Ellen Mueller

“Subject, Form, Content, Context” at CAA

by Ellen Mueller on February 4, 2017, no comments

I will be presenting on the Rethinking Foundations Studies Curriculum panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference Saturday, February 18th from 8:30 – 10 a.m. – to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in the Madison Suite, 2nd Floor. My presentation will be about 15 minutes long, and below is a short description of the material I’ll be covering.

Subject Form Content Context


Foundations studies can be difficult to teach because of the wide ranging skills that need to be addressed — from technical know-how to critical thinking and research skills. In an effort to ensure these varied skills all receive the attention they deserve, I have developed a means of critique and evaluation that holds students accountable for four main components: subject, form, content, and context.

This presentation will discuss various ways to introduce and explore these components, including verbal and written exercises for both groups and individuals. I will also discuss rubrics based on these four components. Through this approach, students are held accountable for not only technical skills (form), but also critical thinking (What have they selected as their subject, and why? What is their concept?), and research skills (What does the student know about the context of this work?). This approach also helps students to better understand interdisciplinary work because it evaluates the work using the same framework used for more familiar media.

Altogether, this approach has been quite successful in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds to gain the foundational skills necessary for success in upper-level courses.

“Homes” at the Sleeth Gallery

by Ellen Mueller on January 16, 2017, no comments


Curated by Crystal Ann Brown

Sleeth Gallery
E Main St and College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Exhibition Dates: January 19 – February 10, 2017
RECEPTION: Thursday, January 19 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Facebook Event

Homes, is a group exhibition featuring artists from around the country, exploring the different structures we call “home”. Ranging from the socio-political view of spaces to a more general definition of home; such as feelings of security, transience and even fear. The exhibition includes a variety of media highlighting and expanding upon our personal interpretations of “home”.

Artists include: ellenmueller.comdawlinejaneart.comjoeybehrens.comchristadonner.comhironamatsuda.com

Pentaculum 2017 at Arrowmont

by Ellen Mueller on December 29, 2016, no comments

Arrowmont logo

I’m excited to be headed to Arrowmont for Pentaculum 2017, January 1-7 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

This short residency opportunity provides an intimate atmosphere for meaningful dialogue and social activities, and is built around 5 general areas: clay, fibers/textiles, metals, 2-D arts, and wood/sculpture. The residency offers space for individual artistic growth alongside the opportunity to strengthen and build meaningful relationships within the art and craft field.

I plan to work on some molding/casting and meet a bunch of very cool artists.