Eli Brown is an interdisciplinary artist working living media, drawing, sculpture, performance, video, and participatory projects.  His work explores the histories and futurities of queer and trans subjectivities, communities and intimacies, and deals with anthropocentrism as it relates to conceptions of evolution and species.  

Brown is founder of A Stitch In Time: Trans Family Archives, and collaborates with numerous organizations and artists. Recent work has been featured at venues including Creative Time, The deCordova Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts Memorial Hunt Library in Boston.  He has performed at The Brecht Forum, La Mama, the Bushwick Starr, and The House of Yes in New York.  His drawings have been published in Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Queer Sex-Ed Comic Book, Just Seeds Collective's People's History Poster Series, and Advocates for Youth's 1-in-3 Campaign.  Brown is recent recipient of The Boston Foundation's Collaborate Boston Grant and Culture Push's Fellowship for Utopian Practice.  



MFA, School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA


BA Visual Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA


San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

solo exhibitions 


Tailgate Projects, Tampa, FL



How To Make SlimeNew Media Gallery, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA


Museum of Queer EcologiesDistillery Gallery, Boston, MA

selected group exhibitions + performances


(Upcoming) Fort Point Arts, Boston, MA


Din Din, Flux Factory, Queens, NY



The deCordova BiennialThe DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

Call and Response, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA


Celebrate People's History, curated by Josh MacPhee, Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Free Form, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

Ourselves, University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

A Matter of Perspective, Aurora Gallery, Worcester, MA

Spaceus: Mapping Worlds, Roslindale Substation, Boston, MA

MFA Thesis Screening, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

T(HERE) MFA Thesis Exhibition, Tufts University, Medford, MA


Drawing Annual, Weems Atrium, School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Graphic Arts Annual Prize Winners, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art of Resistance, Tower Gallery, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Betwixt/Between, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA


Graphic Content: Lessons from Not Your Mother's Meatloaf, Healthy Teen Network's 37th Annual National Conference, Las Vegas, NV


Small Works for Big Change, Jack Studios, New York, NY

One of a Kind: Unique Artist Books, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA


Trantigone: A Genderqueered Act of Resistance, Brecht Forum, New York, NY, and House of Yes, Brooklyn, NY

My Prosthetic and I, St. John The Divine, New York, NY


The Sage: A Hip-Hop Puppet Ballet, The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY

Room for Cream: A Live Lesbian Soap Opera, La Mama, New York, NY


Vivid Posters Chart a “People’s History” of the Struggle for Social Justice, Lopez Casell, Dessane, Hyperallergic,

September 7, 2020


Eli Brown: Museum of Queer Ecologies at Distillery Gallery, Art New England, October 15, 2019


The Ticket: What’s Happening In The Local Arts Scene, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, October 3, 2019


At The Distillery Gallery, Artist Eli Brown Explores Biology And Gender In ‘Museum Of Queer Ecologies’, Pamela Reynolds, WBUR, The ARTery, September 23, 2019

At deCordova, New England Artists Take A Biennial Bow, Pamela Reynolds, WBUR, The ARTery, April 2, 2019

deCordova New England Biennial 2019, Marty Carlock, Sculpture Magazine, June 7, 2019

Where Are You Now?  10 Summer Exhibitions Worth The Trip, Callan Malone, CULTURED May 23, 2019 

Spontaneous Vegetation, Nance Klehm, lumpenradio, 105.5 FM WLPN LP, Chicago, IL, January 13, 2019

Check out Eli Brown’s Artwork, Edward Clark, Boston Voyager Magazine, September 3, 2018

trans/draw at Gallery 263: Gender Outside the Lines, Samuel Adams, Big, Red, and Shiny, December 1, 2016

'Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book’ by Saiya Miller and Liza Bley, Cathy Camper, Lambda Literary, Reviews, September 12, 2013


One of A Kind: Unique Artists Books, Conjuring the Future, Tempting Fate, Cate Mcquaid, The Boston Globe, 

Living Arts, March 30, 2011


When Your Politics Is Greek Tragedy: Genderqueer Antigone on the New York Stage This Week, Jillian T. Weiss, The Bilerico Project, Entertainment, July 28, 2010


published work

(Upcoming) Artist Essay, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Mycologies Issue


(Upcoming) Bottinelli, Silvia, Artists and the Practice of Agriculture, Routledge’s Critical Food Studies

Trans Family Archives, Push/Pull Journal, Issue #13 (online), Culture Push, New York, NY, 2020

Celebrate People’s History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution; edited by Josh Macphee, Feminist Press, New York, NY, 2020

Passing, self-published artist book, 2017

Graphic Content: Transforming Sex Education with Comics/Lessons from Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf, Roles, Relationships, & Relevance in the Changing Landscape of Adolescent Health, Healthy Teen Network’s 37th Annual National Conference, healthyteennetwork.org, 2016

Transplants: Sowing the Seed of Gender in the Garden, internationally distributed zine, 2014

Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Queer Sex Education Comic Book; Soft Skull Press, 2013

One of A Kind: Unique Artists Books; Lame Duck Press, 2011

This Cowboy, The Best Teen Writing of 2004; Scholastic Press, New York, NY, 2004



Assets for Artists Capacity-Building Grant, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2020

Residency, Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2020

Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, New York, NY, 2018-2020

Collaborate Boston Grant, The Boston Foundation, 2017-2018

Social Justice Fund Award, Tufts University, 2018

Deans Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, 2017

TIE Artist Grant, Tufts Institute of the Environment, Tufts University, 2017

Cathryn Griffith Award in Best Design & Concept, First Place in SMFA Graphic Arts Annual, 2017

PRAXIS Grant, Smith College, 2006

National Scholastic Gold Award in Writing, Personal Essay/Memoir, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 2004


collaborative projects

Boston Resilience Collaborative (A Stitch In Time), Collaborate Boston, The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA, 2018

Poster Design, 7th Annual Social Justice in Education Conference, Teacher Activist Group, Boston, MA, 2016

A Person of Their Own, Advocates for Youth, 1-in-3 Campaign, Washington, D.C., 2015

Youth Day Collaborative Visioning Workshop, CASFS, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2014

Rooted in Community National Youth Leadership Conference, Community Services Unlimited, Los Angeles, CA, 2014


Roundtable Panel Discussion, Creative Time Summit, New York, NY

Artist Talk + Interactive Workshop, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Artist Q + A, n(arture), Tufts University, Medford, MA


Printed Matter, New York, New York

Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

Wooden Shoes Books, Philadelphia, PA

School of the Museum of Fine Arts W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, Boston, MA

Barnard College Zine Library, New York, NY

Hampshire College Zine Library, Amherst, MA