Mary Ellen Scherl

Mary Ellen Scherl was born in Miami, Florida, received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and currently lives and works in New York and New Jersey.

After a seventeen-year career as an award winning art director at two premier advertising agencies, Leo Burnet Company in Chicago and Young & Rubicam in New York, Ms. Scherl began to pursue an inborn passion for sculpting the figure. In a short while she has received acclaim for her current work as a fine artist and sculptor.

Since 2005, Ms. Scherl has gained national recognition for creating “Mamorial”, a non-profit breast cancer initiative that offers healing and awareness through art. “Mamorial” has been exhibited widely, most notably in Miami during Art Basel and recently at New York University Medical Center during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ms. Scherl frequently lectures on her art. She has been reviewed in the New
York Times, and featured on NBC Nightly News and in numerous local and national media. Presently she serves as President for the Sculptors Guild in New York and on the Board of the International Sculpture Center, the publisher of Sculpture Magazine.

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“My art is often issue based. Women’s issues, genetics, cancer and genocide are some of the subjects I address through my figurative, biomorphic and mixed media sculpture. I am particularly interested in challenging contemporary standards of beauty with figurative work that possesses inner strength and dignity.

While some of my pieces are carved in stone and employ digital processes, I mostly sculpt in clay by observing a live model.”

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