Janelle VanderKelen is an artist, curator, and educator based in Knoxville, TN. Her films and intermedia installations imagine alternative acts of relation between imperfect bodies (human, vegetal, geological, or otherwise) and make visible the agency of plants through experimental time-based media processes. She received her MA in Intermedia Art and her MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres fm the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
VanderKelen’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO; Anthology Film Archives in New York, NY; and Bow Arts in London, England. Her films have screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, IC DOCS, San Diego Underground Film Festival, and Antimatter [Media Art] Film Festival.
Recent honors include juried awards at the 2023 Ann Arbor Film Festival + 2023 Thomas Edison Film Festival and Nohl + MacDowell Fellowships.
As part of her creative practice, Janelle also co-curates a screening series called aCinema with Taka Suzuki.
At UT, Janelle coordinates the Time-Based Foundations Curriculum for the School of Art and teaches within Cinema Studies, Video Art, and Foundations.
MA in Intermedia Art and her MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee