Mary Ross Strudwick (born 1951 in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada; died November 20, 2008) was a painter, sculptor, and installation artist, best known for her elaborate altar pieces. She was known to her friends by her middle name, Ross.
Born in St Johns Newfoundland, Strudwick lived in Chaumont, France; Athens, Greece; Mobile, Alabama; Dayton, Ohio; Birmingham and Tuscaloosa,, Alabama; and New York City. She studied painting at Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and at UAB. She received a fellowship to study in Asola, Italy, in conjunction with the Accademia of Venice and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her first one-woman show was in Birmingham. This was followed by a group show, "Rooms & Figures," at the National Art Center in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in the Birmingham Museum of Art and is in private collections throughout the United States.
Strudwick is said to have been one of the first artists in Birmingham to take installation art seriously. In the 1970's, she had an art studio above the L & N Cafe downtown. At the time of her death, she was married to Jimmy Griffin, a longtime employee at Charlemagne Records. She had one daughter, Sonia, with her first husband, John Kellermann, and two grandchildren.
Strudwick's memorial service, held at Bare Hands Gallery, drew over 200 well-wishers, including many long-time residents of Southside. Eulogies were delivered by Johnny Coley, her daughter Sonia Kellermann Warfel, her sister JoAnne, Jonah Schaeffer, and Tommy Carr.
- Artist biography on exhibition program, Eileen Kunzman Galleries at the Symphony, October 7-8, 1988
- "Mary Ross Strudwick" obituary (November 24, 2008) The Birmingham News
- Ross Strudwick Fan Club on facebook.com