McElwee Premieres Video Pieces | Webster University

McElwee Premieres Video Pieces

Renowned Video Artist/Professor Premieres New Work as Guest Lecturer 

Van McElwee, renowned video artist and professor of Electronic and Photographic Media in the School of Communications at Webster University, will present a selection of new work as part of the Webster University Art Department Friday lecture series. McElwee has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer, and he will be featured on Friday, January 18 at noon, in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

At that time, McElwee will premiere two video pieces, Travel Dream and Dream Travel.

“Mirroring the flux of dreams and memories, travel footage from a period of intense image gathering (roughly the 1990s) is woven into a grainy, hypnotic tapestry; video into dream, dream into video.”

Dream Travel

Van McElwee's body of video work includes over sixty single channel pieces, installations and web projects. Grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Independent Production Fund (seven-time recipient), and a travel grant from the Government of India.

McElwee's work has been exhibited extensively worldwide. It is represented by Heure Exquise! International Centre for Video Arts in France, LUX International Arts Agency in the UK, the Inter Media Art Institute in Germany, Trabant Gallery in Austria, the Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Film, and Literature in New York, and Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis. McElwee is a professor of Electronic and Photographic Media in the School of Communications at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University's campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.