Ellen Mueller

What Happens at the Intersection of Conceptual Art and Teaching?

by Ellen Mueller on August 12, 2020, no comments

Conceptual Art and Teaching Poster

This Saturday at 12:30pm CST, you can log onto Zoom and hear me speak for about 10 minutes about the Walking as Artistic Practice course that I teach – see you there! Here’s the Facebook Event.

This talk is part of a conference hosted by Conceptual Art & Teaching – a marathon zoomposium, where 39 scholars, teachers, and artists will present think-pieces and essays addressing the question: What happens at the intersection of conceptual art & teaching?

The participants are from NY, CA, CT, CO, TN, OH, UT, AZ, IL, IN, MN, GA, MO and NC; and internationally from Poland, Sweden, Korea, Colombia, Canada, and Mexico.

This event is open to the public and does not need to be attended in its entirety (although we encourage you to do so if you are able). The poster (image) above has the roster of presenters and when they will come on the zoom to present their papers. Each presentation will last no more than 10 minutes.

ZOOM INFO for August 15, 12pm-6pm:
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Meeting ID: 425 125 6417
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  1. Angela Baldus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  2. Daniel T. Barney, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  3. Melissa Bremmer & Emiel Heijnen, Breitner Academy,
  4. Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tentative)
  5. Brian & Ryan, San Diego Unified School District and Palomar College, San Diego, CA
  6. Natalia Calderon, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa Mexico
  7. Paulina Camacho Valencia, University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, IL
  8. Cala Coats, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  9. Alice Costas, Northside College Prep. High School, Chicago, IL
  10. Miriam Dolnick, Senn High School, Chicago, IL
  11. Clark Goldsberry, American Fork High School, UT
  12. Agnieszka Grodzińska, Academy of Arts of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
  13. Fredric Gunve, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  14. Christina Hannawalt, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  15. Rachel L.S. Harper, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  16. Kira Hegeman, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
  17. Dennis Helsel, Blue Ridge Elementary, Kansas City, MO
  18. Catalina Hernandez Cabal, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL & Natalia Espinel, Universidad Javeriana de Bogota, Colombia
  19. Eunji Lee, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and Seoul, South Korea
  20. Lillian Lewis, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
  21. Nicole Marroquin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  22. Guen Montgomery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  23. Ellen Mueller, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
  24. Kaleb Ostraff, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  25. Sam Peck, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  26. Elissa Rashkin, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa Mexico
  27. Mindi Rhoades, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH & Brooke Hofsess, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  28. Ross Roadruck, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA
  29. Samuel Rocha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  30. Ross Schlemmer, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut, CT
  31. Allison Rowe, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL and Toronto, ON, Canada,
  32. Heath Schultz, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  33. Nathan Shackelford, St. Charles East High School, St. Charles, IL
  34. Stephanie Springgay, McMaster University, Toronto, ON, Canada
  35. Albert Stabler, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
  36. Sue Uhlig, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

“Mending” Exhibition

by Ellen Mueller on July 19, 2020, no comments


Excited to show a few works from my 2015 series, “Martha Says,” in Mending.  This work has never been displayed in Minnesota, so it will be great to have it on view with all these talented artists!

Mending, a mobile art exhibit and conversation of a world in crisis, will be on view in the ArtReach St. Croix Mobile Art Gallery this summer and will be located:

  1. Along the Brown’s Creek Trail near the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater on July 31-August 2
  2. Afton State Park on August 21-23
  3. Lake Elmo Regional Park Preserve on September 5-7

Due to frequent changes due to health protocols, people are encouraged to check this page for specific gallery hours and location details.

The exhibit, organized with guest curator William G. Franklin, features a selection of damaged objects from local and regional artists that will serve as a catalyst for a conversation on personal histories, human fragility, anxiety and hopes for the future.

“One could say that the works in this exhibit have been rescued by the artists from an otherwise abandoned existence and granted a new timely mission, to facilitate a needed reflection on our human condition, vulnerabilities, and hopes in this time of crisis,” says Franklin. “Bringing together histories from a diverse group of participants, the exhibit aims at conjuring a unique total experience for the visitors. ArtReach’s mobile gallery is literally the vehicle to make this possibility a reality.”

Artists featured in Mending are: Kelly Anderson, Lauren Bina, Elizabeth Black, Guillermo Cuellar, Martha Driessen, Preston Drum, Jennifer Frisbie, Roshan Ganu, Alondra Garza, Jacqueline Gran, Christopher Harrison, Jamie Kalvestran, Michael McColl, Natalie McGuire, Celina McManus, Ellen Mueller, Sue Rowe, Chloe Russell, Alonso Sierralta, Susan Strand-Penman, Xavier Tavera, Suyao Tian, Gustavo Torres, Jessica Turtle and Shun Yong.

Virtual artist talks will be moderated by Franklin. Area residents are invited to be part of the exhibition by submitting a question for the artists regarding damaged, broken or perturbed objects and how they relate to the current local, regional and global crises. The talks will be available through Instagram live and a video loop of the conversations will be part of the exhibit installation.

There will be an opening party (mostly outdoors) at ArtReach St. Croix (224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater) on Thursday, July 30 from 6-9pm. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register to spread out arrival times at https://bit.ly/2WoB7Ce

Intro to Visual Criticism & Theory (for the Grad School Curious)

by Ellen Mueller on May 4, 2020, no comments

This summer I’m teaching a 5-week workshop designed as a brief introduction to visual theory and criticism through reading, writing, and discussion.

We will examine common critical lenses (feminist, marxist, colonialist, etc.), the importance of context, themes such as the everyday, humor, privilege and difference, as well as two topics selected by the class (from a menu of options provided by the instructor). We’ll also look at the history of visual theory and criticism, definitions, and why the study of theory and criticism is included in graduate programs.

Students will learn about a number of resources, from anthologies of writing, to topic-specific books. This course is for anyone 18+ with an interest in the lenses of visual theory and criticism, especially those thinking about pursuing graduate-level studies.

Register Before: July 1
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings: Register on or before May 15 and save $25. Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).

Walking as Artistic Practice (updated for Summer 2020)

by Ellen Mueller on May 3, 2020, no comments

Did you see my posts from last summer, and wish you could take my Walking as Artistic Practice class, but you were far away from Minneapolis? Good news! This summer I’m offering a new version that is online as a remote learning experience!

This workshop is designed as a brief survey of some of the origins, theories, processes, and manifestations of walking as art. Read, watch, and discuss perspectives on walking-based projects. Using this information as a springboard, students will complete their own walking exercises, and execute original walking-based projects. This summer we will be covering the following three topics: walking as ritual, who gets to walk and where?, and archiving walking. Open to students ages 18 and above.

This remote class will be conducted via Google Meet. It will include presentations by the instructor, class discussions, and opportunities for students to share their work.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; digital or cell phone camera.

Register HERE 

Class Savings: Register on or before May 15 and save $25. Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).