Ellen Mueller

Professional Consulting

by Ellen Mueller on April 11, 2021, no comments


I accept one-on-one advising and consulting clients at $25/half-hour and $50/hour for a variety of topics. I require 2-weeks lead time to ensure I am able to give your project the attention it deserves (I do not accept rush orders). Please email me to discuss before you purchase – ellen@ellenmueller.com

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Job searching and interview prep

    • Editing job application documents (CVs, cover letters, teaching philosophies, research/artist statements, diversity statements, sample syllabi)
    • Job talks / Teaching demos – development and test-runs
    • General campus visit prep

Professional practices

    • Goal setting
    • Grant applications
    • Networking strategy
    • Writing exhibition proposals
    • Residency applications

Strategically navigating academia

    • Planning your research and teaching to get the most out of both
    • Academic conferences (applying to panels, chairing panels, networking)

Authoring textbooks

    • Ideation
    • Creating a table of contents
    • Writing the first 1-3 chapters
    • Finding potential publishers
    • Writing a book proposal
    • Self-publishing

Collective practices (versus individual practices) for building your art career

    • Creating and maintaining artist collectives
    • Critique groups
    • Organizing conferences and workshops
    • Independent publishing (zines, artist books, etc.)


    • Course planning (Backward Design)
    • Open-source websites and creative commons licensing for your materials
    • Adapting to the online environment (accessibility and interactivity)

Studio Visits

  • I’m happy to talk about your creative practice/artwork, and provide feedback. Online or in-person (depending on proximity to current location)

and more…

A little bit about my background:

Currently, I am the Director of the MFA Program in Visual Studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Over the past 10 years, I have been a member of the faculty at UMass Dartmouth, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. I completed my MFA in studio art at University of South Florida in 2011, and I completed a BA in Theatre and Art, and a BS in Design Technology from Bemidji State University.

Additionally, I recently published Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design with Oxford University Press (2016), Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles with Routledge Focus (2018), and Some Social Practice via Creative Commons (2020). I’m currently under contract with SUNY Press for a new book, Walking as Artistic Practice. I also founded the CAA Conversations Podcast in 2017.

I’ve attended 18 residencies, and received 20+ grants. I’ve presented at 20+ conferences. I’ve organized 4 conferences (both in-person and online, both regional and national). I’ve been advising and mentoring for over a decade.

Contact: Ellen@EllenMueller.com

Additional information


Hourly, 30 Minutes