Research Areas

Socially Engaged Art; Documentary Art; Contemporary Installation Art; World Health; Educational Innovation


Ph.D., Columbia University

M.Phil., University of Sussex, England

B.A., University of Michigan


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Mary Hamill

Mary Oestereicher Hamill

Mary Oestereicher Hamill

Mary Oestereicher Hamill

Mary Oestereicher Hamill is an accomplished pioneer of participatory photo-based art regarding social issues. In a multi-year project in the 90’s she loaned video cameras to homeless people and transformed the imagery and sound into collaborative interactive installations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Sanders Theatre, Harvard; and the Massachusetts State House. Her seminal “Constructs of Frailty” (Rose Art Museum) led to a medical mission in remote rural Vietnam which resulted in a collaborative exhibition in the village center and an installation at Stanford. Her expedition to ancient Beijing neighborhoods engendered street photography by the residents and a festive art display there; this phase was followed by projecting the China images in Chinatown, New York and then exhibiting the entirety at the Danforth Museum.  Hamill collaborated with Native Americans for the Abiquiu Music Festival. She also developed an installation based on her recent service as a Public Affairs Officer on the hospital ship USNS Mercy in the South China Sea and Cambodia. Hamill proceeds from a background in legislative activism (PL94-142), a doctorate in developmental psychology, and a national award-winning career in higher education. Art awards include Traveling Scholar and fellowships at Djerassi and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Current Projects

Hamill’s current artwork proceeds from her month onboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Vietnam and Cambodia. Through social engagement and documentation she explores poverty and illness in the region and elsewhere.

Representative Publications


Hamill, Mary O. “regardregard: project china/chinatown,” multimedia installation, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, March-May, 2009.

Hamill, Mary O. “Abiquiu Blanket,” Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, New Mexico, August, 2010.