Ellen McMahon

emcmahon@email.arizona.edu

 

SELECTED CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

1996                              MFA, Visual Art and Culture, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, Vermont.

1983                              MS, Scientific Illustration, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

1978                              BS, Biology, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon.

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2011—present         The University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson, Arizona, Full Professor.

1998—2011               The University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson, Arizona, Associate Professor.

1990—1998             The University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson, Arizona, Assistant Professor.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

Balance/unBalance: Water, Climate and Place, Reimaging Environments, Night Gallery, ASU Herberger Center for the Arts Phoenix, AZ “Prone to Collapse”, March 19-28, 2015.

Marking Time to a Changing Climate, Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Research Building, Tucson, Arizona “Change over Time” photo installation, February 14, 2015–May 2016.

One Minute Film Festival 2003–2012, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2013

Construct: Putting it Together, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, 2013

Coastal Issues: Art, Science and the Sea, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, 2011

Delight Becomes Pictorial, Tucson Contemporary Arts, Tucson, Arizona, 2011

Parallel Play, Roy Place Building, UA Downtown, Tucson, Arizona, 2011

Sculptural Books: Memory & Desire, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 2010

TARA Oceans, Biosphere II, Oracle, Arizona and University College, Dublin, Ireland, 2010

Reel Mothers: Film and the Maternal, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California, 2009 

Ellen McMahon: Artists Books and Printed Works, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol School of Creative Arts, Bristol, U.K., 2008    

NaturArte: A Bi-national Interdisciplinary Wetlands Conservation Project, Global Eyes Gallery, SIGGRAPH Annual Conference, San Diego, California, 2007

Bookmarks V, Originated at the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol School of Art, Bristol, U.K., traveled to Bournemouth Library, U.K.; Massolit Books, Krakow, Poland; Another Room Book Arts, Alameda, California; Knjizevni klub Booksa, Zagreb, Croatia; Firecatcher Books, Bromley Cross, Bolton, U.K.; Hokkaido College of Art and Design Library, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan; Bower Ashtin Library, Bristol School of Creative Arts; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; and Tivoli, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, 2007

Sea of Cortez: Nature, Art and Culture, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, 2007     

Last Minute, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2007     

Last Minute, Orchard Gallery, New York, New York, 2006     

Maternal Metaphors II, Ohio University Gallery, Athens, Ohio, 2006     

One Minute Film Festival, Narrowsburg, New York, 2006     

Maternal Metaphors I, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, New York, 2004     

Generations, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York, 2003     

Arizona Biennial Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, 1997-2003          

Love and Terror, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, 2003     

Lights, Camera, Action, MOCA, Tucson, Arizona, 2003     

One Minute Film Festival I, Narrowsburg, New York, 2003     

Rounce & Coffin Western Books Exhibition, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, 2002     

Maternal Matter: Books, Cards and Drawings, California State University, San Marcos, California, 2002      

Redressing the Mother: Photographs, Text, and Objects, A.I.R. Gallery II, New York, New  York, 1997     

 

PUBLICATIONS

"The Designers Who Mediate Our Experience of the World Should Probably Get Out More" can help save the planet” (op-ed) Huffington Post, October 9, 2014, 1:59pm. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-mcmahon/the-designers-who-mediate_b_5960056.html

“Designers can help save the planet” (op-ed) Pacific Standard: The Science of Society, June 20, 2014, 10am. http://www.psmag.com/navigation/nature-and-technology/climate-change-art-designers-can-help-save-planet-83874/

”Scorpio is Bright” (video) Maternal Aesthetics: The Surprise of the Real, special issue of Studies in the Maternal 5(1), University of London Birkbeck, U.K. http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/index.html

Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River (book) Confluencenter Beyond Boundaries Series, Volume 1, Number 1, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona, 2012 http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2407.htm

“Phainopepla” (essay). Spiral Orb Five: A Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park, Eric Magrane, ed., Tucson, Arizona, 2012. www.spiralorb.net/

“Art Between Us” (essay and four pages of artwork). The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein, eds. Demeter Press, York University, Toronto and London. 2011

“Through the Looking Glass: Keeping Up with Alice in her Teens” (essay). The Oldest We’ve Ever Been: Seven True Stories of Midlife Transitions, Maud Lavin, ed., University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 2008     

“Artist’s Pages” (text, drawings and typographic design). n. paradoxa: international feminist art journal, special issue Families/Homilies 16, London, U.K. 2005

“What Drives Us: Teaching Critical Issues in Design” (essay). Rough: The Journal of the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators, Dallas, Texas. 2004     

“Critical Issues in Design/Culture” (course descriptions). Teaching Graphic Design, Steven Heller, ed., Allworth Press, New York, New York. 2003     

“Exchanges: culture, place, identity, memory” (essay). Cross Cultural Design Issues, AIGA Forum, online journal of American Institute of Graphic Design, New York. 2002     

“A Little Bit of Loss” (essay). Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood, Moyra Davey, ed., Seven Stories Press, New York, New York. 2002     

“Outside the Cookie Cutter: Approaches to Teaching Graphic Design” (essay). AIGA Journal of Graphic Design 16(3), New York, New York. 1999    

“Exchanges: A Collaborative Teaching Project” (essay). Representations: Journal of the Design Communication Association, Tucson, Arizona. 1999     

“Have Sign Will Travel: Cultural Issues in Design Education” (essay). The Education of the Graphic Designer, Steve Heller, ed., Allworth Press, New York, New York. 1998     

“Maternity, Autonomy, Ambivalence and Loss” (essay and drawings). Longwood Arts Journal, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, New York. 1996     

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Award, The Op-Ed Project, University of Arizona and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. 2014

Confluncenter Director’s Fund for Excellence, project title: “Tree Mortality Through the Lens of Art and Science,” University of Arizona.  2014

Faculty Professional Development Endowment, project title: “Conifer Collapse: Why Trees Die” University of Arizona School of Art. 2014

National Endowment for the Arts, Art and Education Grant, “Home/Land: Visual Art in the Borderlands,” Lecture series presented at the University of Arizona School of Art (co-PI). 2014     

University and College Designers Association Annual Competition + Exhibition, GOLD AWARD, JUDGES AWARD, BEST IN SHOW, Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River. 2013     

Under Consideration FPO Award, Best International Print in 2012–2013, Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River. 2013     

Charles and Irene Putnam Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts, Tucson, Arizona. 2013    

Art Lab: Border Biosphere Exploration Residency, sponsored by the Rillito River Project, University of Arizona College of Science, Biosphere II, and Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation. 2010     

National Endowment for the Arts, Art and Education Grant for “Past as Prologue: Present as Future,” Lecture series presented at the University of Arizona School of Art (co-PI). 2010     

University of Arizona Provost Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Faculty Research Grant for collaborative project “Parallel Play: Interdisciplinary Responses to a Dry Riverbed,” Tucson, Arizona. 2010     

Art Lab: Border Biosphere Exploration Residency sponsored by the Rillito River Project, University of Arizona College of Science, Biosphere II, and Cuenca Los Ojos Foundation. 2010     

J. William Fulbright Grant, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CEIS), United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Washington DC. 2007     

 

LECTURES AND READING

“On Tree Mortality through the Lens of Art and Science, panel moderator, Balance/UnBalance: Water, Climate and Place, Reimaging Environments, ASU, Phoenix, March 28.  http://www.balance-unbalance2015.org/?cat=2). 2015

“Parallel Play: Multi-disciplinary Ways of Working” (visiting artist lecture) Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art, Richmond, Virginia. 2015

“Design and Ecology: Visualizing Ecological Principles, Patterns and Processes, Virginia Commonwealth University Rice River Center for Environmental Studies, Charles City, Virginia. 2015.

“Envisioning Ecology” (panelist) Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) National Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. 2014

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU) National Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. 2014     

SHUTTLE encounter: a projective conversation, June 17 and SHUTTLE encounter: a reflective conversation, July 6 (PechaKucha style presentations). Exploded View Gallery/Art Space, Tucson, Arizona. 2013     

Bat Night at the UAMA (panel moderator and book signing). University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. 2013     

Tucson Festival of Books, Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River (presentation and book signing). University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 2013     

Show & Tell @ Playground: Ground|Water: An Ode to a Dry River Book Launch (panel moderator and book signing). Playground Bar & Lounge, Tucson, Arizona. 2012     

“Phainopepla” from A Poetic Inventory of Saguaro National Park (reading). University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, Arizona. 2012     

“A Role for the Visual Arts in Facilitating Human Adaptation to Climate Change” (panel) Adaptation Futures, International Conference on Climate Change. University of Arizona Institute for the Environment, Tucson, Arizona. 2012     

“Coastal Issues: Art, Science and the Sea” (gallery talk). Bernal Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. 2011     

Design and Illustration Projects with Students in the Sea of Cortez (panel). Center for the Arts, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona. 2011     

“Phainopepla” (reading). Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona. 2011     

“Bats, Shrews and Spotted Frogs: Art, Design and Science” (visiting artist lecture). New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 2010     

“Art|Science Trajectories” (panel). Biosphere II, Oracle, Arizona. 2010     

“Creating New Leadership for Arizona’s Water and Environment in a Time of Change” (round table discussion). Water Resources Research Center Annual National Conference, Tucson, Arizona 2010     

“Birds and Brands for the Conservation of Coastal Wetlands” (lecture in the series “Notes from the Gulf: Art, Science and Conservation”). University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, Arizona. 2009           

“Being There: Crossing the Border to Form Sustainable Design Partnerships” (New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design, London College of Communication, U. of the Arts, London, U.K. 2008     

“Through the Looking Glass: Keeping up with Alice in her Teens” (reading). Antigone Books, Tucson, Arizona. 2008     

“Incorporating a Bi-national Conservation Project into a Visual Communications Curriculum” (lecture in the session, “Design Education and Culture: social responsibility, and sustainable practices”). International Council of Design Associations (ICOGRADA) World Design Congress, Havana, Cuba. 2007     

“Art Between Us” (reading). Women’s Studies Symposium, Lindley Cultural Center, Ohio State University, Athens, Ohio. 2006     

“Experiencing Agency as a Designer Through Service to the Community” (panel). Schools of Thought 2, Annual AIGA Education Conference, Art Center College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California. 2005     

“Taxonomies of the Home: Recent Work” Vermont College MFA in Visual Art, Montpelier, Vermont. 2005     

“Maternal Metaphors” (panel, moderator). Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, New York. 2004     

“Art and Design in Arizona” (panel, moderator). Annual conference of  National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), Tucson, Arizona. 2004 

“Maternal Matters: Feminist Motherhood and Art” California State University, San Marcos, California. 2002     

“Redressing the Mother/Undressing the Self” Vermont College MFA Program in Visual Art, Montpelier, Vermont. 2002     

“Text, Image and Activism” Arizona, Humanities Council Lecture, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. 2001

“Visual Representations of Motherhood” (panel), National Conference of Women’s    Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 2000     

“Redressing the Mother: Autonomy, Sacrifice and Infanticide” (panel). Feminist Art   and Maternal Representation, College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California. 1999     

“Motherhood, Sacrifice and Infanticide” (gallery talk). A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York. 1999     

“Intimacy and Autonomy: Making Art About the Family” (organizer and panel chair) Mid- America College Art Association Annual Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. 1998     

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN COLLABORATIONS

“She was Fifteen” and “Lift Off,” movie posters for the One Minute Film Festival 2003–2012, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (co-design with Karen Zimmermann). 2013     

Ground|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River, book and related promotional material (co-design with Kelly Leslie and Jonathan Black). 2012  

University of Arizona Poetry Center, identity and application to 50th Anniversary posters, cards, banners, and 88-page commemorative book, Tucson, Arizona (co-design with Kelly Leslie). 2010                       

Tucson Community Meditation Center, identity with application to brochure and center signage, Tucson, Arizona (co-design with Kelly Leslie). 2010        

VERITAS: Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System, brochure, Whipple Observatory, Smithsonian Institution, Amado, Arizona (co-design with Kelly Leslie). 2010                       

Tucson Poetry Festival, 30th anniversary identity applied to poster and promotional materials, Tucson, Arizona (co-design with Kelly Leslie).                

Center for the Study of Oceans and Deserts (CEDO Intercultural), identities for the Estuary Conservation Fund, NaturArte: ecotourism corridor, and 30th Anniversary events applied to a wide range of publications, programs, and presentations, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico (co- design with Kelly Leslie, Margaret Kimball, Eva Orduña, Sean Waple, and other students in my Critical Issues courses from 2005 to present).

 

INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS

University and College Design Association Archives, Smyrna, Tennessee. 2013     

Schaffer Library Special Collections, Union College, Schenectady, New York. 2010     

Doane Library, Special Collections, Denison University, Granville, Ohio. 2010     

Darling Biomedical Library Special Collections, UCLA, Los Angeles, California. 2009     

Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 2008     

Bournemouth Library Special Collections, Bournemouth, United Kingdom. 2008     

Hokkaido College of Art and Design Special Collections, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. 2008     

Bower Ashton Library, Bristol School of Creative Arts, Bristol, United Kingdom. 2008     

Young Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, California. 2006     

Special Collections, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. 2006     

Ella Strong Dennison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California. 2006     

The Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts. 2004     

Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. 2002     

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson. 2002     

The New York Public Library, Main Branch, New York, New York. 1991     

 

PRESS: NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES/TV/VIDEO

Andrew Brown, “2015 Arizona Biennial” Interview. September 14, 2015. https://ondemand.azpm.org/videoshorts/watch/2015/9/14/72023-tucson-museum-of-art-biennial-2015/

Everett-Haynes, LA Monica. “Art and Science of the Environment: an exhibition to encourage imagination, questioning and discovery around scientific matters.” April 9, 2015. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/the-art-and-science-of-the-environment

Eric Magrane, “Art in the Tree-Ring Lab,” Proximities. April 10, 2015. http://environment.arizona.edu/proximities/three-exhibits

Katelyn Caldwell. “Professor Ellen McMahon links Science to the Arts.” The Daily Wildcat, Nov. 3,2014. http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2014/11/professor-ellen-mcmahon-links-science-to-the-arts

Alexis Blue. “Art Professor Creates a New World of Awareness.” UA News, Oct 23, 2014. http://uanews.org/story/art-professor-creates-new-world-of-awareness

Everett-Haynes, LA Monica. “Project Diversifies Voices in the National Public Sphere.” UA News, April 25, 2014. http://uanews.org/story/project-diversifies-voices-in-the-national-public-sphere

Hull, Tim. “Dry World: If you wonder why they still print books in physical form, you haven’t seen Ground|Water yet.” Book review in Tucson Weekly, July 2, 2013.  http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/dry-world/Content?oid=3827984 

Loveless, Natalie. “The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art.” Book review in Studies in the Maternal 5(1), 2013. http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/Loveless_SiM_5_1_2013.html

Fromm, Harold. “Ecocriticism at Twenty-five.” 65th anniversary environmental issue of The Hudson Review 66(1):196–208, Spring 2013.  http://hfromm.net/professional/

Cullen, Andrew. “Ground|Water: the Art, Design and Science of a Dry River.” Book review in High Country News, Paonia, Colorado. May 27, 2013.

Paniagua, Tony. “Missing Element in AZ Rivers: Water.” AZ Illustrated Nature: Santa Cruz, Other Dry Rivers, Arizona Public Media. May 22, 2013. https://ondemand.azpm.org/p/segments/2013/5/22/24509-missing-element-in-az-rivers- water/

Magrane, Eric. “The Art and Science of a Dry River.” Proximities, November 1, 2012. http://environment.arizona.edu/proximities/art-and-science-dry-river

Everette-Haynes, La Monica. “Series Promotes Conversations between Artists, Scientists.” UA News, January 26, 2012. http://uanews.org/story/series-promotes-conversations-between- artists-scientists

Bourland, Jenna. “Faculty Spotlight on Ellen McMahon.” Pawprint: Newsletter of the UA Parents and Family Association 5(9), May/June 2012. http://uafamilynewsletter.arizona.edu/e-news/may/2012/262

 Everette-Haynes, La Monica. “Exploring Water Issues Through the Arts, Humanities.” UA Now Weekly, November 19, 2012. http://uanews.org/story/exploring-water-issues-through- arts-humanities

Regan, Margaret. “Prized Place: PCC West offers tribute to the Sea of Cortez in the Coastal Issues Exhibit.” Tucson Weekly, September 1, 2011. http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/prized-place/Content?oid=3147677

Vega, Michel. Visiting Artist Interview, SUM-ART RADIO: The People’s Hour, KRUX 91.5 Las Cruces, New Mexico, April 29, 2010.

 Ferguson, Will. “Gulf Guardians: Celebrating CEDO Intercultural.” Tucson Weekly, April 1, 2010.

 Barnes, Bethany. “Locals swarm to Bat Night.” Arizona Wildcat, September 1, 2010.

“Trade Paperbacks for spring,” review of The Oldest We’ve Ever Been: Seven Stories of Midlife Transitions, including my essay, “Through the Looking Glass: Keeping Up with Alice in Her Teens.” Publishers Weekly, Reviewed January 1 and January 21, 2008.

Heltzel, Ellen Emry. “Writers Share Their Experiences with Middle Age, Death, Marriage & Families,” review of The Oldest We’ve Ever Been: Seven Stories of Midlife Transitions. Chicago Tribune, June 1, 2008.

Wine, Paul. “Boomer Tales,” review of The Oldest We’ve Ever Been: Seven Stories of Midlife Transitions. Tucson Weekly, May 1, 2008.

Gosner, Will. “Drawing on Cultural Inspiration: Ellen McMahon gets her students out of the classroom and into the natural world.” The University of Arizona Alumnus 85(2), 2008.

Regan, Margaret. “Down by the Seashore,” review of Sea of Cortez: nature, art and culture. Tucson Weekly, July 1, 2007.

Everette-Haynes,  La Monica. “Preserving Mexico’s Ecology: Mural Documents Puerto Peñasco’s Wildlife, History.” Tucson Citizen, November 7, 2006.

Mislevy, Stephanie. “The Mother Lode of Emotional Art,” review of Maternal Metaphor’s II exhibition. Speakeasy Magazine, October 25, 2006.

Gallardo, Leticia. Article about students working in Morua Estuary, De Fuente, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico, April 27, 2006.