Born: Bronx, NY

Resides: Wainscott, NY

Selected Exhibitions:


Fotobookfestival Kassel, Book Dummy Awards 2015, Shortlisted Books Exhibition, Kassel, Germany
the exhibition travels to: Fotoleggendo, Rome, IED, Madrid, PhotoIreland, Dublin, Kaunas Photo, Kaunas, Fotobok Festival, Oslo, Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Book Fair, Goteborg and Fotoistanbul, Istanbul.

Mary Ellen Bartley: Reading Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY (solo)


Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY (solo)

Mary Ellen Bartley, Paperbacks, Yancey Richardson, New York, NY (solo)

The Thing Itself, Yancey Richardson, New York, NY

Well Read: Visual Explorations of the Book, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

John Alexander, Antonio Asis, Jennifer Bartlett, Mary Ellen Bartley, Chuck Holtzman, Mel Kendrik, Dan Rizzie, and Alan Shields, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY

Book Ends, Cara Barer and Mary Ellen Bartley, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Paris Photo 2014, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Paris, France

White Columns Benefit Exhibition 2014, New York, NY

How One Thing Leads to Another, Critical Mass 2013, curated by Jessica Johnston, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco,CA, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas.

The Armory Show 2014, Pier 94, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY



Paris Photo 2013, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Paris, France

Gallery Artists: Aycock, Antonakos, Bartley, Heatley, Nivola, Ross, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY

The Optical, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland , OR, curator: Allan Chasanoff

Blue Books, photographs by Mary Ellen Bartley, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, MA (solo)

A Whiter Shade of Pale, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Geografica, Fototropia Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Color and  Light, Critical Mass 2012, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, curator: W. M. Hunt

New Work, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY

Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition 2013, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX juror: Sarah Kennel

Spaces,The International Photography Awards + MOPLA, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful My Desire, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA curator: Anne Jastrab



Mary Ellen Bartley, Photographs, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY (solo)

Mary Ellen Bartley, Standing Open, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY (solo)

Out of Print, Bakersfield Art Museum, Bakersfield, CA

Anthology, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach. FL

Equivalents, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA, curator: W.M. Hunt

Griffin Museum’s 18th Juried Show, Winchester, MA, juror: Paul Kopeikin

Exposure 2012, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, juror: Alison Nordstrom

Group Therapy, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY

Lust, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Summer Solstice, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Contents, Critical Mass 2011, PCNW, Seattle, WA,  Newspace, Portland, OR, and Rayko Gallery,San Francisco, CA, curator: Darius Himes

Portfolio, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Mary Ellen Bartley, Books, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

Artists Choose Artists, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, chosen by Ross Bleckner

Houston Center for Photography, Annual Juried Show, Houston, TX, juror: Ariel Shanberg

Memento, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

Portfolio 2, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA



Reader's Delight, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY

Excentrica, Longhouse benefit exhibit and auction, East Hampton, NY



It's Still Life,Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Photo-Op, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA 2009, juror: Jen Bekman

Invitational, Islip Museum, Islip, NY

Mood Swings, Solar Gallery, East Hampton, NY



BFA, Purchase College, SUNY


Awards and Honors:

Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest Biennial 2016, Houston, TX

Fotobook Festival Kassel, 2015 Book Dummy Award, Reading Robert Wilson shortlisted.

Photolucida Critical Mass 2013 Top 50 Photographers

Photolucida Critical Mass 2012 Top 50 Photographers

Photolucida Critical Mass 2011 Top 50 Photographers

A First Place Lucie International Photo Award for Artists and Models series, 2012

Top Honors, 74th Guild Hall Museum Members Exhibition, juror: Lilly Wei 

Portfolio Showcase 5, Center for Fine Art Photography, juror: Chris Pilcher

HCP, Annual Juried Show, Juror Commendation, juror: Ariel Shanberg



Mary Ellen Bartley: Leaning Above the Page, exhibition catalog, Interview by Ross Bleckner, Guild Hall Museum, 2014

20 Now: Contemporary Photographers, Nagasaki Shaw and Summer Hung, 2012

Unless You Will, Issue 17

Fraction Magazine, Issue 36



The Sag Harbor Express, "Mary Ellen Bartley Leans Above the Page at Guild Hall", Annette Hinkle 10/28/14

The East Hampton Star, "Bartley's Books in NYC", Jennifer Landes, 10/2/14

The East Hampton Star, “ A Thousand Words are Worth a Picture”, Jennifer Landes, 7/26/12

The New York Times, “Artists Choose Artists”, Martha Schwedener, 9/23/11

The Huffington Post “Artists Choose Artists at the Parrish Art Museum”, Liz Markus, 8/31/11

The New York Times, Art in Review, “Readers Delight”, Roberta Smith, 7/23/10

Video studio visit from Parrish Art Museum





©2012 Mary Ellen Bartley