about ramey

Ramey Newell is an award-winning filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, photographer, and graphic designer who splits her time between British Columbia, New Mexico, and Colorado. Her moving image work has been screened at film festivals and in galleries, museums and other art spaces throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Alchemy Moving Image Festival in Scotland, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, and Antimatter [Media Art] in Victoria, Canada. Ramey’s experimental and documentary films have also earned accolades such as the Jury’s Stellar Award (Grand Prize) at Black Maria Film Festival (2018) and Best Director at Mirror Mountain Film Festival (2017). Her editorial photography has been published in regional, national, and international magazines including Backpacker and New Mexico Magazine, and her fine art photography has been exhibited at venues such as The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver. Her graphic design company, Rangefinder Studios, has completed projects for the National Park Service, Pew Charitable Trust, Western Conservation Foundation, Sustainable Harvest International, Amargosa Conservancy, and numerous other environmentally focused organizations.

Ramey earned a BFA in Photography from New Mexico State University, where her thesis project was granted the President’s Award for Excellence. She later earned a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Practices and a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia. Ramey was also a 2016 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, and a 2019 IWFF Filmmaker Fellow.

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Ramey gained an early appreciation for open spaces, forests, and mountains that has persisted throughout her adult life and permeates much of her creative work. When she’s not making art, she enjoys hiking in deserts and high country, rock climbing, playing tennis, gardening, and traveling with her partner and two spotty dogs.

If you’d like more information on licensing, screening, exhibition, or hiring Ramey for assignment work, please don’t hesitate to send an email.

Artist's CV Summary

Recent + Upcoming Screenings and Exhibitions

2019

  • Cineworks, Uncertainty Principles (2-person screening with Erin Espelie) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery (solo exhibition) – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Eugene Environmental Film Festival – Eugene, Oregon (USA): Wolf Call
  • Imagine Science Films/Labocine, A Modern Bestiary (curated program) – Labocine.com (online): Insecta
  • Mountainfilm on Tour: Wolf Call
    • Our Lady of the Snows Center, Alta, Utah (USA)
    • Rialto Theater, Loveland, Colorado (USA)
  • Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA): Wolf Call
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Nevada City, California (USA): Wolf Call

2018

  • Access Gallery, Workhorse, Show Pony (auction) – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival – Hawick (Scotland, UK): Insecta
  • Antimatter [Media Art] / Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, Framing Nature (group exhibition) – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada): Insecta
  • Black Maria Film Festival Premiere – Hoboken Historical Museum, New Jersey (USA): InsectaJury’s Stellar Award
  • Black Maria Film Festival Tour: Insecta
    • National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (USA)
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
    • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (USA)
    • Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Township, NJ (USA)
    • Richey Suncoast Theatre, Port Richey, FL (USA)
    • Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Meyers, FL (USA)
  • Counterpath Gallery, An Evening with Christian Bök and Sommer Browning (curated program) – Denver, Colorado (USA): Insecta
  • DocuWest Documentary Film Festival – Denver, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Shores (group exhibition) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Mountainfilm – Telluride, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • Mountainfilm on Tour: Wolf Call
    • Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado (USA)
    • Marina Park Amphitheater, Watercolor, Florida (USA)
  • PIX FILM Gallery, Scaling the Insect (curated program) – Toronto, Ontario (Canada): Insecta
  • Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Borders (group exhibition) – Llanbedrog (Wales, UK): Insecta
  • Polygon Gallery, The Lind Prize (group exhibition) – North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura
  • The Bakery, Material Universe (curated program) – Atlanta , Georgia (USA): Insecta
  • Top Dog Film Festival – Australia (nationwide tour): Wolf Call
  • UBC Audain Art Centre Gallery, Some Kind of Darkness (group exhibition) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura

2017

  • Mirror Mountain Film Festival – Ottawa, Ontario (Canada): InsectaBest Director
  • SCINEMA International Science Film Festival – Australia (nationwide tour): Insecta
  • SF International Festival of Short Films – San Francisco, California (USA): Insecta

SELECT AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES + FELLOWSHIPS

  • Independent Imaging “Film Farm” – Mount Forest, Ontario (Canada), 2019
  • IWFF Filmmaker Fellowship – Missoula, Montana (USA), 2019
  • Jury’s Stellar Award (Insecta at Black Maria Film Festival) – Hoboken, New Jersey (USA), 2018
  • B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship (UBC) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), 2018
  • Honorable Mention: Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize (Polygon Gallery) – North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), 2018
  • Best Director (Insecta at Mirror Mountain Film Festival) – Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), 2017
  • PROP Foundation Artist Grant – Missoula, Montana (USA), 2016
  • Flaherty Seminar Fellowship – Hamilton, New York (USA), 2016
  • Society for Photographic Education Award – Southwest US Region (USA), 2014
  • President’s Award for Artistic Excellence (NMSU Juried Student Show) – Las Cruces, New Mexico (USA), 2014
  • James Alan Cox Scholarship for Photography – Austin, Texas (USA), 2011
  • Cary Herz Scholarship for Photography – New Mexico (USA), 2011

PRESS

On-Screen from Labocine: “Insecta,” from the March 2019 issue, “A Modern Bestiary”Allison Palenske, Sci-Art Magazine (New York, USA), April 2019

EDUCATION

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
    • Master of Fine Arts • Visual Art
    • B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
    • Graduate Certificate • Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices
    • Certificate in College Teaching • Graduate Teaching Program
    • Full tuition waiver and merit grant
  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (High Honors) • Photography • Journalism/Mass Comm. (minor)
    • Received 8 merit-based scholarships

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