Mary Fernando Conrad investigates social infrastructure through the use of vernacular materials such as neon signage, plastic and packaging.

Recent shows include the solo shows Immaterial at Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, and Lapidary Terrarium at Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco. Group shows include In The Fullness of Time: 20th Anniversary Show at the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco. She also recently installed a sculpture as part of the Tenderloin National Forest/Luggage Store Annex where she had completed a residency in 2006.

She received her Bachelors of Arts, cum laude in English Literature from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University after attending the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Born in the United States, Conrad lived abroad for many years in France and Indonesia, as well as childhood in Sri Lanka.