Ellen Mueller

Professional Consulting

by Ellen Mueller on April 11, 2021, no comments


I accept one-on-one advising and consulting clients at $50/half-hour and $100/hour for a variety of topics. Pairs and small groups available upon request. I require 2-weeks lead time on document review requests 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.mueller@protonmail.com

For document review, I typically take on one project at a time when estimating review time/costs. For example, if you’d like me to review the materials for 1 job application (or 1 fellowship application, 1 grant, 1 book proposal, etc.), I can generally do that in 1/2 hour and email you the feedback (depending on the scope of the project, number/length of documents). Some people like to follow that up with a 1/2 hour zoom session to talk through the feedback — this is not required, but I like to offer it for those who request.
NOTE: Workshops, class visits, artist talks, and other speaking engagements available upon request. Different rates apply to accommodate the specialized preparation these engagements require.
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Professional practices for artists and designers

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

Academic job searching and interview prep

  • Editing job application documents (CVs, cover letters, teaching philosophies, research/artist statements, diversity statements, sample syllabi)
  • Mock interviews (I can tailor for video or on-campus differences)
  • Job talks / Teaching demos – development and test-runs
  • General campus visit prep

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 (vs individual) for building your art career

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

Teaching in higher education

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

Exiting academia (non-higher ed industry job searching)

  • Goal setting, interests/values identification, identifying potential alt-academic jobs
  • Navigating informational interviews
  • Updating LinkedIn efficiently and effectively (understanding the job application analytics available with Premium subscription, and how to apply them to your profile)

Project Management

  • Developing timelines
  • Group agreements/ team charters
  • Project brief development

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 Director of Programs at Arts Midwest. Over the past 10 years, I have been a member of the faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, UMass Dartmouth, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. I have held roles such as director and department chair at multiple institutions. 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 Walking as Artistic Practice with SUNY Press (2023), 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 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 5 conferences (both in-person and online, both regional and national). I’ve been advising and mentoring for over a decade.

Read recommendations of my services on my LinkedIn page.

Contact: ellen.mueller@protonmail.com


Additional information


Hourly, 30 Minutes, 15 Minutes