Eric Mueller is a Minneapolis-based artist, photographer, and teacher. Known for his graphic style and strength in composition, his photographs have been exhibited in dozens of group shows, including at the Plains Art Museum, the Devos Art Museum, the Midwest Center for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, the Southeast Center for Photography, and the Columbus Museum of Art. He has been recognized with awards by La Grande Photo, the Minnesota State Fair, Dave Bown Productions, Instagram, and the Mobile Photography Awards. His freelance clients include Explore Minnesota, Blu Dot, the Yarnery, Budweiser, Metro Transit, Zagat Guides, Minnesota Historical Society, and WCCO TV.

In 2017, Mueller was featured on Minnesota Original, the Emmy-Award-winning television show on TPT (Twin Cities PBS) that profiles Minnesota artists.

In 2016, Mueller completed a year-long photo-a-day project, 366 Things I Love, which challenged him to shoot and post a photo for 366 consecutive days. He is currently working on another long-term project, Family Resemblance, with the goal of documenting and celebrating people who are genetically related and bear a strong resemblance to each other.

Mueller teaches iPhone Photography classes online for iPhonePhotographySchool.com and locally for IFP Minnesota, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. He has about 50,000 followers on Instagram.

Before he became a full-time photographer in 2014, Mueller worked as a filmmaker and producer in the Twin Cities for 25 years. As a filmmaker, he received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the Jerome Foundation, Film in the Cities, as well as a Bush Artist Fellowship. He made a handful of short films as well as one feature film, “World and Time Enough.” These film screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Rotterdam, and Frameline, where his feature won best picture in 1994. “World and Time Enough” as well as another short, “This Car Up” are distributed by Strand Releasing.

As a producer, Mueller worked for Paisley Park Studios, Motion504, Splice, and Gasket Studios, where his clients included Target, Best Buy, Syfy, National Geographic, General Mills, and agencies Fallon, Olson, Mono, Carmichael Lynch, Colle McVoy, and Campbell Mithun. He also served for two years as the Director of Production for the Minnesota Film Board.

In addition to his photography work, Mueller also oversees two programs for IFP Minnesota, which provide funds for Minnesota artists: the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists and the IFP MN Screenwriting Residency.

He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.A. in Film Production Studies from the University of Iowa.

Mueller lives in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis with his husband and two high-maintenance cats.

I use photography as a way of making sense of the world and understanding myself. My work seeks to organize and categorize the physical world, dividing and grouping it into small enough pieces that I can begin to see, analyze, and comprehend it. Through the process of photographing the world, I get a better understanding of who I am.

My photography always has a rigid organizational structure as its framework, forcing me to work within specific confines. Sometimes that structure is time-based, meaning that I have to create a fixed number of photos within a certain amount of time. Other times that structure is related to groups of people or things that have something in common with each other, with the photographs illuminating the similarities between subjects.

Rather than finding this artificial structure limiting, it frees me to explore the world, by giving me boundaries upon which I can build understanding. Having an established process is paramount to my artistic practice, and although I allow myself room to explore, I never deviate from the framework of each project.

I am at a point where I’m just starting to understand my own artistic process, and what my potential as a photographer can be. Working with other photographers, curators, and mentors has helped me find my footing as an emerging photographer, and makes me want to learn even more as I deepen my artistic practice.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Black Box Gallery “Photo Shoot: 2017” (On-line Annex), Portland, OR, October 1 – 20 (Juror: Todd Johnson, photographer)
Artistry “41st Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibition,” Bloomington, MN, October 6 – November 17. (Curator: Carolyn Payne, Soo Visual Arts)
Mitrebox Framing Studio, Minneapolis, MN. Select pieces on display, November 1-30.

2017
Peterssen Keller Architecture, Minneapolis, MN, Select pieces on view through Fall 2017 (Curator: Tim Peterson, Platform)
Sixteen Mile Art Gallery, “Eyes of the World,” Milton, Ontario, June 2 – June 30 (Curator: Daniel Berman, gallery director)
SE Center for Photography, “Architectural Photography,” Greenville, SC, April 7 – April 29 (Juror: Tillman Crane, photographer)
SE Center for Photography, “Beyond the Selfie,” Greenville, SC, March 3 – March 31 (Juror: Miss Aniela, photographer)
Art Reach St. Croix, “Greater than its Parts”: Group Show featuring selections from “366 Things I Love,” Stillwater, MN, February 16 – March 25
Visual Arts Minnesota, “Essential Art 2017,” Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN, January 20 – March 5 (Juror: Tricia Heuring, Public Functionary)
Black Box Gallery “Black and White” (On-line Annex), Portland, OR, February 1 – 20 (Juror: Todd Johnson, photographer)
Mobile Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, Architecture and Design
Duluth Art Institute, “2016 Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition,” Duluth, MN, November 10, 2016 – February 9, 2017 (Juror: Dyani White Hawk, Visual Artist)

2016
Dave Bown Projects – 13th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York; and Kelly Kivland, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation) Honorable Mention.
Artistry “40th Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibition,” Bloomington, MN, October 21 – November 25.
Paramount Center for the Arts, “Minnesota Statewide Juried Art Competition,” St. Cloud, MN, September 30 – November 12
Altered Esthetics, “Monochromatic,” Minneapolis, MN, September 23 – October 16
Franklin Arts Center, “Transitions,” Brainerd, MN, September 9 – October 29
Wyoming Area Creative Arts, “In.” Wyoming, MN, September 1, – October 1
Minnesota State Fair, Fine Arts Competition, Minneapolis, MN, August 25 – September 5, First Prize
Sixteen Mile Art Gallery, “Decisive: New Currents in Street Photography,” Milton, Ontario August 16 – September 17
Stochastic Art, “World Photo Day,” Minneapolis, MN, August 6 – August 31
Instagram Weekend Hashtag Project “Over/Under,” Featured photo
La Grande Photo Awards, First Prize, Still Life
Devos Art Museum, “North of the 45th,” Marquette Michigan, June 3 – August 7
Minneapolis Photo Center, “The Ties that Bind,” Minneapolis, MN, April 8 – May 20
Black Box Gallery, “Light and Shadow” (On-line Annex), Portland, OR, April 1 – 20
Midwest Center for Photography, “Emerge 2016,” Wichita, KS, March 25 – April 8
Der Grief Online, Selections by Andy Adams of FlakPhoto, February
Plains Art Museum “Art of the Plains XII” Fargo, North Dakota, February 6 – May 21
Black Box Gallery “Black and White: 2016” (On-line Annex), Portland, OR, February 1 – 20
Mobile Photography Awards: 2 Honorable Mentions, Architecture & Design
Mobile Photography Awards: Honorable Mention, Silhouettes
Mobile Photography Awards: Honorable Mention, Transportation
IFP Minnesota, Member Photo Show, St. Paul, MN, January 22 – March 18
Sixteen Mile Arts Gallery, “4th Annual Mobile Photo Awards,” Milton, Ontario,  January 1 – February 28
Black Box Gallery “Landscape: Photography Now” (On-line Annex), Portland, OR, January 1 – 20

2015
Black Box Gallery “Luminous: Light and Space” Portland, OR, November 1-20
Artistry “39th Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibition,” Bloomington, MN, October 16 – November 27.  Juror’s Excellence Award.
Head on Photo Festival sidebar at the International Photo Festival Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, October 10-31
New York Center for Photographic Art, “Urban Landscapes” Juror’s Selection, Jadite Gallery, New York, September 15-30
Maple Grove Arts Center, “The Black and White Show” Maple Gove, MN, September 1-30
Minnesota State Fair, Fine Arts Competition, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 27 – September 5
Viridian Artists, 26th International Juried Exhibition, “Director’s Choice” Sidebar, New York, July 1-19
Devos Art Museum, “North of the 45th” Marquette, Michigan, June 5 – July 26
Minneapolis Photo Center, “Still Life: The Inanimate Subject” Minneapolis, MN, May 29 – July 5
Inclusion in book “Capture Minnesota IV” released May 15
Head On Photo FestivalMobile 2015 Finalist, Depot Gallery, Sydney, Australia, May 5 – June 6
Columbus Museum of Art, “MobilePhotoNow” Columbus, Ohio, Feb 6 – Mar 22
Mobile Photography Awards: First Place, Architecture & Design
Mobile Photography Awards: Honorable Mention, Street Photography
Capture Minnesota, Photo of the Day, 1/26/2015

2014
Minneapolis Photo Center, “Mobile Photo” Minneapolis, Minnesota
Instagramers Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Instagramers Gallery, Miami, Florida

2013
Explore Minnesota, “More Fall Colors”

I teach mobile photography classes at a few different places around Minnesota. Instead of using a lot of technical language, I focus on the creative side of photography. My classes concentrate on the basics of photography, including composition and light, as well as a strong emphasis on editing (right on your phone, using various apps.) Whether you’re an aspiring artist, or you just want to take better photos of your everyday life, these beginning-level classes are a fun way to become a better photographer.

FilmNorth (formerly IFP Minnesota): Creative iPhone Photography, Four Thursday Evenings, October 19 – November 9

Minnetonka Center for the Arts: Creative iPhone Photography, Eight Monday Afternoons, October 30 – December 18

INTERVIEWS, PRESS APPEARANCES, AND WRITING
St. Paul Monitor, “Family Resemblance Project”
Rangefinder, “Finding the Family Resemblance”
Star Tribune
, “They are Family: Minneapolis Photographer Captures Local Lookalikes”
TPT, Creative Juice Break, “Phone Photography”
Minnesota Original
, Episode 801: Eric Mueller, Andrea Jenkins, and Prof
WCCO Radio
, “News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar: State of the Cities”
MinnPost, “Inspiring, demystifying ‘MN Original’ to begin 8th season”
Citinerary
, “Enjoying Winter in Minneapolis”
iPhone Photography School, “How Eric Mueller Takes Incredible Photos with his iPhone”
Passion Passport, “City Perspectives: Minneapolis” Part 1
Passion Passport, “City Perspectives: Minneapolis” Part 2
Huffington Post, “Oak Openings”
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, “EmptyMIA”
StarTribune, “InstaMeet at Arch of Hope”
KARE11, “Instagram Photos Bring Minnesotans Together”