Mariella Poli

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Mariella Poli is an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, which includes photography, video and film, her work, investigates culture, identity, place and the power of space. Her work has been exhibited in such international institutions as the National Museum of Fine Art, Hanoi, Vietnam, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea  di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Italy, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Ava Gallery, Capetown, South Africa, Ca’ Foscari University, Studio Barberi Arte Contemporanea in Venice, Italy, Studio La Citta' Gallery, Verona, Italy, International Fair for Modern Art, Art Cologne, Germany; UCCI Gallery, Madrid, Spazio Italia IIC, Los Angeles, Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco.

Ms. Poli currently has been working on a project using photography and Cinema concerning culture and media reflecting a span of time from 1935 to 2014. Since 1989 she has worked on many photography and video installations including ‘Between the Lines’ (2010), ‘There’ (2009) ‘Beyond/Oltre’ (2007) ‘Nascita di un Museo’ (2004) ‘City Hall’ (2003) ‘The Convent’ (2002) ‘Montecatini’ (2001). Her publications include; Mart: Nascita  di un Museo  (Mondadori  Electa); Montecatini, (Skira'); Savoy Hotel (Antiga Edizioni); No People No Joey (Edizione Osiride) She also has been published in several publications in Italy, Austria, Spain, Denmark and Mexico.

Her work is in museums and private collections and she has participated in various international symposiums such as, “Photography & Visual Culture” Università Roma Tre, Teatro Palladium, Rome, Italy (2014),”Attentive Eyes” Italy’s Unesco Sites, ItaloAmerican Museum, San Francisco, California (2014); “Women, Spirituality and the Arts” Symposium, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA (2005);  Centro Contemporaneo Luigi Pecci Museo, Prato, Italy (2004); Society for Photography Education West Region Conference, CCAC, Oakland, California(2002); Pacific Northwest Art College, Portland, Oregon (2000); Infancia y Sida, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (1992). 

She was awarded an international residency at, contemporary arts and design, “A Soul for Europe”, Culture, Economy and Social Responsibility. Venice, Italy (2011), RES, International Program Multidisciplinary Artist in Residence, Torcito, Lecce, Italy (2005), International Association of Residential Arts Centers Conference, Civitella Ranieri Center, Umbertide, Italy (2001), Na-Bolom, Research Center Artist in Residence, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico (1992).

She has been the Professor and Co-curator (2005 - present) of several student exhibitions and catalogs in the United States and internationally such as Padiglione Marie Curie Gallery, Naples, Italy; (2014); Cumhuriyet Museum, Istanbul (2014), Pera Museum (2013), Santral Gallery (2012), Istanbul,Turkey; Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town (2008/09/10); ” The Old Police Station”, New Cross, London, England (2008); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy, Pro Arts Gallery & Cultural Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA; (2007/06), Galleria Civica, Modena (2005), Italy.

She has been teaching Interdisciplinary courses at the California College of Art (Design & Fine Art) that work collaboratively with Naples Second University, Italy, Marmara University and BILGI University in Istanbul, Turkey; University IUAV, Venice, Italy, Art Academy, Bologna, Italy, University of Cape Town, South Africa Goldsmith College, London, England.


Mariella was born in Italy and lives in San Francisco

Senior Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

Senior Adjunct Professor, Diversity Studio

Senior Adjunct Professor, MBA Strategic Design

Senior Adjunct Professor, Summer Study Abroad. Italy

BFA and MFA San Francisco Art Institute, California

Senior Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Senior Adjunct Professor, Diversity Studies

BFA, MFA, San Francisco Art Institute