Ellen Mueller

Call for Presentations – SECAC 2019

by Ellen Mueller on February 2, 2019, no comments

Professional Practices in the MFA

I am excited to be chairing a panel at the SECAC Conference in Chattanooga TN, Oct 16-19, 2019, entitled, Professional Practices and the MFA. I’m looking for presenters. Here’s the abstract:

MFA programs are the terminal degree for artists and designers, with many intending to launch a career as an exhibiting artist or as a professor in higher education. As anyone who has participated in an MFA program can share, graduates actually end up going into a much wider plurality of careers upon completion. With the high cost of participation, in terms of both time and money, there is a convincing argument that MFA programs need to take more responsibility for career development and preparation. The question then, is how to support MFA students in those next steps after graduation. For this panel, we will be focusing on wide-ranging manifestations of professional development in MFA programs. What are programs considering core competencies in terms of professional practices? What are the time-tested strategies, and what are emerging as new professional practices for MFA students? What is the vision for the future? Proposals welcome from faculty, grad students, administrators, and others.

Proposals are due by April 1, 2019. SECAC membership is required if your presentation is accepted. Conference registration fee is required of all. Visit this link to submit your presentation proposal: https://secac.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/5 To submit, select “Studio Art” from the drop-down menu, and then a new drop-down will appear where you can click the title of my panel:


If you’ve never written a conference proposal before, here’s a great article about how to write one.

Conference Dates: October 16 – 19, 2019
Venue: The Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad St
Conference Directors: Katie Hargrave and Christina Vogel
Contact: secac2019@gmail.com
Call for Papers Dates: February 1 – April 1, 2019
Website: https://secacart.org/page/Chattanooga

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

Miles of Separation Exhibition

by Ellen Mueller on January 29, 2019, no comments

Erma Series: Line Up

Three drawings from Erma Series have been selected for the juried exhibition, Miles of Separation, at Drury University’s C-Street Gallery. This show explores the way humans travel across the planet for asylum, weather events, luxury, exploration, or the need to relocate.

C Street Gallery
233 E Commercial St
Springfield, Missouri 65803

Feb. 1-22, 2019
Viewing Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
First Friday Receptions: 5 – 8 p.m. monthly

Social Practice & Service Learning Panel at CAA

by Ellen Mueller on January 26, 2019, no comments

Social Practice Zines: Discussion Questions

Karen Gergely and I are co-chairing a panel at the CAA Conference in NYC, entitled, Social Practice & Service Learning. Join us Thursday, February 14, 2-3:30pm at New York Hilton Midtown – Concourse G. The panelists include:

Improving Social Practice through Service Learning Pedagogy
Kimberly Callas, Monmouth University

Art in Public: Audiencing and Engagement
Jennifer E. Ustick, University of Cincinnati

Empathy and Politics: Negotiating Student Approaches and Community Impact
Leslie M. Robison, Flagler College

Metropolis—Studying in the City
Karni Barzilay, Curator of Kav 16 – Community Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

This is going to be a blast, AND I’ll be distributing a limited run of my ongoing series of zines focused on social practice at this panel!

CAA Conference
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019

Body + Camera Festival in New Jersey City

by Ellen Mueller on January 19, 2019, no comments


Crunching, a video piece made during a residency at Playa Artist Residency in Oregon, is set on the edge of a lake that dries up every summer due to commercial irrigation. It depicts various textures that, while appealing, also reflect a strained relationship between natural processes and human exploitation.

This work will be featured in the Body + Camera Festival, which presents a broad spectrum of contemporary work in experimental, dance, and performance film, and includes special screenings and artist talks aimed at provoking discussion around the event’s theme. This year’s films were selected from over 1,700 international submissions by a jury of experienced members of the performance and film community, and organized into five distinct programs and installations.

Crunching is a part of the Convening program: eight films that explore our ongoing search for physical intimacy with nature.

Mana Contemporary, New Jersey City, NJ
January 26, 2019 — 11am-5pm
888 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Emergency Index Vol. 7

by Ellen Mueller on January 10, 2019, no comments

Emergency Index Vol. 7

Pre-order the latest volume of Emergency Index! My project, Eating & Making Together (Cheese Sculptures), is included in the book.

The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work. Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up.

INDEX Vol. 7 presents 260 works from 51 countries performed during 2017, documented in the words of their creators.

If you have a performance you’d like to submit for the next edition, the deadline is Feb 15, 2019.