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Abbey Ryan
Still Life With Peach, Ink Bottle and Eucalyptus
6" x 7", oil on linen on panel

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Abbey Ryan (b. 1979)

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, landscape and still life painter Abbey Ryan draws in her studio work from the experiences growing up on the shores of the Atlantic and scuba diving in the warm waters of the North Pacific. "In a broad sense, her work reflects the friction and fragility intrinsic to places like these."

Her painting work has been written about in dozens of print and web publications, including a featured article on Abbey and her work in the "Live Your Best Life - Women Who Make Beautiful Things" section of O, The Oprah Magazine (February 2011) issue, Seth Godin's most recent bestseller, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, and posts about her "A Painting a Day" project on BOINGBOING.  In conjunction with this project, Abbey's work is in hundreds of private and public collections all over the world including Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, England, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, and Chile.

In addition to working full time in her studio in Philadelphia, Ryan teaches workshops nationally and internationally and is also a visiting assistant professor at Arcadia University.

MFA Painting, Hunter College/CUNY, New York, NY. 2007.
BFA Painting, Arcadia University. Glenside, PA. 2003.
BA Scientific / Pre-Medical Illustration, Arcadia University. Glenside, PA. 2003.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dept. of Art as Applied to Medicine. Baltimore, MD. 2003.
Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA. 2003. Studied with Charles Sovek.
The Art Students League of New York. New York, NY. 2001. Studied with David A. Leffel.

Selected Solo / Two-Person Exhibitions:
2010  Average, Wind Challenge II, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.

2009  Pratt Institute at Munson-Williams-Proctor, School of Art Gallery, Utica, NY.

2007  Synergy, MFA Exhibition, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY. Catalogue.

2005  Brodsky Gallery, Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ.

2004  Like Mother, Like Daughter, Full Spectrum Art Gallery, Lakewood, NJ.

2003  Asbury Above, Asbury Park, NJ.
Synthetic Vision, BFA Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.

2002  Arabidopsis thaliana embryogenesis, BA Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011  Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.
The Artist's Process, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ.

2010  Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.
SEPCHE 2010, Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill, PA.
Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.
40 & Under, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Invitational.
Affinity, Mt. Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Philadelphia, PA. Four-person exhibition.
Small Works, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL.
Faculty Exhibition, Lares Building Gallery, Penn State Abington, Abington, PA.

2009  Harvest Festival, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA.
HEROES, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, F.U.E.L. House, Philadelphia, PA.
Artist + Object, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.

2008  Anonyme Zeichner 9, Blutenweiss, Berlin, Germany.
InLiquid Benefit v.8.0, Ice Box Projects Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA.
MCAC Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.

2007  InLiquid Benefit v.7.0, Ice Box Projects Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA.
Art and Craft Concepts, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ.
Anonyme Zeichner 6, Blutenweiss, Berlin, Germany.
Southworks 2007, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA.

2006  Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY.

2005  Alumni Association Show, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ.
Monmouth County Arts Council, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.

2004  Group Show, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ.
Monmouth County Arts Council, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.
Art for Life, Studioart100, Carlsbad, CA.

2003  Opening, Shine Society Gallery, New York, NY.

2002  REUNION 2002, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.
Arabidopsis, BA Thesis Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA.
Scientific Illustration Exhibition, The Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Awards:
Emerging Artist Grant, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. 2010.
Faculty Development Fund Award, Arcadia University. 2008, 2009-10, 2011.
Artist Award, RayMar Art Competition. 2008-09.
Finalist, RayMar Art Competition. 2008-09. (two times)
Exhibition Award. Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ. 2008.
Nancie Mattice Award. Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN. 2007.
Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York, NYC. 2001.
Ruth C. Grant Fine Arts Award, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. 2002.
Vira I. Heinz Summer Endowment, Awarded for volunteering work/study at the Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School, Pohnpei, Micronesia. 2001.

Selected Bibliography:
Abbey Ryan: "Live Your Best Life - Women Who Make Beautiful Things," O, The Oprah Magazine, by Katie Arnold-Ratliff. February issue.
"Abbey Ryan," Yale Radio - WYBCX, by Brainard Carey (of PRAXIS)New Haven, CT, February.
"Professional Artist To Paint," The Intelligencer, by Steve Smith, 11 February.
Interview with FOX News, 15 February.
"Arcadia Professor Abbey Ryan Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine." The New American Colleges and Universities. 2011.
"Professor Abbey Ryan—Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine—To Paint Live." Arcadia University, News Release. 31 January.
"Brainard Carey Interviews Abbey Ryan." Artist Marketing Resources. 31 January.
"O, The Oprah Magazine, Features Hunter MFA Alumna Abbey Ryan." Hunter College. 2011.
"Ryan’s Painting a Day Project Featured in Oprah's Magazine," The Bulletin, 25 January.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, by Seth Godin.
"Batchelor Among Those Who Inspired 'Daily Painter'." The Bulletin. 29 June.
"Ryan Featured in Four-Person Mount Airy Exhibition." The Bulletin. 21 September.
"Affinity: New Exhibition at Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space" by Colin Keefe. The Shuttle. June.
"Abbey Ryan: Genius, Capitalist and Worker?" by Lori Bauer. The Bulletin. 14 May.
"Galleries: Transforming Everyday Objects Into A Range of Artwork" by Edith Newhall. Review. The Inquirer. 31 January.
"Ryan Credits Faculty Fund for Fleisher Exhibition," by Purnell Cropper. The Bulletin. 15 January.
"Fleisher Art Memorial Announces the 2009-2010 Wind Challenge Exhibition Series," Art Daily, 12 September.
"Abbey Ryan," by John Kelley. Recent Art by Exceptional Artists. September.
"Abbey Ryan's Painting" by Mark Frauenfelder. 3 June.
"Abbey Ryan Makes One Painting a Day," by Craig Phares. Craig Phares. June.
"Ryan’s Strawberry PB&J Half Wins Art Competition," The Bulletin. 8 May.
"Abbey Ryan," by Raymond Logan. Daily Painter Review. February.
"Ode to Tomatoes," Every Photo Tells A Story. 19 January.
"Le doughnut à l’étroit," Vers Minuit. January.
"Our Favorite Blogs: Ryan Studio," PC Magazine. January. On
"Prouk's Picks," by Gary Prouk. Applied Arts Magazine. January.
Colour, Obsession, Joy and Torment: The Daily Painters Art Gallery by Micah Condon.
"Ryan Posts Painting a Day on eBay." The Bulletin. 16 December.
"Mandarijntje gepeld door kunstenares," by Ron van Gelderen. kunst. 30 November.
"Stuff that makes me happy," by Jason Mendolara. Jason Mendolara.
"Outliers - 10,000 Hours for Success," by Marelisa Fabrega. 17 November.
"How to buy good art on the cheap, possibly in your bathrobe," by Elise. Tranquil Parent. 14 November.
"Abbey Ryan maakt dagelijks snoepwerk," by Ron van Gelderen. kunst. 14 November.
"Abbey Ryan," by Amy Goodwin. Amy Goodwin. 31 October.
“Pinturas para tu cocina...,” by Madeleine. Curiosidades Gastronomicas. 15 October.
"A Painting a Day," by Rob Haggart. A Photo Editor. 9 October.
"Accessorize the Kitchen Wall" by Brian Krepshaw. 9 October.
“??????? ???????,” Polovinkajaa. 7 October.
"Abbey Ryan's Painting a Day" by Mark Frauenfelder. 6 October.
"One Painting Per Day," Medium Voice. 6 October.
"Abbey Ryan," by Nina Marcolini. Fine Art Gallery. 4 July.
"Not enough time," by Michelle. On 22 May.
"A Painting a Day Keeps the Doctor Away," Hidden In France. 13 May.
"Ryan Studio," by Eric Maldre. Etsy Art. 28 January.
"It's all in the Painterly Details," Empty Easel. 2 January.
"Where color reigns,” by Joyce Beckenstein. The Suffolk Times, Greenport, New York. 24 January.
"Abigail Ryan," by Charley Parker. Lines and Colors. 13 November.
"Art for all ages,” by Liz Wood. The Suffolk Times, Greenport, New York. 3 May.
"Both Sides of the Brain,” by Sage Dahlen. The Wake Magazine, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1 March.
"(Scientific) Aesthetics,” by Dan Haugen. The Northeast Beat, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2 March.
"All In The Family," Brandy Roon. The Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, NJ. 20 May.
"Becoming Abbey," Jason Thompson. triCityNews, Asbury Park, NJ. 8 April. page 22.
"The Art of Transformation", Maria Maber. The Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, NJ. 16 February.
"Local sites: triCity Webby Awards," Jason Thompson. triCityNews, Asbury Park, NJ. 24 December.
"Local Sites:," Jason Thompson. triCityNews, Asbury Park, NJ. 4 December.
"Loft Tour Alumns," Jason Thompson. triCityNews, Asbury Park, NJ. 13 November.

Presentational Painting III, Hunter College / Times Square Gallery, New York, New York. 2008. Catalogue. Authored texts on the artists.
“Toward a Systems Approach to Understanding Plant Cell Walls,” by C.R. Somerville, et al., Science 306, 2206-2210. Arabidopsis thaliana illustration.
The Merton Seasonal, A Quarterly Review. Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. Vol. 26, No. 4. Winter 2001. Cover illustration.

Teaching Experience:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Design, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. 2010—present.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Art & Design, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. 2007—2010.
Lecturer of Art, Penn State Abington, Abington, PA. 2010.
Drawing Workshop Instructor, Philadelphia, PA. 2010.
Painting Workshop Instructor, Philadelphia, PA. 2008, 2009.
Teaching Assistant, Hunter College, NYC. 2006—7.
Volunteer, Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP), Pohnpei, Micronesia. 2001.

Professional  Memberships:
College Art Association
Daily Paintworks (invitational)
Daily Painters (juried)
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts
American Association of Botanical Artists
Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators
Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Micronesia
PADI SCUBA Dive Society, Certified Adventure Diver

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