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, the Museum of Fine Arts Memorial Hunt Library, and Fountain Street Gallery 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.  

education

2018  

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

2008  

BA Visual Art, Smith College, Northampton, MA

2007  

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

solo exhibitions 

2020  

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

2019   

Museum of Queer EcologiesDistillery Gallery, Boston, MA

selected group exhibitions + screenings + performances

2019  

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

Call and Response, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2011

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

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

2010 

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

2009 

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

collaborative projects

2018

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

2016

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

2015

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

2013

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

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

press

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

 

publications

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

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

 

awards

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

Graduate Student Travel Award, Tufts University, 2017

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

Cathryn Griffith Award in Best Design and 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

 

presentations

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

collections

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

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