Mary Ellen Carroll: “Architecture is not Art”

Montana State University, School of Architecture, is proud to present Mary Ellen Carroll, who will present her lecture, “Architecture is not Art”, on Friday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m., in Gaines Hall 101.

Mary Ellen Carroll is a conceptual artist living and working in New York City and Houston, Texas. Her career, spanning more than twenty years, has focused on the single, fundamental question, “What do we consider a work of art?” The results are multifarious, provocative, and often wry outpourings in architecture, writing, performance, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, sculpture, and painting that interrogate the relationship between subjectivity, language, and power.

Carroll teaches architecture at Rice University in Houston where she has manifested what she terms her opus, prototype 180 – a ten year project that involves the revolution of a single family home on its foundation, conceived as a way of making architecture perform. For her daring and compelling work, Carroll has received much recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Pollack/Krasner Award and most recently, the artistic honor award by the American Institute of Architects in Houston.

Ms. Carroll currently has an exhibition at Columbia University’s Buell Gallery on prototype 180.

Registered for one hour of AIA Continuing Education Units. To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in the above event, please contact Sharon Matney at 994-2921, or Diane Letendre, Director, Affirmative Action, 994-2042. For more details on this event please contact Barry Newton, 406-994-6534 or