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Arden bendler- browning


My work explores connections and gaps between memory and presence, the impossibility of landscape as a singular idealized image, and the way that digital media effects perception.   Through lap-size drawings made while in motion, virtual reality environments made in response to enlarged versions of those drawings, and wall size paintings made in response to the VR works, my practice is continually fed by a cycle of layered experience.  


During road trips, I sketch and photograph while observing my surroundings moving past through the front windshield of a car.  I am drawn toward the structures of the spaces we move through  en route more so than the photogenic final destination.  


Back in the endless construction surrounding my urban home environment, I put on a VR headset and digitally enlarge photographs of these drawings to the size of entire virtual walls. Standing within walls, ceilings, and floors comprised of previously small works on paper,  I walk through and develop new 360 degree abstracted worlds by adding VR painted marks.  While wearing a VR headset and painting with wands in 3D space, I build out a range of marks from the walls, floor, and ceiling and bring vignettes within my drawings out into foreground and far into background.   Viewers can look up to a painted sky or ceiling, walk through shapes and gestures, look behind the walls, and sit down on the virtually painted ground.  


In my painting studio, I use a range of brushes and color on wall-size circular panels while observing video walk-throughs of my VR spaces.  The painted panels provide a physical object to counter the virtual experience – yet because they are 2D, they also demand an imaginary experience of place.   The large scale situates one within the painting, yet in a different way than when wearing the VR headset.  As much as I document every engaging location and experience, the memory of it begins to fade and morph into the current time and place rather than the past.  This cycle of works informing and diluting subsequent products is my way of combining traditional art materials and technology to enhance and play with the ways we abstractly experience the world in the 21stcentury.  

By moving through a virtual 3D painting, every viewer has unique and countless different perspectives and paths, and is not hindered by any physical obstacle.  By walking through marks and being  contained within the space of a painting, the viewer becomes an integral part of the artwork. 


Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning creates large abstract paintings, small works on paper, and virtual reality (VR) environments referencing cities, landscape and multiple perspectives.   

Bendler Browning’s works are included in several public collections such as the West Collection, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and PNC Tower, amongst others, and numerous private and corporate collections.   Her work is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, Galleri Urbane in Dallas, and Tinney Contemporary in Nashville.   She has presented 15 solo shows of her work in the last 15 years.  Her work has been included in art fairs such as at Art Miami, Aqua Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley, and Dallas Art Fair and has been featured in New American Paintings twice (2009 & 2013), The Studio Visit, Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Morning News, the artblog, polisblog, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constutition, and Drawing Magazine, among others.  She has been featured in  exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Weatherspoon Art Museum, James A. Michener Museum, Swarthmore College, Kutztown University, University of the Arts, West Chester University, Delaware Contemporary, Arlington Arts Center, and more.   A commissioned permanent work for the City of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia International Airport, awarded through a rigorous competition and selection process, was installed in February 2017.   Bendler Browning holds a BFA in Art with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (1997), a Master of Studio Art with high distinctions from Sydney College of the Arts (2000), and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art (2003).  She has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 2001. 

MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, 2003
Graduate Seminar in Art Theory/Art Criticism, Temple University Rome, Italy, 2003
MSA in Painting, with High Distinctions, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia, 2000 BFA in Art, 
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997
Study Abroad at Temple University, Rome, Italy, 1996 


2019, Places to Be, Tinney Contemporary, Concept Space, Nashville, TN

2018, All at Once, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Texas

2018, All at Once and Sequences, with Carol Mode, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2017, Relativity, Knauer Gallery, West Chester University, curated by Kate Stewart

2017, Nonstop, Permanent Public Art Commission for City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal E, selected as a Percent for Art Project 

2017, Carved Time, Painting Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA, curated by Charles Browning and Marcellino Stuhmer

2012-2013, Clickpath, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2012, Upheaval, Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal E, Philadelphia, PA.

2011,Fall SOLOS, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA.

2011, Splinters, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.

2010, Wind Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. 

2009, Pattern Language, AHN|VHS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2009, Solo Series 2009, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA. 

2008, Urban Reef, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA. 

2004, Instability, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA.



2019, Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, with Bridgette Mayer Gallery

2019, Art on Paper 2019, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro

2018, Aqua Art Miami, with Bridgette Mayer Gallery

2018, Group Holiday exhibition, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2018, Into the Light, Rail Park Benefit, curated by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2018, Bread and Butter, Galleri Urbane, Dallas TX

2016-2017, The Death of Impressionism?  Disruption and Innovation in Art, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA, curated by Kirsten Jensen

2016, Philadelphia Painters, Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, curated by Mark Mahosky

2015, Summer Show, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014, Art Silicon Valley, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, San Mateo, CA

2014 & 2013, Benefit Exhibition, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014, Young & Fun: Abstraction, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013, Dallas Art Fair, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Booth, Dallas, TX

2013 & 2012, Art Miami, Bridgette Mayer Gallery Booth, Miami, FL

2012, Shifting Speeds, curated by Andrea Packard, The Painting Center, New York, NY. 

2012, Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Temple Gallery, curated by Rob Blackson, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. 

2011, Karmic Abstraction, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2011, Collage Perspectives, curated by Andrea Packard, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

2011, Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts ,Philadelphia, PA, curated by Julien Robson

2011, CONSTRUCT, curated by Amie Potsic, CFEVA Fellows, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA. 

2011, Victory for Tyler: Works on Paper, juror: Robert Storr, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA. 

2011, Introductions: 2011, CFEVA 2011 CDP Fellows, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA. 

2011, Paint Snob 2011, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.

2010, Seepages, curated by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA. 

2010, On the Rise, curated by Jenny Laden, The Art Gallery at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA. 

2010, Paint Snob 2010, Gallery 500X, Dallas, TX.

2009, Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2009, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA. 

2009, Group Show Benefit, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2009, Rack and File: Selected Works from the Flat File, AHN|VHS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 

2009, Crossing Lines, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.

2009, 23rdInternational Juried Exhibition, juror: Adelina Vlas, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. 

2008, Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, juror:

William Pym, 

2008, Paint Snob Invitational, McLennan Community College CSC Gallery, Waco, TX.

2006, One Planet, One Experiment, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2006, Works on Paper: 2006, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA. 

2004, Junto, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2004, Philadelphia Selections:5, Paley/Levy Galleries, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

2003, MFA Biennial: The Future is Now, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE 



2018 White Columns curated registry

2016 Purchase, Pennsylvania Convention Center

2014 Finalist, Percent for Art commission competition, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Short-list, West Prize, West Collection, Oaks, PA.

2011, Fellow, CFEVA Career Development Program, 2011-2012, Philadelphia, PA.

2011, Finalist, SOLOS, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA.

2010, Finalist, Fleisher Challenge Exhibition Series.

2010, Inclusion in Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY.

2010, Inclusion in Pierogi Gallery Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY.

2009, Honorable Mention, 23rdInternational Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. 

2004, Visiting Artist, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

2004, Resident Artist, Ora Lerman Trust, Laceyville, PA. 

2002, University Fellowship, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 

1997, University Honors; College of Fine Arts Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

1997, Samuel Rosenberg Award, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.



2018, Sitkin, Rachel, The Studio Visit, “Arden Bendler Browning”, feature, November 11

2018, Camplin, Todd, Modern Dallas blog, “Bread and Butter, curated by Adrian Zuniga”, August 20

2018, Patron Magazine (image)

2018, Camplin, Todd, ModernDallas blog, “It’s a New Year of Art in Dallas!”, February 13

2016, Shrift, Gwen, Bucks County Courier-Times, “Michener Museum looks at how New Hope School impressed later artists”, December 11.

2014 Findlay, Lauren, The artblog, “Young and Fun: Abstraction at Bridgette Mayer Gallery”, (with image of “Interim”), July 14.

2014, Newhall, Edith. “Summer Fun”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 27.

2013, New American Paintings blog, “Must see Painting Shows: January 2013”, January 9.

2013, Arthurs, Maegan, The artblog, “Chaos and harmony in Arden Bendler Browning’s cityscapes at Bridgette Mayer Gallery”, January 3.

2012, Prichard Manko, Marni, Philadelphia Style, “map quest”, December.

2012, Rabarison, Karolle, The Morning News, “Street Skew”, December 3.

2012, Newhall, Edith, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Bendler Browning’s Kaleidoscopic Images”, December 23.

2011, Proctor, Kenneth, “Arden Bendler Browning: Exuberant Chaos,”Drawing; volume 9, issue 34. © Interweave Press, LLC.

2011, Newhall, Edith.“Painterly Collage”, (with image of “Lag”), The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 26.

2011, Newhall, Edith.“‘Karmic Abstraction’ brings a tint of turquoise to renovated Bridgette Mayer Gallery,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 20.

2011, Grennan, Kira.“Five Artists Collage”, Inliquid Art + Design Blog, November 16.

2011, Campello, Lenny.“AAC Fall Solos 2011”, Old Town Crier and American Contemporary Art Magazine, November 11.

2011, Dube, Ilene. Central Jersey. “Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment at PAFA.” Central Jersey,, August 17.

2011, Murphy, Mary. The artblog. “Intimacy and Dynamism in PAFA's Urbanism.” the artblog,, August 10.

2011, Wasserman, Burt. “Urbanism.” Icon, August. 

2011, Sozanski, Edward. “Urbanism Focuses on Renewal and Decay in Cities.” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 31.

2011, Fabbri, Anne R. “The City We Inhabit (but never saw).” Broad Street Review, July 9. 

2011, Rochester, Katherine. “July First Friday Picks.” ,Philadelphia Weekly, June 29.

2011, Donohoe, Victoria. “Emerging Visual Artists Exhibit at the Icebox.” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 24.

2011, Donohoe, Victoria. “Artful images of abandonment.”, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25. 

2011 Carey, Ryan. “Now See This: CFEVA presents their 2011 fellows.”Philadelphia City Paper, February 3.

2010, Rosof, Libby. The artblog. “Last Chance: Fleisher Challenge.” the artblog,, November 20.

2010, Minutella, Erica. The artblog. “Wind Challenge curator conversation with Sue Spaid at Fleisher Art Memorial.” The artblog,, November 16.

2010, Sigrist, Peter. Polis.“Featured Artist: Arden Bendler Browning.” Polis,, September 4. 

2010, Fox, Catherine. “Caroline Lathan-Stiefel and crew make "Seepages" worth a view, at Whitespace.” ArtsCriticsATL,, July 10.

2010, Fox, Catherine. Access Atlanta. “Context shapes message of pieces in Whitespace show.” Access Atlanta,, July 8. Sirlin, Deanna. “Artists exchange ideas, techniques in ‘Seepages’. Creative Loafing Atlanta, July 2. 

2010, Salisbury, Stephan. “Debut of new gallery - and emphasis on arts and culture - at City Hall.” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 17.

2010, Fallon, Roberta. “Art Time, Summer in the City: Art Gallery in City Hall.” Philadelphia Weekly, June 15. 

2009 Baer, Shaun. “It’s Christmahanakwanzakah Time, People: Year in Review.” Funnel Pages, December 21.

2009, Rosof, Libby. The artblog. “First Friday Layer Cake.” the artblog,, October 8. 

2009, Rupp, Jaqueline. ”Spring Solo Series @ Abington Art Center.” Uwishunu, March 13.

2009, Holden, Joanne. “Abington Scores with Four Dynamic ‘Solos.”Times Chronicle, March 11.

2008 Donohoe, Victoria. “Meyer at Main Line.” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 14.

2006 Hill, Lori. “Paper Champion.”The City Paper, April 13-19. 

2006, Rosof, Libby. The artblog. “Anti-Matter and Fresh Air at Arcadia.” the artblog,, April 5.

2004, Sozanski, Edward J. “Young and Talented.” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24.

2004, Fallon, Roberta. “Editor’s Pick: ‘Junto.’”Philadelphia Weekly, December 22.

2004, Rice, Robin. “Shiny Happy People.” The City Paper, August 26.

2004, Fallon, Roberta. “Young at Art.” Philadelphia Weekly, June 20.



2018 “Arden Bendler Browning : Australian Road Trip Sketches and Smartphone Photos / January-April 2018”, full color artist book, self-published with Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

2013 New American Paintings #104, juror: Nina Gara Bozicnik

2012 Drawing, “Exhuberant Chaos”, by Ken Procter, Summer issue.

2011 Karmic Abstraction, catalogue, with essay by John Yau.

2011 International Painting Annual #1, Manifest Gallery, Cincinatti, OH.

2009 Drawing, "Effective Use of Color", by Ken Procter, Summer Issue.

2009 International Drawing Annual #4, Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Gallery, Cincinatti, OH.

2009 New American Paintings #81, juror: George Kinghorn, Director, University of Maine Museum of Art.



2017, visiting critic, Moore College of Art

2017, studio visits for Maryland Institute College of Art Professional Practice courses

2017, studio visits for Tyler School of Art Advanced Painting classes

2017, artist talk, West Chester University (open to public) 

2017, panelist, Percent for Art public art competition, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy

2012, artist lecture, University of the Arts M.F.A. Program, Philadelphia, PA

2012, visiting artist and artist mentor, University of the Arts M.F.A. Program, Philadelphia, PA

2012, "Looking in Philadelphia", panel discussion with Mary Seton Corboy, Amy Hillier, and Kenneth Finkel, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

2011 “Collage Perspectives”, panel discussion with Chie Fueki, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Ken Kewley, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

2011, Art Salad, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE 

2011, "The Role of Place in Contemporary Art", Panel Discussion with Roberta Fallon, Libby Rosof, Mark Harris, Greg Cook, and Ben Petersen, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA