I plunge into each piece of work as if it were an adventure into the unknown. With no specific outcome in mind, I respond to the changes in the picture as I explore and interact with materials by layering paint and paper, scratching, sanding and marking, creating open spaces, altering and adjusting. I move between intuition and logic; chaos and order. Being aware and open, taking risks with the materials, as well as the struggle itself allows me to be in the moment to reflect and interpret a history that evolves on the canvas before my eyes.


Teri Dryden’s unorthodox path to becoming an artist began with immersion in an ancient art form in which she was the medium. A theatre major at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, she excelled in physical expression and comedy.  At the urging of an instructor, she auditioned and won a coveted spot as one of the few female clowns in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. For two unforgettable years, she performed in every state in the U.S. in one of the most colorful and visually stimulating environments imaginable.

She then moved to Los Angeles and became an award-winning stage actress, but left the stage when her first child was born. After making beautiful fiber art for several years, Teri decided to take an art class, and discovered a latent talent and passion for painting and drawing.  During a remarkably short and prolific period, she won several awards and sold dozens of paintings and drawings to rapt fans who recognized her unique sense of composition and color in dramatic florals and still-lifes. She feels she has found her true aesthetic after discovering the fascinating world of abstract painting and collage.

She is a member of the Collage Artists of America, National Collage Society and Women Painters West. Her work is included in many private and public collections and has been exhibited in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions across the country.

Professional Affiliations

Women Painters West
Collage Artists of America
Louisville Visual Arts
National Collage Association

Public Collections

University Hospital OB/GYN & Women's Health at UofL, Louisville, KY                                                                                                        Bluegrass Eye Center, Crestwood, Ky
Insight Communications
Mann & Fox Dental, Louisville, KY
The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY
River City Wellness, Louisville, KY
Arts and Crafts Dental, Louisville, KY
K.Norman Berry Architects, Louisville, KY
First Kentucky Trust, Louisville, KY


Kentucky homes and garden magazine, july-aug 2017
Leo Weekly,  May-2017, March -2013, Aug-2011
Courier Journal, June-2017, May-2015, 
Voice Tribune, March-2011

Selected Shows and Exhibitions

(juried invitational) Danville Community Arts Center, Danville, KY
Marburger Art Show, J. Compton Gallery, Round Top, TX


(group show) B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY                                                                                                                                  (juried invitational) Brandt-Roberts Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Objects of Art Santa Fe 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico
(group show) New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
(juried exhibition) MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY Juror: Kurt Gohde
(solo exhibition) B. Deemer gallery, Louisville, KY
(group show) New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY


(group show) New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
(juried invitational) Community Arts Center, Danville, KY


(3 person show) New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
(solo exhibition) Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY
(juried exhibition) MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY    Juror: Nathan Zamarron


10th Annual Mazin Juried Art Exhibition, Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY    Juror: McCrystle Wood, 2nd Place Award
MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY    Juror: Jenine Culligan


28th Annual Juried Exhibit, National Collage Society
Community Arts Center, Danville, KY   Juror: Boris Zakic
(invitational group show) PUBLIC Gallery, Louisville, KY
MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY   Juror: Arturo Sandoval
(solo exhibition) Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY
4th National Juried Exhibition of Small Scale Works of Art, MTSU Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN   Juror: Jochen Wierich


Mazin Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY   Juror: Wendi Smith, 3rd Place Award
56th Mid-States Art Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN   Juror: Peter Plagens
(juried invitational) SRAM pART Project, Cedar Lake Theatre, NYC
National Collage Society 28th Annual Juried Exhibit, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, PA
                                                           Jurors: Daniel D. Miller, Christine Poggi and Carol Wisker,  (Top Honor) Pat Dewes Award

(group show) The Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, KY
(5 person show) Hardscuffle Gallery, Louisville, KY
(juried group show) MS Rezny Gallery, Lexington, KY   Juror: Jack Girard, Purchase Award and Honorable Mention


Mazin Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY   Juror: Ed Hamilton, 3rd place award
(5 person show), Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY
(solo exhibition) The Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, KY
(solo exhibition) Hudson Home, Louisville, KY
Women Painters West Celebrates 90 Years, Designer Service Group, Los Angeles, CA
Water Tower Regional Exhibition, The Water Tower, Louisville, Kentucky   Jurors: Alice Gray Stites and Suzanne Weaver
(group show) Burbank Creative Arts Center, Burbank, CA


Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery   Curator: Mary Oliver
Collage Artists of America, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Franklyn Liegel, 2nd place award
Women Painters West, VOCA, Venice, CA   Juror: Scott Canty, 2nd place award
Brand 39 Works on Paper, The Brand Library, Los Angeles, CA   Juror: Gloria Williams Sander
Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA   Curators: Bob Gino and Don Grant
All Media Juried Exhibition 2010, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA   Juror: Dan Callis
Ventura County Government Center, Ventura, CA   Curator: Phyllis Doyon
Four Faces of VIVA, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Carol Bishop
(three person show) Gallery Western LA, CA   Curator: Monica Lee
TOAA Open Juried Exhibition, Thousand Oaks (CA) Community Gallery   Juror: Donna Granata, 3rd place award
Southern California Open Regional Exhibition, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Diane Calder
Canoga Park (CA) Art Center (for the Dept of Cultural Affairs)   Curator: Teri Dryden


VIVA Ten, All Group Show, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Gerald Brommer
Valley Artists Guild/Gold Medal Exhibition, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA  Juror: Ramela Grigorian Abbamontial, 2nd place award
Collage Artists of America, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Katherine Chang Lui