Ellen Mueller

Bad at Sports Podcast: Today’s MFA

by Ellen Mueller on April 10, 2020, no comments

Bad at Sports

Check out this episode of Bad At Sports podcast!

This episode was recorded in Chicago during February at CAA 2020. We were talking about the recent evolution of the MFA degree with  Ellen Mueller of the Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMK Guth of the Pacific Northwest College of ArtLisa Iglesias of the University of Florida Gainesville, and Paul Catanese of Columbia College Chicago.

Juried Winona State University Exhibit

by Ellen Mueller on April 2, 2020, no comments

Winona State University Juried Exhibition

I was delighted to recently jury the Winona State University annual juried exhibition at Watkins Gallery. On Wednesday, April 1, WSU hosted a virtual walk-through of the exhibition, which is what is pictured here. It was a great opportunity to forge new connections with regional neighbors!

The Art & Design Department at WSU creates programming for two art galleries on their campus, hosting exhibitions by exciting, cutting-edge contemporary artists and curators across the nation.

Teaching Place Conference

by Ellen Mueller on March 6, 2020, no comments

Teaching Place Conference

UPDATE: This event will still take place, but ONLINE – webinar link will be shared with all registrants (so make sure you register!).

I am excited to host “Teaching Place Conference” on June 6, 2020 at 12-6pm. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/teach-place

This event asks higher ed instructors in art/design programs, “How do your frame “place” in your classroom?” The event features presentations, discussions, and activities. It is free, but registration is required.

This event takes into consideration a variety of media and modes of making (public art, documentary work, graphic design, environmental/eco art, social practice, place-based creative collaboration, rural engagement,  and beyond) in relationship to teaching the concept of “place.” Topics of discussion might include, but are not limited to, geographical considerations, issues of privilege and difference, plurality of histories, public engagement, intersection of curating and teaching site-specific practices, and so on.

Presenters include, Sanjit Sethi, Nicole Condon-Shih, Jen Caruso, Natasha Pestich, Alex Braidwood, Jojin Van Winkle, Billi London-Gray, Karen Gergely, Kevin McKelvey, Elise Kirk, Brandon Waybright, Greg Blair, Julie Libersat, Sophie Durbin, Susan Smith, Robert Bubp, Glenna Jennings, Leslie Grant, and Regan Golden.

Registrants will also have the opportunity to participate in a project exchange, as well as a crowd-sourced reading and resources list.

Teaching Place Conference
Line-up of speakers: https://tinyurl.com/teach-place
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 12-6pm
Webinar link will be sent to all registrants

Call for Presentations – SECAC 2020

by Ellen Mueller on February 23, 2020, no comments


I am excited to be chairing a panel at the SECAC Conference in Richmond VA, Oct 21-24, 2020, entitled, Self Publishing as Social Practice. I’m looking for presenters. Here’s the abstract:

As social practice becomes more widely accepted and integrated into higher education, various sub-topics have become more visible, including self-publishing. From zines, newspapers, and field guides, to books, manifestos, and maps, self-publishing as a form of social practice has spread into wide-ranging art and design courses due to its low cost and accessibility, for both makers and readers. This panel seeks submissions that address wide-ranging manifestations of self-publishing as social practice from artists, designers, and art historians. For the purposes of this panel, we will categorize social practice as social engagement and collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions as a form of participatory art. Topics of investigation could include, but are not limited to, integrating technology, looking at the past, present, and future of these practices; examining existing or proposed courses focused on this subject; and sharing particularly effective assignments related to this area of study.

Proposals are due by May 15, 2020 (this is a NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!). 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/9/home  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:

self-publishing drop-down

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

Conference Dates: October 21-24, 2020
Venue: Richmond Marriott Downtown
Call for Papers Due: May 15, 2020 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE!)
Website: https://secacart.org/page/Richmond

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


Zine/Zeen – The Art of Homemade Resistance

by Ellen Mueller on February 11, 2020, no comments


I have some of my Social Practice Zines on view at an exhibition showcasing the movement of independent publications distributed in nontraditional ways. Zines resist mainstream media, ideals, and profits to an alternative grassroots mode of communication. View hundreds of zines from Oregon and around the world with special programming headed up by zinesters and zine collectors.

February 11th – May 22nd
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday at 11 am to 4 pm.

ARTspace Gallery
510 1st Street
Lake Oswego

LO Reads and OR Humanities Conversation Project // Why DIY? — Feb. 11 // 6-8 p.m.
First Fridays — March 6 // April 3 // May 5 // 5 to 7 p.m.
Drink & Draw – All Things Zine — March 12 // 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Studio Visit with Kate Bingaman-Burt — April 14 // 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.