Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Childs
Composer and Multimedia Artist
Minneapolis, MN
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Friends of USA.

Mary Ellen Childs composes concert work, often with a strong visual element, for a variety of instrumental ensembles, including solo accordion, string quartets, and chamber groups. The creator of many multi-media works, Childs is best known for her “visual percussion” pieces for her percussion group CRASH, in which she incorporates the movements of the bodies of the performers. Childs has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Kitchen, and the Walker Art Center, among others.

Portrait photo courtesy artist.
  • Artwork by Mary Ellen Childs
    DrumRoll, performed by CRASH; photo credit V. Paul Virtucio
Artwork by Mary Ellen Childs