MARY SMULL                                                                                                            1112 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125                                                                                                                                                                    267/237- 4805



2013        Making it Work, University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writer’s House, Philadelphia, PA

2012        Manual Autonomy, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

                  Working Hard or Hardly Working, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

                  Reclaiming Unfinished Needlepoint, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2010        Finished Works, Lancaster Public Library, Lancaster, PA

2009        Finished Works, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA



               2014        Writing Lessons, Butter Projects, Detroit, MI

                                 Listening In:  Philly Artists Speak, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

                                 Fail-Safe:  Discomforts at Home, Hap Gallery, Portland, OR and Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2013        B-Sides (part of CITYWIDE), Rebekah Templeton, Philadelphia, PA

                  Workaoke:  A Karoke Opera (in collaboration with Dave Kyu), 15 Minutes of Shame, Gold Standard, Pittsburgh, PA

                  Benefit show for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                  Needled, HandMade in America, Ashville, NC

                  Twenty-First Century Heirlooms, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2012        Unessential Night, Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN

                  SPUN Kiosk at Craft Spoken Here, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA

                  Division of Labor, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011        No Object is an Island:  New Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

                  Manifest Destiny/The Gold Rush:  A California Hotel, Museum of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

                  Beyond Useful & Beautiful:  Rethinking Domestic Craft, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

                  An Irresistible Impulse, Butter Projects, Royal Oak, MI

                  Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

                  Work, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

                  Interlace:  Weaving Community, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

                               Omission Breath, Tompkins Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2010        Inside/Out: Exploring the Garment, Philadelphia Sewing Collective/Philly Swap, URBN Design, Philadelphia, PA

                  Inside Twelve, 175 Gallery, Korea National University of the Arts, Seoul, South Korea

                  Benefit show for Ready to Work, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                                 More Than Fiber, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

                2009        Heaven on Earth, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

                  Loose Canon:  Cranbrook Academy of Art 2009 MFA Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI                      



John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

               2013 Knight Arts Challenge Grant (CITYWIDE collaboration)

City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy/ Springboard for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2012 Community Supported Art Programming Grant (Grizzly Grizzly in collaboration with Tiger Strikes Asteroid)

Brandford/Elliott Award

               2012 Nominee

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2009 Finalist, Daimler Emerging Artist Award

2009 Purchase Prize Nominee

                2008 Association for Contract Textiles Merit Scholarship

                2007 Helen DeRoy Merit Scholarship



Fallon, Roberta and Rosof, Libby. “Mary Smull podcast on artblog radio – On truth, hard work, and the guilt of the unfinished project.”, July 8, 2013

Helton-Gallagher, Chloe. “Division of Labor:  Exhibition celebrates the allure of the arduous.” Baltimore City Paper, March 28, 2012

Crimmins, Peter.  “Philadelphia fiber arts festival covers needlepoint to hammocks.” Radio interview, WHYY, text available at, March 2, 2012

No Object Is an Island: Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection, exhibition catalogue (Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook, 2011)

Sorkin, Jenni.  “Making Our Selves At Home.”  American Craft, 71, no. 6 (December/January 2012):  34-35

Stockton-Moore, Cindy.  “Mary Smull:  Saving Stitches:  The Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint.”, 27 (Summer 2011)

Zilber, Emily.  “Mary Smull:  Selective Memory.”  Fiberarts, 36, no. 5 (April/May 2010):  24-25



Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2014

The Maryland Institute College of Art, 2010 – 2013                         

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2002 – 2012

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, 2008



Grizzly Grizzly, collective member, Philadelphia, PA, 2010 – present

CITYWIDE:  A Collective Exhibition, committee member, Philadelphia, PA, 2013 - present

Grizzly Grizzly/Tiger Strikes Asteroid Community Supported Art Program, committee member, Philadelphia, PA, 2012 – present

White Box Theatre, Arts Advisory Board Member, 2012



2009        Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, MFA

1995        The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, BFA