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1979 M.A., San Diego State University, CA - Printmaking
1977 B.A., San Diego State University, CA - Painting, printmaking
1973 Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre, Florence, Italy
1952-55 U. California, Santa Barbara - Education, English


2007 FOREST WALK, Susan Heisel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE: MAPPING A FRIENDSHIP....Collaborative Installation with poet Grace Cavalieri & Kathryn Moller, Prof. of Theater, Artposium, Colorado Art Ranch, Durango, CO

2006-07 SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, documentary film by Durango Community Access TV

2006 MISSIONARY MUSE, The Art Library, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (with Chet Anderson, photographer)

2005 ARTISTS' BOOKS OF SIGNIFICANT SCALE, Cal Poly Pomona, CA (installation)

2003 EVOLUTION OF THE BOOK, Durango Arts Center (with Laurie Dickson , author of Artists' Interiors...)

2002 JOURNEYING INTO DIFFERENCE, Ellis Crane Gallery, Durango, CO
FROM THE FOREST LIBRARY, Monthly Featured Artist, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
FOREST WALK, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, CO

2001 DETRITUS, Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego (commission/exhibit)

1999 TRAVEL VISIONS, The Art Library, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

1997 RECENT WORK, The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA

1996 BIBLIOTHECA: TERRA, Artworks/Bookarts, Santa Monica, CA
VESTIGE, SYMBOL, VERSE, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

1995 CONSTRUCTIONS, The Art Room, Durango, CO (with Intaglio prints by Ron Fundingsland)

1994 ECHOES IN TIME, Kruglak Gallery, MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA

1993 ON RETURNING, The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA

1992 ECHOES IN TIME, (A COVisions Project Grant), Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO

1989 William Carlos Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ

1987-88 Dominican College, Santa Sabina Center, San Rafael CA (Site Work)

1987 Windows on White, New York, NY (Installation)
LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, CO
Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO (Installation)

1986 Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

1985 Soho 20, New York, NY

1983-84 Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

1983 Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1980 Spectrum Gallery, San Diego, CA

1979 Masters Exhibition, San Diego State University, CA
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA


1998 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, David Nash, Master Artist

2004-07 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE,The Highlands at Edgemont, Durango, CO

1997 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Colorado State University, Pingree Park, CO
MEMORIAL, Valley Inn Nursing Home, Mancos, CO

1996 ASPEN GUARD STATION PROJECT, Artist-In-Residence Program, San Juan National Forest, Mancos, CO

1995 REFLECT, RECLAIM, RETHINK - AN ENVIRONMENT FOR CONTEMPLATION, Aspen Commercial Core, Public Sculpture Commission, Aspen, CO;
REVISION SERIES, Santa Sabina Center, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA

1994 STONE QUARRY HILL ART PARK, Cazenovia, NY (environmental installation)

1993 THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT, Cataraqui Conservation Authority, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (environmental installation)
CONNEMARA CONSERVANCY, Artists Sculpture Grants Exhibit, Dallas, TX

1987-88 PAPER PRAYER PATHWAY/PAPER PRAYER FLAGS, Santa Sabina Center, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA


2007 BLACK, WHITE AND READ, Center for Book Arts, NYC; San Francisco Center for the Book; Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA (Curated by Gloria Helfgott), Minneapolis Center for the Book, University of Western England-Bristol, England

2006 HOLD IT, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO (invitational)
FORMS, FIGURES, SYMBOLS, Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO (juror: Gerry Riggs)
RECYCLED, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (installations, invitational)
SAN DIEGO BOOK ARTS JURIED SHOW, UC San Diego, Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA
WHITE LEAVES/BLACK SHADOWS, Book & Paper Art, Zipp Gallery, Santa Fe (Glorieta), NM (invitational)
FRIENDS OF THE ART LIBRARY, Group Show, The Art Library, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
SCULPTURAL BOOKWORKS, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO, (Curator: Alicia Bailey)
A READER'S ART 6, "Changing the Wind", Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
SPIRAL BOUND, "A Spiritual Journey of Aging", Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA (invitational)
THE ELEMENTS: CREATIVE ENERGY, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

ARTIST BOOKS ON A JAPANESE THEME, San Diego Book Arts Member Show, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA
30 YEARS OF INNOVATION, SURVEY... Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (curator: Jae J. Rossman)
FOUR CORNERS COMMISSION, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (Best in Show Award)

2004 JURIED SHOW, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (juried by Charles Parson, Denver, CO)
DURANGO INVITATIONAL - COLLABORATIONS, (with metalsmith Pam Pnaik), Ellis Crane Gallery, Durango, CO
MATTER AND SPIRIT EXHIBIT, Wells College Book Arts Center, Aurora, NY
FINE CRAFTS 2003: FOUR VIRTUES, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO

2003 ALCHEMY OF FIRE, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (installation)
SAN DIEGO BOOK ARTS, San Diego State University Library & Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA
UNDER COVER: BOOK ARTS, St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis, MO (curator, MJ Goerke)
BEYOND READING, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA (invitational)
THE BOX AS CONTAINER, Angels Gate Cultural Center,San Pedro, CA (curator, Jean Clad)
WASHI IN AMERICAN ARTIST'S BOOKS, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (curator, Rory Golden)
JURIED SHOW, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (curated by Doug & Susan Casebeer, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO)

2003-2004 BRIGHT HILL PRESS 1st-2nd NATIONAL BOOK ARTS JURIED EXHIBITION, Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY (catalog)

2002 SOLACE, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
TOLERANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS, Collins Gallery, Central Library, Portland, OR
EAT YOUR WORDS: 3rd Annual Edible Book Tea, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
BOOK EXPLORATIONS, The New Art Forum, Kingston, MA

2002, 2004 ARTIST MEMBERS EXHIBIT, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

2001 VISUAL ICONS, Furlong Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI (curator, Jean Clad)
TRANSACTIONS: ARTISTS' BOOKS, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland
BY NATURE'S DESIGN, William D. Cannor Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA (catalog)
NOT FOR PUBLICATION: In the Spirit of the Book, Hillwood Museum, Long Island University, Brookville, New York
CELEBRATION, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York (catalog)
THE DREAM MILL, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

2000 WORD PICTURES/PICTURE WORDS, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio
BOUND & UNBOUND, Books by Artists, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

1999 P.S. 26 SCHOOL YARD SCULPTURE SHOW, Plummer School, Fort Collins, CO (Installation)
SECOND SHOW, The Land/An Art Site, Mountainair, NM (catalog)
PUSHING PAPER, The Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington, NY (Installation)
BEFORE/NOW, Artworks/Bookarts, Santa Monica, CA,
OPEN AND CLOSED, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
MAKING BOOKS, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, 6th Book Arts Fair, The Cocoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Juror's Choice)

1998 TEXTILES, FIBERS, THREADS: THE BOOK SHOW, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (catalog)
BOOKATECTURE, Astral Design Gallery, Richmond, VA, (curated by Carol Barton)

1997-98 BOOK AS ART, Literary Sojourn, E. Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

1997 THE ARTIST BOOK, Fine Arts Center in Taos, New Mexico
THE UNCOMMON BOOK, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Idaho
RETROSPECTIVE 25, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO
COPTIC AND COLLAGE, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (catalog)

1996 ARTISTS' BOOKS, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
POETS AND PAINTERS, The Cultural Center, Charleston, WV; West Virginia State College, Institute, WV
WELL WORN TEXT, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
GRIM AND GRIMMER, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (catalog)
ENDANGERED, The 4th Oregon Book Biennial, Forest Grove, OR and Bumbershoot Book Fair, Seattle, WA (catalog)
SCIENCE IMAGINED, Berkeley Art Center Association, Berkeley, CA
LIGHT LET LOOSE, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL
BOOK AS ART, Literary Sojourn, E. Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

1995 THIS DAY IN HISTORY, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (catalog)

1994 REDEFINING THE BOOK, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (invitational)
THE BOOK AS ART, Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM ( installation in Capital Rotunda)
TABLE OF CONTENTS, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY


1991 Creative Fellowship in the Visual Arts (installation) & COVisions, Colorado Council on the Arts

1981-84 Artist-in-Residence, State of Colorado

1971 Artist-in-Residence, San Diego City School


2000 Juror, Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

1997-Present Curator of Exhibits, Art Library, Durango Arts Center

Poetry and Motion, The Cultural Center, Capital Complex, Charleston, WV (slides accompanying Grace Cavalieri's reading "Pinecrest Rest Haven")

1994-95 Curator: The Book Unbound, National Traveling Book Show

1987-88 Director of Workshops and Programs, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

1986-88 Panel, Organization Grants, State of Colorado; Panel, Art in Public Places, State of Colorado

1980 Juror, San Diego County Exposition, Del Mar, CA

1979 Animated film for La Jolla Civic University Symphony production of Ravel opera, University of California, San Diego

1965-Present Private teaching, young people's art teacher, adult and college educator


Ctr. for Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
City of NY for Art
Minnesota for Art
Dieu Donne', NYC


Durango Arts Center, CO
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Center for Book Arts, NY, NY
Centre du Livre d'Artiste Contemporain, Verderonne, France


MARY ELLEN LONG, INTERVENING SUBTLY WITH NATURE, Jules Masterjohn, Durango Magazine, Durango, CO
LITTLE LINE,International Children's Digital Library,
A VISIT WITH MISSIONARY MUSE, Jules Masterjohn, Arting Around, Durango Telegraph, Durango, CO
NEW DIRECTIONS IN ALTERED BOOKS, Gabe Cyr (2 images), Lark Books
FORGING A PATH OF CREATIVITY, Jules Masterjohn, Arting Around, Durango Telegraph, Durango, CO

2005 WILDFIRE INSPIRED BEST OF SHOW PIECE Patricia Miller, The Durango Herald
EXCEPTIONALLY SCALED ARTISTS' BOOKS, Review by Judith Hoffberg, Artscene, Los Angeles, CA

2004 AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Vol. 1, Book 2 - Central States, Alcove Books (1 page with image)
DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists & Craftspeople, Steven Aimone, (1 image)
LITTLE LINE, publication through, a children's book by Grace Cavalieri, illustrated by Mary Ellen Long

2003 ARTISTS' INTERIORS: Creative Spaces, Inspired Living, Laurie Dickson (featured article)

2002 THE DECORATED PAGE (1 image) and NATURE STYLE (5 images), Lark Books
DURANGO HERALD, "Art Along the Path", review by Judith Reynolds, September 2001-02
dog eared magazine, A Journal of Book Arts, Issue IV (1 image), VI (4 images), VII (6 images) , VIII (2 images) Seattle, WA

1999 DURANGO HERALD, "Travel Visions", review by Charlie Langdon
NON-ADHESIVE BINDINGS, Keith A. Smith, "Books Without Paste or Glue, Vol. 1" (illustration included)

1998 DURANGO HERALD, "Metaphors for Time ", review by Judith Reynolds, January

1997 HANDMADE BOOKS AND CARDS, Jean Kropper (illustration included)
ARTWEEK, "Knowing and Naming: The Search for Tangible Meaning", review by Suvan Geer, June

1996 WESTWORD, "Spaces Loaded", review of Vestige, Symbol, Verse, by Michael Paglia, at The Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

1995 MIGRATIONS, poetry by G. Cavalieri, photographs by Mary Ellen Long, Visual Library Publications
COVER TO COVER, S. LaPlantz, (illustration included
THE RAVEN CHRONICLES, "Dreams of Mother" (photo excerpts), winter, Seattle, WA

1994 SYRACUSE HERALD AMERICAN, "Outdoor Creations...", review by Sherry Chayat, June, Syracuse, NY
PASATIEMPO, "The Book As Art", review, March, Santa Fe, NM

1993 THE RAVEN CHRONICLES, "MIGRATIONS" (excerpts from), winter, Seattle, WA
SAN DIEGO UNION, "ON RETURNING", review by Robert L. Pincus, July, San Diego, CA
THE READER "TREE TO PAPER . . . TO ART", review by Jonathan Saville, July, San Diego, CA

1992 UMBRELLA, "FOREST ECHOES", review by Judith A. Hoffberg, May
DURANGO HERALD, "Echoes in Time", review by Charlie Langdon, April 2, Durango, CO

1991 WESTWORD, "Taken for Granted", review by Nancy Clegg, Sept. 25, Denver, CO

1990 SEATTLE ARTS, "Diverse Views, Mary Ellen Long", Selections from Site and Spirit, edited by K. Alcala, October, Seattle, WA
MAN AND NATURE, "Shintai Circle", Installation en situ, On Paper Gallery II, Aqua Planet Inc., Tokyo, Japan

1988 WESTWORD, "Novel Pulp", review by Nancy Clegg, Nov. 1, Denver, CO

1987 THE SUNDAY CAMERA, "At BCVA: Fiber Art", review by Reed Glenn, Jan. 11, Boulder, CO

1986 UMBRELLA, "Artists' Books", review by Judith A. Hoffberg, April / FIBER ARTS, "Felt and Paper Portfolio" July-August

1985 WOMEN ARTISTS NEWS, "Sites and Spirits in Soho, May 1985", review by Kathleen Paradiso, September, New York, NY

1984 ARTSPACE, review by Kalima Rose, Fall, Albuquerque, NM

1983 LOS ANGELES TIMES, review by Robert L. Pincus, May, Los Angeles, CA


Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Editions Ltd. Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gallery Shop, Durango Arts Center, CO
Vamp and Tramp, Booksellers, LLC, Birmingham, AL



Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Library, Chicago, IL
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL,
New Museum Library, New York, NY
Yale University Archive
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
University of Washington Special Collections
Visual Arts Workshop Archive, Rochester, NY
Albright-Knox Art Gallery Library, Buffalo, NY
Minneapolis College of Art Design Library
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
Getty Museum Rare Books
Visual Arts Workshop Archives, Rochester, NY
Whitney Museum Library of American Art, NY
UCLA Art Library
National Museum of American Art Library of the Smithsonian
Boise State University Library, Idaho
San Diego State University Special Collections
Special Collections, University of California, San Diego, CA
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
Museo de Collage, Mexico
Art Colle, Sergines, France

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