My work is informed by extraordinary life experiences that have shaped my aesthetic and world view. I have an intense curiosity about places and the ways in which they can bring us together, pull us apart and remind us of who we are. As an artist, I don’t simply “see” visual stimuli—I absorb them, and they become a part of my psyche.  As a young woman, I traveled with Ringling Brothers Circus for two years, lived on a train, performed in every contiguous U.S. state, and gathered thousands of indelible impressions from garish to gorgeous that often find their way from my memory to my brush. I’ve experienced the exotic cultures of China, India and SE Asia, swum with sting rays in the Caribbean and paddled through a Mississippi swamp. 

The more I’ve traveled and ventured out, the more I’ve come to recognize the tissue that connects us as humans no matter where we live, how we speak, what we eat and drink, how we love or what we find beautiful. I mine that rich tapestry of experience and attempt to create a universal language on canvas that can speak to everyone. 

My intuitive, abstract style of painting and collage-making allows me to turn off my brain and revel in my non-critical, non-objective way of being. With no specific outcome in mind, I respond 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. I move between intuition and logic, chaos and order. Being aware and open, taking risks with the materials, I reunite and record fragments of thought, feeling, and memory.

Solo Exhibitions

Opening Feb 9, 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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, Canoga Park (CA)     Art Center (for the Dept of Cultural Affairs) 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


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

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


Rick Phillips “Kentucky Homes and Garden Magazine”, July-Aug 2017
Hunter Kissell, “A Unique Pairing” 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
Jo Anne Triplett, “Q&A with Teri Dryden”, LEO Weekly, July 21, 2016
Keith Waits, “Confetti Circus: New Work by Teri Dryden”,, 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

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