Selected Exhibitions:


Reading in Color, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NY (solo)

What is an Edition Anyway?, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Parrish Perspectives, Recent Acquisitions in Context, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY

Recess, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA


Interventions, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Spirit of Place, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY

Picture: Books, Greensboro Project Space, Greensboro, NC


La Mère, La Mer, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Mary Ellen Bartley: Reading Grey Gardens, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY (solo)

Library Copies, Studio 5, The Queens Museum, New York (solo installation)

Deception, Filter Space, Chicago, Illinois

Art of the Book, Seager/ Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

Spring Installation, The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY

View Find 6, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia


Ordinary Pictures, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Lux: The Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York 

Mary Ellen Bartley: Looking Between the Covers, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (solo)

Mary Ellen Bartley: Still Books, Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna, Austria (solo)

The Tactile Eye, Project Space, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (solo) 

The Lives of Books, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, Florida

Water/ Bodies, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY, curator: Eric Fischl

A Field Guide to Nowhere, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

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



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

Winter Salon, The Drawing Room Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Off Print Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Cielo Perro Lobo, National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Burning with Desire, Curious Duke Gallery, London, UK

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: 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

Exposure 2012, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, curator: 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, 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


Residencies and Honors:

The Pollock Krasner House and Study Center, Visiting Artist, Winter 2018, Springs, NY

Queens Museum, Reanimation Library, Visiting Artist, January-April 2017, Queens, NY

Visual Studies Workshop, Project Room Artist in Residence, April 2016, Rochester, NY

Watermill Center, Artist in Residence, February 2015, Watermill, NY

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


Guild Hall Art Museum, East Hampton, NY
McEvoy Family Collection, San Francisco, CA
Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY
The Watermill Collection, Watermill, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Ordinary Pictures, exhibition catalogue, Walker Art Center, 2016

Fotograf, #29 contemplation, "Mary Ellen Bartley, Between the Spiritual and the Abstract" by Pavel Banka, volume 16, 2017, Prague, CZ

The Tactile Eyeby Mary Ellen Bartley, twelve page insert in AfterimageThe Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Volume 44 Nos 1&2, Summer 2016

Reading Robert Wilson, handbound artist book, 2015

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

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

Unless You Will, Standing Open, Issue 17

Fraction Magazine, Artists and Models, Issue 36



The East Hampton Star, "The Spirit of Grey Gardens Captured in East Hampton" Jennifer Landes, 9/21/17

Huffington Post, "Books of Grey Gardens," Erica-Lynn Huberty, 8/11/17

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