Van McElwee
American, Lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri

Dickson Beall in the West End Word Read Article
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Video artist Van McElwee's body of work includes over forty single-channel pieces and installations. McElwee, currently a professor of Electronic and Photographic Media at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, creates non-narrative videos that combine images extracted from the real world with textured music, and culminate in the viewer's experience and interpretation of the piece. McElwee explains: "I find inspiration in noise, in nature, in fake things, in ruins and construction sites, in overlapping sounds, and in concepts that I barely understand. I've always been preoccupied with form, not as opposed to content, but in relation to formlessness, an idea I owe to the East."

McElwee earned his B.F.A. in printmaking from the Memphis College of Arts, and his M.F.A. in Multimedia at the Washington University in Saint Louis School of Fine Arts. He has received many grants, fellowships, awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Independent Production Fund, and numerous nominations for the Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, most recently in 2005.

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