Ellen Mueller

CAA Round Table Discussion on Social Practice

by Ellen Mueller on February 13, 2018, no comments

round table

Please join Karen Gergely and I as we lead a round table discussion at this year’s CAA Conference:


Time: 02/23/2018: 12:30PM–2:00PM
Location: Petree Hall CD, Red Table

We’ll be discussing artistic practice that works with and for the benefit of communities. I’ll be handing out some zines too:


Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice

by Ellen Mueller on February 12, 2018, no comments

Mel Chin, "The Fundred Dollar Bill Project"

Mel Chin’s ongoing collective art project, “The Fundred Dollar Bill Project,” is made by people across America. Their hand-drawn interpretations of $100 bills are original works of art that together call attention to the danger of childhood lead poisoning and remind us that every child’s future has value. [Image Credit]

I am chairing a panel at the SECAC conference in Birmingham, October 17 – 20th, 2018. My panel is entitled, Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice, and I’m looking for presenters. Here’s the abstract:

Socially engaged art practices are growing in popularity, encompassing more media, approaches, forms, and strategies. As Pablo Helguera articulates in Education for Socially Engaged Art, “[it] is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary activity that exists somewhere between art and non-art…. Socially engaged art depends on actual — not imagined or hypothetical — social action.” For this panel, we will be focusing on those social practices that intersect with drawing due to its familiarity, accessibility, and wide-ranging manifestations. From traditional murals and community portraits, to earthworks and conceptual acts of erasure, drawing has intersected with this field time and again. Submissions should address this junction between social practice and drawing via topics including, but not limited to, artist talks on social practice works, pedagogical approaches, art historical analysis, review of independent publications/artist books, and beyond.

Proposals are due by April 20, 2018, and can be submitted at this link. Membership is required at the time of acceptance. Conference registration fee is required of all.

Please share far and wide! I would love to hear from a wide variety of interested people. 

• Open Call Dates: 08 Feb – 20 April, 2018
• Conference Dates: 17 Oct – 20 Oct, 2018
• Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham

SECAC has a new, easy-to-use submissions platform where you can review sessions and submit paper proposals: https://secac.secure-platform.com/. A PDF listing of sessions can also be found at http://www.secacart.org.

“Mouthfeel” at UMass Dartmouth

by Ellen Mueller on February 11, 2018, no comments

Elizabeth Willing, Lick (2009), digital video – 17:07 min

I’m excited to have installed Mouthfeel, an exhibition of five video works curated by Megan Fizell, at the UMass Dartmouth CVPA Upper Gallery. If you’re in the area, please join us for a reception on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4-6pm. The artists featured here include Elizabeth Willing, Hannah Raisin, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Nina Ross, and Hillerbrand+Magsamen. Mouthfeel has previously been viewed at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney, Creative Industries Precinct at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin (all in Australia).

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films. The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances. The videos feature a variety of actions, from the monotonous task of licking through a pane of cast sugar, to ingesting a bouquet of roses.

February 15 – March 9, 2018
Reception: Thurs, Feb 15, 4-6 pm

CVPA Building, Main Campus
285 Old Westport Road,
Dartmouth MA 02747

Link to Event:


Things That Go in Boxes – at ‘gift’ exhibition

by Ellen Mueller on February 10, 2018, no comments

Things That Go in Boxes

Fun news: Things That Go in Boxes, one of my collages made during my residency at Playa, will be included in the upcoming exhibition, gift, at Berry College. The title of the show borrows from issues discussed in Lewis Hyde’s book, The Gift, in which he compares the reception of an artwork to that of a gift that is received. As such, the artwork plays a unique and privileged role in society and one that fosters community and dialogue.

This exhibition was juried by art historian Jordan Amirkhani, who is deeply involved in contemporary art and culture both internationally and regionally and her writings have been published in a range of publications including Artforum, Art in America, and BURNAWAY.org. Dr. Amirkhani is also an expert on the French artist Francis Picabia and is currently assistant professor in the Art Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

February 12 – March 9, 2018
Juror’s talk/reception is Feburary 19 at 5 pm

Berry College, Moon Gallery
2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149