Van McElwee’s body of work includes over seventy single-channel works, installations and internet-based artworks. After receiving an MFA in Multimedia at the Washington University School of Art in 1978, he was awarded a Merit scholarship. He studied with the electronic music composer, Tom Hamilton, and the sound and light pioneer, Howard Jones. Today, Van McElwee is professor of Electronic and Photographic Media at Webster University in St. Louis. McElwee’s works have been shown in many exhibitions around the world and have received numerous prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the American Film Institute’s Independent Filmmaker Award, seven fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and a travel grant from the Government of India.
Selected one-person shows and installations include
A ten year retrospective at Anthology Film Archives, New York City, The Kitchen, New York City, The Shanghai Duolun Museum of Art, China, a retrospective and six installations at The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Galerie Trabant, Austria, a twenty-five year retrospective at St. Louis University Museum of Art, Thread Waxing Space, New York, a ten-year survey at Rencontres Video Art Plastique in France; Argos Gallery in Belgium; two one-person shows at Berkeley Museum of Art Pacific Film Archive, California; a Virginia Museum of Art touring exhibition, The Marsh Gallery at the University of Richmond, Virginia; Medienwerkstatt in Vienna; a video wall at the Continental Insurance Building, New York, Citicorp Center, New York, Ohio University Gallery of Art, Athens; Artist’s Television Access, San Francisco and a commissioned installation for the COSI Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
Selected group shows and festivals include
Paula Cooper Gallery New York for the NAP Video Biennial, The Long Beach Museum of Art, Ars Electronica, ZKM, Siggraph, Camden Arts Centre, UK, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Wexner Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, New York Video Festival, Berlin Film Festival, London Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Experimental Intermedia, New York, Worldwide Video Festival at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Impakt, Videonale, Bonn, Black Maria Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Artpool, Budapest, Montevideo, Amsterdam, an installation at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Art in General, New York, Onion City Film Festival, Digital Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea, The New York Expo, The Biennial of Media and Architecture, Graz, Austria, a video wall at the Dallas Museum of Art for the Dallas Video Festival; an Installation at The International Symposium on Electronic Arts in Montreal; an installation at F.A U.S.T. in France; an installation at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille, France, for the Lille International Film Festival, and installations at international art fairs in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Zurich.