BIOGRAPHY

Born 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois


EDUCATION

MFA in Fiber and Material Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012
BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture (cum laude)
Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008


SKILLS

Teaching, Video Production & Editing, Photography, Prop Design, Costume Design, Pattern Drafting, Sewing / Garment Construction, Carpentry, Upholstery, Mold-making, Painting, Drawing, Graphic Design, Performance, Puppetry, Printmaking, Set Design, Crochet, Knitting, Writing, Editing, Public Speaking


AWARDS

Chicago Artist's Coalition Maker Grant Finalist, 2013
Stellar Scholarship, ACRE 2012
Janet & Walter Sondheim Award Semi-Finalist, 2009 

Interdisciplinary Sculpture Departmental Recognition Award, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2007
Academic Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004
Trustee's Award, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004


SOLO SHOWS

The Clownness,
Kit and Ace / Chicago, IL 2015

Ultraviolets
Plaines Project / Chicago, IL 2012

We Have Been to the Forest and Found it Lacking
Storefront installation
Labrabbit Optics / Chicago, IL 2010

Whim Jobs
WE LIVE IN NY $ LA / Chicago, IL 2010


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS & PERFORMANCES

MCA PrimeTime: Close
Museum of Contemporary Art / Chicago, IL 2016

Performance Moment Junior
Pinky Swear / Chicago, IL 2016

Mediums
Constellation / Chicago, IL 2016

Comfort Films Presents: Her Environment, Homonyms
The Comfort Station / Chicago, IL 2016

In/Habit: Press Repeat
Tritriangle / Chicago, IL 2016

Fields Magazine Issue 5 Release
Cafe Mustache / Chicago, IL 2016

2nd Floor Rear 2016: We Are Here!
Outerspace / Chicago, IL 2016

Palace Film Festival
Fine Arts Building / Chicago, IL 2016

Video! Video!: The Beauty Issue
Giron Books / Chicago IL 2015

The Wretched Nobles’ Best of 2015
Young Camelot / Chicago, IL 2015

Stamen & Pistols: Ellen Nielsen & Leslie Rogers
Chicago Filmmakers / Chicago, IL 2015

HORROR, CAMP, & MAKE BELIEVE
Young Camelot / Chicago, IL 2015

Point Taken
Little House / Chicago, IL 2015

Fields Magazine Issue 4 Release
Cafe Mustache / Chicago, IL 2015

Video! Video! 3
Templehead Gallery / Chicago, IL 2015

Queerfail Festival
Radar Productions & The Luggage Store Project / San Francisco, CA

Live to Tape: Artist Television Festival
Constellation / Chicago, IL 2015

GAZE: Pleasure / Pain
The Artist's Television Access / San Francisco, CA 2015

Parlour Tapes Presents: A Very Special Holiday Special!
Constellation Chicago / Chicago, IL 2014

KITCHEN SYNC
The Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago / Chicago, IL 2014

PSYCHEDELICATESSAN
ACRE TV / Chicago, IL 2014

RAVING DISCO DOLLY ON A ROCK AND ROLL TROLLEY
Envoy Enterprises / Manhattan, NY 2014

ACTIVATE
Curated by Johalla Projects and organized by the Chicago Loop Alliance / Chicago, IL 2014

SURPRISE
The Bridge PAI / Charlottesville, Virginia 2013

MIX NYC
Mix Factory / Brooklyn, NY 2013

trying to be cute bc the abyss
Co-Prosperity Sphere / Chicago, IL 2013

AFTERIMAGE
DePaul University Art Museum / Chicago, IL 2012

BLACK ARTS
Roxaboxen Exhibitions / Chicago, IL 2012

GULP, YARN, BANG!
School 33 / Baltimore, MD 2011

C A R T
Current Gallery / Baltimore, MD 2011

MFA Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sullivan Gallery / Chicago, IL 2011

Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist Exhibition
Decker Gallery / Baltimore, MD 2009

The Point!(producer and director)
In collaboration with Dan Breen, Jeanne-Marie Burdette, and the Baltimore Annex Theater
The 5th Dimension / Baltimore, MD 2009

For Decorative Purposes Only!
Midway at Artscape / Baltimore, MD 2009

MEANDYOUANDUST
Maryland Institute College of Art / Baltimore, MD 2008

Corner Store (FUF 2008)
Load of Fun Gallery / Baltimore, MD 2008

Puppets in Performance: Cardboard, Shadows, Sheets, Strings and Suitcases
(With Puppet Uprising)
Institute for Contemporary Art / Philadelphia, PA 2008

Epicenter for Short-Lived Phenomenon
Middendorf Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art / Baltimore, MD 2007

Exposition / Exhibition

Centre pour l’art et la culture / Aix-En-Provence, France 2007


WORK EXPERIENCE

Video! Video! Zine
Assistant Director
2015 - Present
Works with Director Zach Hutchinson, to facilitate Video! Video!, a monthly, juried screening series and online magazine dedicated to providing a platform for emerging video artists of all backgrounds. Corresponds with artists and jurors, creates monthly themes, writes proposals, and edits published materials. www.videovideozine.com

The Art Institute of Chicago
Teaching Artist
2015
Worked with the AIC education department to build a curriculum for a 24-hour fashion workshop in which teens redesigned the museum security officer uniforms. Taught basic patterning, sewing, and garment construction to high school age students.

Pluto Laundry
Independent Designer and Fabricator
2012 - Present
Designs and produces custom garments for performers, artists, and extra-fancy civilians, specializing in spandex unitards and stretch bodywear.

Marwen
Teaching Artist, "Costume Party"
Winter 2013
Instructed students in sewing, basic patterning, and cardboard fabrication techniques while introducing them to contemporary artists engaged with costume and performance.
Organized a final dance party, performance, and multimedia installation for the students to showcase their creations.

The Nature of Things
Pattern Drafter / Seamstress
2011 - 2013
Created patterns and garments from original designs by fibers artist, Sandra Adams.

Maryland Institute College of Art
Visiting Critic in Interdisciplinary Sculpture
2012

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teaching Assistant for Intro to Fibers
2010 - 2011
Demonstrated fiber techniques such as crochet, knitting, machine-sewing, and dyeing to undergraduate students. Engaged students in critical discussions about contemporary art, craft, and theory.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teaching Assistant for the First Year Program Core Studio
2009 - 2010
Instructed students in a broad range of processes including sewing, carpentry, figure drawing, and graphic design. Supervised the woodshop, performed maintenance on tools, and kept inventory of supplies.

Baltimore Annex Theater
Collective Member / Set Designer / Props Master
2008 - 2010
Designed and built props, sets, and costumes for Annex productions. Performed in numerous plays including Faustus, Space Ghost, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Directed and produced a full-scale puppet musical of Harry Nilsson’s The Point!

CENTERSTAGE Theater
Kenneth and Elizabeth Lundeen Properties Intern
2008 - 2009
Manufactured props for use in CENTERSTAGE performances using techniques ranging from carpentry and upholstery to graphic design.

Maryland Institute College of Art
Teaching Assistant for Interdisciplinary Sculpture
2008
Demonstrated techniques such as carpentry, sewing, mold-making, and Photoshop to foundation-year students while fostering student's conceptual development and critical engagement.

Parkett Publishers
Editorial Assistant
2006
Copy-edited drafts of articles. Kept office organized. Communicated with artists, writers, and galleries to facilitate issue 77 of Parkett Magazine.


PRESS

Fields Magazine, Issue 5 “Profile: Ellen Nielsen” by Sarah Quillin 2016
http://www.fieldsmagazine.com/

DePaul Art Museum, Afterimage Exhibition catalog. "Ellen Nielsen" by Elizabeth Chodos, 2012 https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:NMwO1W6-2OcJ:coopercolegallery.com/news/wp-content/uploads/AfterImage_Catalog_FINAL_resize-1.pdf

ArtSlant, "Afterimage" by Alicia Chester, 2012
http://www.artslant.com/chi/articles/show/32032

Monsters & Dust, Issue #3 "Flowers" 2012

Newcity Art, "Portrait of the Artist: Ellen Nielsen" by Lee Colon, 2012
http://art.newcity.com/2012/04/03/portrait-of-the-artist-ellen-nielson/

This Here Photo, "Ellen Nielsen Studio Visit: Beyond Velvet" by Alex De Leon, 2012
http://thisherephoto.tumblr.com/post/17560701949/ellen-nielsen-studio-visit-beyond-velvet

Mildred Pierce Issue #4, 2011
http://mildredpierce.wordpress.com/

Beautiful Decay Magazine Online, 2010 

http://beautifuldecay.com/2010/10/12/ellen-nielsen/

Ruby Mag Issue #44, 2009 

http://www.rubymag.com.ar

Bad at Sports Weekend Pick, 2009 

http://badatsports.com/2010/top-5-weekend-picks-514-515/

Baltimore Sun, "Giving Props to the Proper Props" by Mary McCauley, 2008
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2008-12-14/entertainment/0812120087_1_nielsen-virginia-woolf-pennies