Mary Ellen Strom’s works unearth submerged narratives in the environment, history, and in cultural discourse. Working primarily in video, Strom uses the language(s) of drawing, painting, sculpture, and dance. These media are used to generate an embodied understanding of place by utilizing movement, signs, and metaphors.
Strom’s work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts including museums, galleries, passenger trains, large-scale video projections onto industrial sites and mountain rock faces, in empty retail stores, and horse arenas. She has received recent awards including a 2012 International Fulbright Scholar Fellowship, a Bogliasco Fellowship to the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship Prize, Art Matters, and Creative Capital, among others. Strom’s individual installations and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the ICA Philadelphia, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Pompidou-Metz, Paris, France, The Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, Espacio Cultural Contemperaneo, Montevideo, Uruguay, the Currier Museum, Manchester, NH among others. Strom has participated in residencies including PS1/MoMA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The International Studio and Curatorial Program, The Headlands Center for the Arts, and Bellagio Center Lake Como, Italy funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Teaching is a core element to Strom’s artistic practice. She is honored to be on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and to be the Director of their Museum of Fine Arts Program.