Resume

Ellen M. Sweetman

16609 Blenheim Way, Minnetonka, MN 55345 ~( 612) 314-9709 ~ http://livelybrush.com

ellen@livelybrush.com

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

“The Art of Ellen Sweetman”, Art Center on 7, Minnetonka, MN, June-September 2016

“The Art of Ellen Sweetman”, Minnetonka residence, Minnetonka, MN, March 2016

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“Springstep Collective”, Residential home, Minnetonka, MN, May 2017

“4 Angels Creations”, Residential home, Minneapolis, MN 2012-2014

“4 Angels Creations”, Residential home, Long Lake, MN 2008-2010

“Women Critique Group”, Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN 2006

“Women Critique Group”, Ridgewater College, Hutchinson, MN 2006

PUBLISHED WORK

Hypatia, Winter 2004

Windows of the World, Hall 1998

Studio One Spring 1993, 1994

Diotima Fall 1993

Lower Stumpf Review 1993, 1996

PUBLICATIONS

Springstep Collective Blog 2016-Current

PRESS

SUN Sailor, Minnetonka Mom Finally Follows her Dreams with Debut Art Show 2016, Vol.46, 34

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Springstep Collective, Artist’s Critique Group, Founder and participant 2016

Women artist’s Critique Group, Founder and participant 1997-2004

Apprenticeship, Glass Endeavors 2001-2002

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY EXPEREINCE

Art Instructor, Community Education STMA, Rockford, Buffalo, MN 2010-

Independent contractor 1992-current

Art Adventures, Hanover, Buffalo, Rockford, and Minnetonka MN 2010-current

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Stained Glass Artist 2001-current

Rocco Altabelli Runway Show, Props and original artwork 2013

Stage Designer, set designer Theatre Limina 2001-2009

EDUCATION

Springboard Arts

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Community Education

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University; Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, minor in Spanish

International Studies, Spain Program-Madrid Spain

COMMISSIONS

Individual/Group 1992-2008

 

Summary of Qualifications

  • Extensive and meaningful experience in Visual Arts and Theater capacities.
  • Appreciation and knowledge of design, color theory, two-dimension, three-dimension, and art history.
  • Successfully completed work for private businesses and patrons. Quality is the leading determinant for commissioned work and performance.

Strengths

  • Expertise in painting with oil, watercolor, and acrylic paints.
  • Experience in sculpture in a variety of media, subtractive and additive pieces.
  • Experience in set design and props.
  • Strong background and understanding of line, form, mass, color, light and shade, composition, surface and space.
  • Proficient in traditional styles of stained glass from century old leaded windows to tiffany style (copper foil).
  • Extensive art background in paint and glass, which complements color, design, construction, and rendering of each piece.
  • Ability to formulate customers’ ideas into finished product by utilizing creative thinking as well as concrete knowledge.
  • Established positive rapport with clientele and consistently received excellent feedback from customers regarding design, subject matter, execution and finished work of art.
  • Excel at maintaining required timeframes according to customer’s needs and store schedule.

Freelance and consulting work

Independent contractor                                                                                                        1992 to present

  • Various oil, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media paintings as well as stained glass works of art.
  • Research and design murals, paintings, and logos for various commissions. Logos used for various business and marketing tools such as postcards, stationary, programs, flyers, menus, and letterhead.

Art Instructor

Independent contractor                                                                                                                   1992 to 2014          

  • Private lessons to individuals pursuing art. Lessons based on individual needs included: composition, line, color theory, paint application and care of tools.       Demonstrations and critique provided.
  • Community Education students participated in Plein Air session time.

Theatre Limina            

Designer, constructor and Painter of set, props, and costumes.                                       May 2001- 2009

Board Member/Artistic Committee Member                                                             October 2001- 2003

Artist’s Critique Group

Founder and Participant                                                                                                               1997-2004

  • Gatherings of women artists for support, collaboration, and critique, which ended with a traveling gallery show to two MN colleges in 2003.

Apprenticeship – Glass Endeavors

Stained Glass Specialist/Designer                                                                   February 2001- May 2002

  • Sell original pieces of glass art and all supplies; restoration; commission work with a firm focus on color, design, construction, and excellence.
  • Design and create various windows, lamps and panels. Sizes range from one square foot to 30 square feet.

Dick Blick Art Materials

Retail Manager                                                                                                                               1998 -1999

  • Managed retail art supply store.

Regional Corrections Center, Roseville, MN

Art Instructor                                                                                                                                                         1997

Education

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Bachelor of Arts degree in Art (Spanish Minor)                                                                                          1996

  • International Studies, Spain Program – Madrid, Spain                                                                                               1994-1995

 

References available upon request