Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media.
Recent exhibitions include Color of the Year at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids MI, Land-Sc(r)aping at Living Arts in Tulsa OK, and Like it or Not at CICA Museum in South Korea. Artist residencies include Ucross Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, Nes Artist Residency in Iceland, Virginia Center for Creative Art where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, Coast Time, Signal Culture, Playa Fellowship Artist Residency, and Künstlerhaus Lukas (full scholarship, Germany).
Mueller was raised in Fargo, ND, and starting in July 2018 she will be the director of the MFA Program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Previously she has been a member of the faculty at UMass Dartmouth, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. She completed a BA in Theatre and Art, and a BS in Design Technology from Bemidji State University. Additionally, she has obtained performance training at Dell’Arte International and the Brave New Institute (now known as the Brave New Workshop Student Union).
Mueller has published two textbooks: one with Oxford University Press entitled Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (2016), and one with Routledge Focus entitled, Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles (2018)