Mary Ann Strandell

Unsuitable Princess

Mary Ann Strandell is an artist working in New York City. She has exhibited in national and international venues. Private galleries include Michael Steinberg Fine Art; Byron C. Cohen Gallery; Deborah Colton Gallery and others. Her work has been included in museums and art spaces such as The St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum; The Nerman Museum; The Albuquerque Museum; and The Bemis Center For Contemporary Art, among many others. In Fall 2014 her solo exhibition opens at Heskin Contemporary in New York.

Her 2006 solo exhibition, “Movable Terrain” at Michael Steinberg Fine Art was reviewed in The New Yorker magazine and The Village Voice. “Floating Bridge”, Mary Ann’s solo exhibition at Wells College, Aurora, NY was curated by art historian William Gannis. Shannon Fitzgerald, current director of the Rochester Art Center, curated “Indexes of Mediated Space” a one-person exhibition at Joy Reed Belt Gallery, Oklahoma City. That show was reviewed by Sarah Jesse on her blog It Might Be Good and in Review Magazine by Heather Read. Her exhibitions have also been reviewed in Art Papers magazine, Art Critical, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Strandell has received numerous awards and grants including Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship Award, South Dakota Humanities Council grant, and National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship Award. Residencies have included Art Omi International and a Fellowship Award at Tamarind Institute. Strandell studied psychology at Syracuse University and received her BFA from the University of South Dakota. Her MA and MFA are both from the University of New Mexico. Her work is included in many prominent collections, notably the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Fidelity Investments London, and The Nerman Museum among many others. She is married to the sculptor Michael Rees.

From the artist

“I’m interested in the multi-valence of contemporary art issues and history experienced as art forms and objects in the context of culture. From a myriad of histories, languages, and media I interweave and unravel possible interpretive states. My studio practice is a hybrid that combines painting, drawing, digital media, photography, large-scale Sumi ink drawings, as well as, hyperbolic 3D lenticular prints, and experiments in animation. ”

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