Mary Ellen Strom gives Commencement Speech

April 22, 2016, Mary Ellen Strom gives commencement speech to the
graduating Master of Fine Arts students at SACI College of Art &
Design, Florence, Italy


Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There
Curated by: Mary Ellen Strom and Duan Shaofeng

Yuan Art Museum
112 Lizexiyuan North Guangshun Street,
Wangjing Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100102
Opening Reception: January 12, 2016
Exhibition dates: January 12-February 29, 2016

The exhibition Neither Here Nor There featured artwork produced in the context of two experimental art schools by a group of twenty young, international artists. The schools are Central Fine Arts Academy, Beijing (China) and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (U.S.).

The art school provides a unique location to examine what it means to be a part of a global community of seven billion. The art school community provides a location to examine the personal, while learning about the “other”. Inherent in learning and working in an international art school community in the early 21st century is a deep experience of cultural exchange, which produces new knowledge and logics and potentially understanding and love.


Stand by Snow Longhouse Projects, 2013

Longhouse Projects
285 Spring St., New York, NY 10013

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6–8 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7 – December 20, 2013
Contact Longhouse Projects at or call 646-590-1982


Medici Society, Artist’s Lecture, 2013

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

October 1, 2013, 7pm


Advanced Digital Installation Course, Fall 2013

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Exhibition Fourthwall Project 132 Brookline Ave Boston MA 02115
Opening Reception: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday 12-7pm


Montana Residency Project, 2013

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Faculty: Bently Spang and Mary Ellen Strom
July 29–August 11, 2013

The Montana: The American West course will examine art production that considers place as central to its meaning in the context of the American West. We will survey currents in art production that challenges the humanist divisions of society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological. Participants will be charged with creating a community (however temporary or utopian this may be) that examines and envisions art production that has the potential to demonstrate “learning to inhabit the world in a better way” and in which the “human” is but one life form among many.

Topics include: cultural geography, Native American Studies, anthropocentrism, the construction of nature through language, landscape and cultural identity. The course will consider these debates in the arts, sciences and the humanities through readings, discussions and hands-on experience.

Syllabus click here


Fulbright Fellowship, 2012-13

San Luis Rio Colorado and La Cieniga de Santa Clara

“The Fact of Presence” is a research-based artwork that engages with participants from both Mexico and the U.S. in a transnational effort to recover environmental histories and contemporary ecological narratives that matter to both nations. The project is being produced in collaboration with environmental workers and scientists from the borderland area. Working with participants from this transnational location, the artistic process concentrates on participatory and shared creativity to produce this new work. Using democratic processes, a performance and video installation will be generated that will present an embodied understanding of the region using stories, movement, visual signs and metaphors. This project is based on the premise that the imagination can serve as a generative site in which individual participants with similarities and differences can respond to the environmental and cultural forces of the region and set the groundwork for collective mobilization.

Sponsoring organization: Pronatura Noroeste 


Bogliasco Fellowship, 2013

Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, Bogliasco, Italy


Forms in Flux, 2013

Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan. Curator Satoko Inokuchi

Opening Reception, Friday, January 12, 2013
January 12 – May 6, 2013


The Setouchi Triennial

Megijimi, Seto Inland Sea

Opening Reception, July 20th, 2013
July 20 – September 1, 2013