was still
steaming and hot in places from a volcanic eruption
a couple decades ago!

The mud pots were really cool to check out (also stinky).
I wanted to touch them so bad, but we were warned many times
that they are boiling hot...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gambling the Aisle Magazine

Screen Capture

A few drawings from the Book of Erma series have been included in Gambling the Aisle's Summer 2013 issue.

You can find it online here.

This issue features artwork by:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Check out Gallery Gray

My recent Book of Erma work is being featured for the month of July at Gallery Gray, an online exhibition space based out of Fenton MI.  You should check it out!

screenshot of Gallery Gray homepage

Gallery Gray
Gallery Hours: 24/7, 365
Contact Info:
Dustin M Price, Gallery Director/Curator

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Northern Iceland Excursion

On a recent trip around northern Iceland, I took a ton of photos that will be excellent inspiration material for projects!
Day 1: We took a boat to Drangey Island, learned about Grettir's Saga, hiked around, and ended the day at the Myvatn Nature Baths (good end to the day).

Drangey Island - so many Puffins!
Drangey Island

Myvatn Nature Baths image credit (I didn't take my camera in there!)
Day 2: We went on a whale watching expedition, hiked around the Dimmuborgir lava formations and the Godafoss waterfall.

Whale watching boat
Godafoss Waterfall

Monday, June 10, 2013

"EyeSplice Collective: Traces" at HERE Arts Center

Did I tell you that I'm a member of an artist collective called EyeSplice?  We're having our first major exhibition at HERE Arts Center in New York from June 13, through July 13!  If you are in the city, stop by the opening reception next Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 pm.  I won't be there because I'm in Iceland, but you should go!

"EyeSplice Collective: Traces", curated by Megan Hildebrandt
June 13 - July 13, 2013

HERE Art Center
(Entrance on Dominick Street, 1 block south of Spring Street)

Artists include:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Nes Artist Residency, ICELAND

Skagaströnd, Iceland
I'm excited to be writing this post from Iceland, where I'm in the midst of an artist residency!  I'll be here, Nes Artist Residency, through the end of July.

View from the walking paths around Skagaströnd 
While I'm here I'll be working on a series of drawings about melting glaciers, and continuing a series of performances I started in January.

Another view from the walking paths around Skagaströnd
Next week I'll be traveling around Northern Iceland, and there will surely be photos... keep an eye out for them!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Puffin Foundation Grant!

I am excited to announce I have received a Puffin Foundation Grant to support an exhibition of my work!

The exhibit will feature drawings from my forthcoming 2-month stay at NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Skagaströnd is a small village of 508 inhabitants in rural Iceland. The town is located in the Northwest of Iceland, about a four hour drive from Reykjavík.

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Book of Enid" in Hungary

Book of Enid will be featured in the "5th International Artists’ Book Exhibition 2013" at the King St. Stephen Museum, in collaboration with the City Gallery Deak Collection in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

5th International Artists’ Book Exhibition 2013
May 18 – October, 2013

King St. Stephen Museum in Székesfehérvár, Hungary is a county museum with a range of rich collections (archaeology, ethnography, local history, modern and contemporary art). The city is about 60 kilometers from Budapest. The museum started to work in the field of artists’ books twenty-five years ago.

In 1987 we organized the First International Artists’ Book Exhibition. There were about 300 works presented and later donated to the museum by the artists, thus establishing the first and still the only artists’ book collection in Hungary owned by a museum. As the years went by, our collection increased and we entered into relations with artists, archives and centers (e.g. Franklin Furnace Archives, New York and Guy Bleus’s Administration Centre, Wellen).

Monday, April 29, 2013

Erma Drawing on

"Look to the Sky," a drawing from my Book of Erma series, is featured on as of today! Go check it out!

Every other Monday, features one story, one image, and a one-song "soundtrack" -- each by underexposed talent.

My work is featured with Michael Reilly, and The Top.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Practical Preparedness at Vetlanda Museum, Sweden

art:screen has curated my Practical Preparedness video into a program at the Vetlanda Museum in Sweden. I so excited that they have spread the Practical Preparedness videos farther abroad than I could have ever hoped!

Curated by Eva Olsson & Jonas Nilsson (of

April 27 - June 9, 2013

Vetlanda Museum, Sweden

Kyrkogatan 31, 574 31 Vetlanda

Hours of Operation
Tuesday 10-16
Wednesday-Sunday 12-16
Phone 8-11
Free admission to the museum exhibitions

Artists Included:
Aaron Oldenburg, USA
Andres Pineros, Columbia
Ellen Mueller, USA 
mobtik, Germany
Black & Jones, USA
Evelin Stermitz, Austria
Max Hattler, UK

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Manifest Destiny III" at Index Art Center

Production Still by Liz Tew

Index Art Center presents FILMIDEO, 8th annual film and video screenings.

Filmideo is a yearly event that celebrates the great diversity and work of independent filmmakers and video artists both nationally and from around the globe.  For an entire month, IAC transforms its gallery space into a screening theater, where artist’s works are projected onto a 10’ x10’ screen. This year they received over 200 submissions.

"Manifest Destiny III" will be screened Saturday, April 20, 2013.
6-10 PM

John Dunstan: My Time with the English Tourist (NJ)
Anna Torlen: Monkey Mind (Florida)
Paul Malone: Saltes Of Animals(01290) UK
Astrid Elizabeth Bang: Zig Zag (Norway)
Daniel Djamo: Menu (ROMANIA, Bucharest)
Ellen Mueller: Manifest Destiny III (West Virginia)
Eric Souther: Myth Of The Masses (Indiana)
Filip Gabriel Pudło: The Collection (Poland)
Jagrut Raval: Burning Time (India- living in Savannah,GA)
James Tuite: Treminate Mean (NJ)
Jared Katsiane: Big Willow (Massachusetts)

Jolene Mok: The Not So Ongoing Tennis Court (Hong Kong living in USA)
Michael Woody: Arlington (Illinois)
Patrick Moser: Digging and Riding (FL)
Markus Keim: Harte Arbeit-Karger Lohn (Vienna, Austria)
Jamie Sneider: Spanking Stories (NYC)
Maura Jasper: Weather You Remember: Excerpts, The Future (USA)
Michael Basov: Free Movements (Taganrog, Russia)
Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Koeperl: Alexandra Open (Germany)
Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Koeperl: That Sound high (Germany)
Marta Roberti: Sarà Stato (Italy)
gruppoGruppo: Secret Lives (Sweden)

Liz Rodda: Death Drive (Austin, TX (born CA)
Sally Grizzell Larson: Axiom (Philadelphia, PA)
Anna Cherkezishvili: Spinning (The Republic of Georgia)
Adam Hinterlang: R.O.G.B (Manhattan, Kansas)
Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa: Reno Re-enacted (USA)
Katie Barkel: They Cannot Touch Her (Detroit, MI)
Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Koeperl: The PPR Experience (Germany)
Toby Tatum: The Subterraneans (UK)
Zaoli Zhong: A Dangerous Question (China)
Weigang Song: Pubic & Public (China living in Syracuse NY)
Yiorgos Nalpantidis: Virtualities (Greece)

Index Art Center
585 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Gallery ph. 862-218-0278
Facebook Event

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Screening at Hibulb Cultural Center

Production shot by Liz Tew
My video, ‘Manifest Destiny III,’ will be screened at the Hibulb Cultural Center's Film Festival at  approximately 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013

A full schedule PDF is available here.

Hibulb Cultural Center
6410 23rd Avenue NE
Tulalip, WA 98271

UPDATE!  Manifest Destiny III won "Best Experimental Film" at this film festival!

Artists include:
Daniel Jones, Tulalip WA
Dawn Karima Pettigrew, Columbus OH
Dallas Pinkham, Seattle WA
Carol Geertsema, Twisp WA
Lita Sheldon, Marysville WA
Tomer Werechson, Israel
R. Pandiarajan, India
Ellen Mueller, Buckhannon WV
Clyde James Aragon, Albuquerque NM
Michael Ballif, Spanish Fork UT

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Social Intervention at 4141 Garage Gallery

My Manifest Destiny videos are a part of Social Intervention at the 4141 Garage Gallery, which opens April 6, 2013.

4141 Garage Gallery
4141 Alabama Street
San Diego, CA

Artists included in the exhibition:
Yu-Hang Huang
G. Holwerda-Williams
Al Ridenour
Jessica Miller
Nicole Langille
Jack Welsh
Marianna and Daniel O'Reilly
Garric Simonsen
Ellen Mueller
Budd Dees & Austin Reeves
Tamara Johnson

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mobile Screen Tour - Seattle Area

Map of the tour
Fun news - Manifest Destiny I and Manifest Destiny II will be included in Interstitial Theatre's 2013 Mobile Screen Tour.  Interstitial Theatre received over 85 video art submissions from 4 different countries and 11 states. Over the course of the 6 month long Mobile Screen Tour, Interstitial Theatre will exhibit 17 video art pieces by 14 different artists across 8 neighborhoods in Seattle.  My work will be on view at all 8 stops!

Participating Artists:
Erin Elyse Burns, Seattle
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Seattle
Dakota Gearhart, Seattle
Sean Deckert, AZ
Ellen Mueller, WV
Cody Groom, Seattle
Joana Stillwell, Seattle
Maggie Schneider, MD
Sarah Bliss, MA
Daria Baiocchi, Italy
Michael Lorefice, Seattle
Jim Rolland, France
Yves Ackerman, France

Pioneer Square | April 4 | TK Building 5-8pm
Capitol Hill | April 11 | Vermillion 5-8pm
PhinneyWood | May 10 | Urban Light Studios 6-9pm
West Seattle | June 13 | ArtsWest 6-9pm
Georgetown | July 13 | Brass Tacks (pending) 6-9pm
Ballard | July 14 | Tractor Tavern (pending) 6-9pm
International District | September 5 | Prole Drift (pending) 6-8pm
Columbia City | September 20 | Columbia City Gallery 4-8pm

Please consider contributing to their KickStarter!  It's a really fantastic program!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Photos of "Stellar" at MCBA

Photo Credit:

The exhibition Stellar is currently up at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts through May 5, 2013.  For those outside the Minneapolis area, here are a couple shots of my book in the exhibition, and here is the full photostream if you're curious about the other artworks in the show.

Photo Credit:

Photo Credit:

Photo Credit:

Jan 25 - May 5, 2013

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Call for panelists at SECAC 2013!

I just found out my panel on "Performing Help" was accepted to the Southeast College Art Conference :) Now the challenge is finding people who want to present on my panel. Here's the description:
SECAC 2013: Examining Artists Satirically Performing Help or Instruction
Call For Papers; Deadline: 04-20-2013

*Performing Help*
The idea of social practice has been widely discussed in the field of performance art, with scholars such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Shannon Jackson examining subversive resistance to social conformity. However, these perspectives have not specifically or directly addressed the growing collection of artists satirically performing help or instruction as social critique. This panel will examine these artists, their inspiration, creative approaches, and methods of disseminating work. Specific examples of the types of work this panel will examine include Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Super Pac"

or the collective "Goatsilk," and their "Killin' It! with Paul Krik" series,

as well as their "Tea Party Artists" series,

with attention turned towards these artists' impulses and tactics for creating and disseminating advice. Panelists are invited to compare these, and similar bodies of work, to other artists working in this vein. In examining this growing collection of work, we will shed light on this little recognized corner of artistic practice.

Session chair: Ellen Mueller, West Virginia Wesleyan College. Contact:
Abstracts, maximum of 200 words, should be prepared before you complete the online paper proposal form at
Please additionally send CV to
If you're interested, please feel free to submit a paper proposal, and if you can think of others that might be interested, please spread the word - I want to make sure I get enough people :)
The conference is in Greensboro NC, October 30-November 2, 2013.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Practical Preparedness in Iceland Screening

Fun news! It looks like my video work will make it to Iceland before I do (I'll be doing a 2-month residency at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland in June in July). In the meanwhile...

Curated by Eva Olsson & Jonas Nilsson (of

7-10 February 2013

Nordic House
Reykjavik, Iceland

Artists Included:
Jean-Gabriel Périot, France
Aaron Oldenburg, USA
Andres Pineros, Columbia
Ellen Mueller, USA 
Nicola Bergström Hansen, Sweden
Black & Jones, USA
Evelin Stermitz, Austria
Max Hattler, UK

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Monotonize" at the Sleeth Gallery

I just updated my website with photos and a video link for "Monotonize," the 1.5 hour performance I gave on January 17, 2013.  Check it out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Book of Enid at MN Center for Book Arts

Book of Enid will be featured in the upcoming juried exhibition exploring outer space at the MN Center for Book Arts.  150 pieces were submitted, so it was great to be included out of a big pool of applicants.

Jan 25 - May 5, 2013

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Reception: Jan 25, 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists:
Tim Abel (Racine, WI); Mary Bergs (Minneapolis, MN); Laura Beyer (Birmingham, MI); Elizabeth Boyne (Iowa City, IA); Cynthia Brinich-Langlois (Milwaukee, WI); Patty Bruce (Boston, MA); Emily Chaplain (Memphis, TN); Tiberiu Chelcea (Ames, IA); Young-ju Choi (Ilsan, South Korea); Johanna Drucker (Berkeley, CA); Wendy Fernstrum (Marine on St. Croix, MN); Brad Freeman (Chicago, IL); Kirsten Furlong (Boise ID); Philip Gallo (Minneapolis, MN); Travis Hocutt (Waterford MI); Tom Hubbard (Chagrin Falls, OH); Rachel Katz (Portland, ME); Ray Klimek (Athens, OH); Mari LaCure (Beverly, MA); Ginny Lloyd (Jupiter, FL); Jared Martin (Minneapolis, MN); Heather Matthew (Nunderi, Australia); Leah Mayers (Chicago, IL); Nora Lee McGillivray (St. Paul, MN); Andrea McKennan (Minneapolis, MN); Cathryn Miller (Grasswood, Saskatchewan, Canada); Ellen Mueller (Buckhannon, WV); Scott K. Murphy (Saint Joseph, MN); Heidi Neilson (Long Island City, NY); Lauren Orchowski (New York, NY); Mark Ryan (Minneapolis, MN); Mark Addison Smith (New York, NY); Regula Russelle (St. Paul, MN)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 WVWC Faculty Biennale

The Sleeth Gallery will be kicking off its Spring 2013 exhibition schedule with the inaugural WVWC Art Faculty Biennale, running from January 15 – 31, 2013. The gallery is open Monday – Friday by appointment and admission is free.

The Biennale is a bi-yearly event featuring recent and ongoing works by the 5 artists who teach in the WVWC Art Department. The exhibition will include a variety of media and styles, ranging from more traditional painting and drawing to photographic, digital and multimedia works.

This exhibition is an opportunity for students to see and engage with art made by their professors and instructors, and for the community-at-large to view the range of visual and multimedia arts produced and taught by WVWC faculty. The WVWC Art Department is a steadily growing program, offering concentrations in painting and drawing, photography, graphic design and intermedia.

An opening reception will be held on January 17 at 4:30pm in the Sleeth Gallery.  I will be performing a new work, "Monotonize," during the reception - come check it out!

Check out the Facebook Event

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Studio Visit Magazine

A drawing from Book of Erma is featured in Volume 20 of Studio Visit Magazine!  The print copies aren't available yet, but you can check out the electronic versions HERE.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Microscope Gallery Screening at Running Rebel Studios

Still from Manifest Destiny III
Manifest Destiny III will be screened at the now what event, curated by Microscope Gallery, taking place at Running Rebel Studios.


film, video, new media, & moving image performances
presented by Microscope Gallery
at our neighbors, Running Rebel Studios:
6 Charles Place, Brooklyn NY 11221
general admission $8
students (with ID) $6

It's an honor to be included - they received over 350 submissions from across the globe!


Albert Alcoz & Alberto Cabrera Bernal / Will Bragger / Alysse Stepanian / Adam Paradis / Klara Jirkova / Angela Washko / Sam Cooke / Tina Willgren / CocoRose & Sonny / Timothy P. Kerr / Jason Martin / Nicola Carter / Margaret Rorison

PART II -- 8.45PM  
Tara Merenda Nelson / Metrah Pashaee / Jodie Mack / Josh Bricker / Katie Cercone / Denise Iris / Cory Kram / Rachelle Beaudoin / Kevvy Metal / Devon Johnson / Brian Patrick Franklin / Michael Szpakowski / Joel Schlemowitz

Jeanne Liotta / James G. Mattise / Kit Yi Wong / Ellen Mueller / Ellie Irons / Peter Rose / Jennae Santos / JaeWook Lee / Clint Enns / Seth Indigo Carnes / Erin Grant / Paul D’Agostino / Nicholas Parish / Stephanie Wuertz