i plunge into each piece of work as if it were an adventure into the unknown. I have no specific outcome in mind. I respond to the changes in the painting 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 have a more meaningful painting experience and often leads to a greater self awareness. it is this tandem process that is the core of my work. 

The abstract and often mysterious results invite viewers to find their own meaning and definition for the work. The rich, detailed surfaces beckon the viewer to look closer and deeper and to revel in more subtle dimensions beneath. My artwork is abstract yet familiar – even comforting – constructed as it is of common materials that resonate and evoke shared memories, stirring a sort of déjà vu in our collective conscience.



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 baltiomore, 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 mixed media 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 collections and has been exhibited in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions across the country.

In 2010 she and her husband moved to the historic river city of Louisville, Kentucky to enjoy the slower pace and rich heritage of a smaller city with one of America’s most vibrant art scenes. Teri continues to revel in daily discoveries about art and her own sensibilities, and fearlessly explores the infinite possibilities of various media and genres.

professional affiliations

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

public collections

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 archetechts, Louisville, KY


selected shows and exhibitions


"Mix it Up!", (group show) new editions gallery, Lexington, ky

“JUXTAPOSE”, (group show) Community Arts Center, Danville, KY


“Interplay”, (3 person show) New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY

“Confetti Circus”, solo exhibition, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

“notBIG(3)” 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

“MORE & more Juried Exhibition”, MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY
Juror: Jenine Culligan


“28th Annual Juried Exhibit”, National Collage Society

“Horizons- Contemporary Landscapes”, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY
Juror: Boris Zakic

“By the Numbers”, Group Show, PUBLIC Gallery, Louisville, KY

“not(2)BIG Juried Exhibition,” MS Rezny Studio Gallery, Lexington, KY
Juror: Arturo Sandoval

“Street to Studio”, 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

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, Pat Dewes Member Award

“Drawing Together” (group show)The Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, KY

“Collage”, (5 person group show) Hardscuffle Gallery, Louisville, KY

“notBIG Small Art Exhibition,” 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

“Paper Poets” (5 person group show), Patio Gallery, Louisville, KY

“Totem Diaries”, solo exhibition, The Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, KY

“Ex-Libris”, solo exhibition, Hudson Home, Louisville, KY

Women Painters West Celebrates 90 Years, Designer Service Group, Los Angeles, CA
Juror: Joe Gatto

2011 Water Tower Regional Exhibition, The Water Tower, Louisville, Kentucky
Jurors: Alice Gray Stites and Suzanne Weaver

“Decontruction/Reconstruction” Burbank Creative Arts Center, Burbank, CA
Group show artists “5 in the Mix”


“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

Women Painter’s West, VOCA, Venice, CA
Juror: Scott Canty, 2nd place award

“Finished/Unfinished” Brand 39 Works on Paper, the Brand Library, Los Angeles, CA
Juror: Gloria Williams Sander

“Five Elements of Nature” Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA
Curators: Bob Gino and Don Grant

All Media Juried Exhibition 2010, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA
Juror: Dan Callis

“Layers of Creativity”, Ventura County Government Center, Ventura, CA
Curator: Phyllis Doyon

Four Faces of VIVA, VIVA Art Center, Sherman Oaks, CA
Juror: Carol Bishop

“Beneath the Surface” ( three person show) Gallery Western LA, CA
Curator: Monica Lee

TOAA 2010 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

“Outside the Box” 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 2009 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

“Beginnings” Burbank (CA) Creative Art Center, People’s Choice Award, Merchant Award

Juried into VIVA Salon 2009