about ramey

Ramey Newell is an award-winning filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, photographer, and graphic designer who splits her time between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon. 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 clients include the National Park Service, Pew Charitable Trust, Western Conservation Foundation, Sustainable Harvest International, Amargosa Conservancy, and 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. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently completing an MFA in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Ramey was also a 2016 Flaherty Seminar Fellow.

Although she grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Ramey spent almost ten years in the American Southwest deserts and the Rocky Mountain foothills before moving back to the left coast in 2017. When she’s not making art, she enjoys hiking in the high country, rock climbing, playing tennis, gardening, or 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

Recent + Upcoming Screenings and Exhibitions


  • Upcoming: Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Nevada City, California (USA): Wolf Call


  • Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, “Framing Nature” (group exhibition) – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada): Insecta
  • Antimatter [Media Art] – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada): Insecta
  • DocuWest Documentary Film Festival – Denver, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • The Polygon Gallery, The Lind Prize (group exhibition) – North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura
  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival – Hawick (Scotland, UK): Insecta
  • Mountainfilm – Telluride, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • Mountainfilm Tour: Wolf Call
    • Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado (USA)
    • Marina Park Amphitheater, Watercolor, Florida (USA)
  • 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 Michingan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
    • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (USA)
    • Richey Suncoast Theatre, Port Richey, FL (USA)
  • Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Borders (group exhibition) – Llanbedrog (Wales, UK): Insecta
  • Counterpath Gallery, An Evening with Christian Bök (curated program) – Denver, Colorado (USA): Insecta
  • PIX FILM Gallery, Scaling the Insect (curated program) – Toronto, Ontario (Canada): Insecta
  • Top Dog Film Festival – Australia (nationwide tour): Wolf Call
  • The Bakery, Material Universe (curated program) – Atlanta , Georgia (USA): Insecta
  • AHVA Gallery at UBC, Some Kind of Darkness (group exhibition) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura


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


  • 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


  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
    • Master of Fine Arts (in progress) • 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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