With discarded and recycled materials, my paintings and collages address the themes of personal and cultural identity, impermanence and the beauty of things unconventional. My practice is deeply informed by a life-long case of wanderlust and an intense curiosity about places and the ways they connect, divide or define us. In a sense, my work can be considered autobiographical. A deep interest in Japanese art, thought and philosophy have led me to the principles of wabi-sabi, which celebrates what is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. These underlying principles are diametrically opposed to those of their Western counterparts, whose values are rooted in a worldview that values permanence, grandeur, and perfection. My work acknowleges thoughts and ideas about how the continually changing nature of all beings and objects affect the view of oneself and how place and identity are inextricably bound to one another. With an emphasis on process I create highly textured surfaces by responding to the changes in the picture as I explore and interact with my materials by layering paint and paper, sanding and marking, creating open spaces, altering and adjusting. Moving between intuition and logic, chaos and order, I reunite and record fragments of thought, feeling, and memory. Mark-making has become an important feature in my work. By creating an ephemeral path between internal experiences and external encounters, I ask: Who are we? Who am I?

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Yutori, B.Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2017 Out of Line, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2015 Confetti Circus, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2013 Street to Studio, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2011 Totem Diaries, The Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, KY

2011 Ex Libris, Hudson Home, Louisville, KY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Shiro Oni Residency Exhibition, Onishi, Japan
Objects of Art Santa Fe 2018
, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Open to Interpretation, Danville Community Arts Center, Danville, KY (juried invitational)
Marburger Art Show, J. Compton Gallery, Round Top, TX

2017

Abstracts, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY                          
Melange, Brandt-Roberts Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (juried invitational)
Objects of Art Santa Fe 2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gridworks Revisited, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
notBIG(4), MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY Juror: Kurt Gohde
Mix It Up, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

2016

Gridworks, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
Juxtapose, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY (juried invitational)

2015  

Interplay, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY (3 person show)
notBig(3), MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY  Juror: Nathan Zamarron

2014

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

2013

28th Annual Juried Exhibit, National Collage Society
Horizons: Contemporary Landscapes, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY   Juror: Boris Zakic
By the Numbers, PUBLIC Gallery, Louisville, KY (invitational group show) 
notBig(2),MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY   Juror: Arturo Sandoval
4th National Juried Exhibition of Small Scale Works of Art, MTSU Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN   Juror: Jochen Wierich

2012

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
SRAM pART Project, Cedar Lake Theatre, NYC (juried invitational)
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
Collage, Hardscuffle Gallery, Louisville, KY (5 person show)
notBig, MS Rezny Gallery, Lexington, KY   Juror: Jack Girard, Purchase Award and Honorable Mention

2011

Mazin Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY   Juror: Ed Hamilton, 3rd place award
Paper Poets, Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY (5 person show)
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

2010

Beneath the Surface, Gallery Western LA, CA Curator: Monica Lee         
Layers of Creativity, Ventura County Government Center, Ventura, CA Curator: Phyllis  Doyon  
Outside the Box, Art Center (for the Dept of Cultural Affairs)  Canoga Park (CA)   Curator: Teri Dryden
Deconstruction/Reconstruction,  Burbank Creative Arts Center, Burbank, CA   
Deconstructed Applications, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Curator: Mary Oliver
Opposites Attract, Collage Artists of America, Viva Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA Juror: Franklyn Liegel, 2nd place award 
Finished/Unfinished, Women Painters West at VOCA, Venice, CA Juror: Scott Canty, 2nd place award 
Brand 39 Works on Paper, The Brand Library, Los Angeles, CA 
Five Elements of Nature, Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA Curators: Bob Gino and DonGrant 
All Media Juried Exhibition 2010, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA 
Four Faces of Viva, Viva Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA 
TOAA 2010 Open Juried Exhibition, Thousand Oaks (CA) Community Gallery Juror: Donna Granata, 3rd place award
Southern California Open Regional Exhibitio
n, Viva Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA  Juror: Diane Calder

2009

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
Ecological, Collage Artists of America, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA   Juror: Katherine Chang Lui

Public Collections

SWOPE Design Group, Louisville, KY
Beach Terrace Inn, Carlsbad, CA
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
UBS Financial Services, Louisville, KY

Publications

Rick Phillips “Kentucky Homes and Garden Magazine”, July-Aug 2017 https://issuu.com/rickphillips/docs/khg_julaug17_lexington
Hunter Kissell, “A Unique Pairing” http://www.under-main.com/newsletter/a-unique-pairing-teri-dryden-at-b-deemer/ July, 2017
Voice Tribune, Society Pages, June 29, 2017
CJ Staff, “Critic’s Picks:Visual Arts, Courier Journal, June 4, 2017
Jo Anne Triplett, “Staff Picks”, LEO Weekly, May 31, 2017
http://www.louisvillevisualart.org/artebella/2017/9/19/vignette-teri-dryden
Jo Anne Triplett, “Q&A with Teri Dryden”, LEO Weekly, July 21, 2016
Keith Waits, “Confetti Circus: New Work by Teri Dryden”, Arts-Louisville.com, May 15, 2015
Elizabeth Kramer, “Critic’s Pick” Courier Journal, May 10, 2015
Jo Anne Triplett, “Staff Picks”, LEO Weekly, June 3, 2015
Elizabeth Kramer, “Critic’s Pick”, Courier Journal, November 30, 2014
Jo Anne Triplett, “Staff Picks”, LEO Weekly, April 3, 2013
Elizabeth Kramer, “ Best Bets”, Velocity Magazine, April 29, 2013
Mary Jean Kirtley, “Spotlight” Highlander Monthly, April 2013
Brandi Terry, “Spotlight On”, LEO Weekly, Aug 24, 2011
Jo Anne Triplett, “Staff Picks”, June 15, 2011
Sandra Ford, “Area Artists Showcased”, Ventura County Star, May 26, 2010

Artist Residencies and Workshops

Shiro Oni Studio Artists Residency, Onishi, Japan Aug-Sept 2018 http://www.shirooni.com/

Katherine Chang Liu/ Critique and Studio Painting, Claremont, CA (ongoing)
Audrey Phillips/ Abstract Painting Immersion/ Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL April, 2018
(Ongoing artist run workshop) two week summer retreat, Los Angeles, CA
Nancy Hillis, Katherine Aimone/ “Doing the Work of Your Life”, Asheville, NC May, 2016
Nicholas Wilton/ ARTLIFE/ Mixed Media, Sonoma, CA 2015
Franklyn Liegel/ Master Class, Los Angeles, CA 2010, 2011
Robert Burridge/ Mixed Media/ Art of the Carolinas/ Raleigh, NC 2012
Mitzi Trachtenberg/ Collage/ Valley Institute of Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA 2010
Merrilyn Duzy/ Painting/ Los Angeles, CA 2009-2010

Professional Affiliations

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