2002 MFA- Painting and Printmaking- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2000 BA- Studio Art, BA- English- Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
ONE & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 Building Blocks, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2014 New Geometric Constructs, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2014 Surfaces + Structures, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2013 Macro, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2013 Ashlynn Browning: New Paintings, Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 New Angles, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2011 Personal Geometries, UNC-Greensboro, Elliott Center Gallery, Greensboro, NC
2011 Striking Balance, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2011 Geometry Personified, Gallery 80808/Vistas Studios, Columbia, SC
2010 Meet Ashlynn Browning, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2010 Hexagons, Grids & Webs, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC
2009 building/burning/growing- part II, Siskate Gallery, Charlotte NC
2008 building/burning/growing, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2007 Bridging the Inner Landscape, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2006 Mixed Media, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
2006 New Mixed Media Works, Rotunda Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2005 New Drawings, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2005 Drawing on the Moment, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2004 Marked Time, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2003 Blind Lines, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015 Angular Existence, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2015 Uniquely Human, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2014 The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2014 Foundations, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2014 Across the Board, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
2014 Real Beauty, Carroll Square Gallery, Washington, DC
2014 Pairs, Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
2013 The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2013 Independents, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2012 Geometry, Carrboro Town Hall, Carrboro, NC
2012 Contemporary Carolina Abstraction, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC
2011 Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2011 Faction, ArtStreet Gallery, University of Dayton, OH
2011 Collective Consciousness, Artspace, Galway, Ireland
2011 Carolina's Got Art, (traveling exhibition), Arts & Heritage Center, N. Augusta, SC
2011 Carolina's Got Art, (traveling exhibition), Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC
2011 New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2010 Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2010 Unwrap Your Mind, THAT Gallery, Hong Kong
2010 Color Fields, Forms & Fractures, if ART Gallery, Columbia SC
2010 Geometric Constructs, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2010 NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
2009 Works on Paper, Gallery Pantone 278, Charlotte, NC
2009 Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2009 New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print Vol. 82, Southern edition
2008 Landscape, Hallway Projects, San Francisco, CA
2008 NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
2007 Tangible Gestures, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2007 The Kindness of Strangers, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2007 Letters, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, UK
2007 New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2006 Drawing x 3 Artists, Vignettes, Raleigh, NC
2006 Everything Falls Apart, Nested, Carrboro, NC
2006 Introductions ‘06, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006 New and Hot, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2006 New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2005 New Members Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2004 Abstraction, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY
2004 The Triangle's Best Art-Part II, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2004 Surface Matters, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, NC
2003 Mid-Winter Paper, three-person exhibition, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2003 Three Emerging Artists, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC
2002 Coterie Treize, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2002 New Works, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2000 N.C. Women Artists: 20th Century Trends, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2000 Meredith College Faculty Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
2006 Your Art Here, City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC
2006 Discovering Contemporary Art in the Carolinas, Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC
2004 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2002 The Altered Landscape, Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough, NC
2002 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS
2015 Dave Bown Projects juried competition, honorable mention
2015 New American Paintings, featured artist
2014 Selected- International Artists' Symposium, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
2010 Carolina’s Got Art juried exhibition, Elder Gallery, first prize
2005 United Arts Council, Regional Artist Project Grant
2005 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Grant
2009 New American Paintings, featured artist
2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant
2009 Virginia Center for Creative Arts
2007 Virginia Center for Creative Arts
2005 Vermont Studio Center
Vitiello, Chris, "Abstract art entwines with reality in a group show at Meredith College," Independent Weekly, March, 4, 2015.
Zevitas, Steven, ed. New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Vol. 118, Juror
Dominic Molon. Open Studios Press, Boston MA, June 2015.
Jacobson, Louis, "Genius or Gobbledygook?," Washington City Paper, May 13, 2014.
Berlangero, Tom, "Forms of Abstraction: Eric Mack and Ashlynn Browning at Whitespace,”
Burnaway, March 21, 2014. Feaster, Felicia, "In Atlanta, 2 Artists Tackling Ideas of Imagined, Created Space,"
Atlanta Journal - Constitution, March 20, 2014.
Roefs, Wim. "Macro,” catalogue essay, September, 2013.
Carpenter, Edie. "Independents,” catalogue essay, April, 2013.
Vitiello, Chris. "New Angles,” exhibition essay, November, 2012.
Rooney, E. Ashley. 100 Southern Artists. Schiffer Books, 2012.
Helpren, Max, "Art News," Raleigh Downtowner, Vol. 6, Issue 6, June 2010.
Jarvis, Craig, "Painter Says New Work Surprises Her," News and Observer, April 11, 2010.
St. Lewis, Louis, "Spring Brings Hope," Metro Magazine, April issue, 2010.
Zevitas, Steven, ed. New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Vol. 82, Juror
Ron Platt. Open Studios Press, Boston MA, June 2009.
White, Amy, "Flotsam Boats and Painterly Jetsam," Independent Weekly, Sept. 24, 2008.
St. Lewis, Louis. "Browning at Flanders," Metro Magazine, Sept. issue, 2008.
Stoddard, Leah. “Tangible Gestures,” catalogue essay, November, 2007.
White, Amy. “Ashlynn Browning and John Maggio Interpret the Natural World,” Independent Weekly, August 22, 2007.
Natale, Michele. “Critic’s Picks for Best Art,” News and Observer, August 3, 2007.
Sung, Ellen. "Gadfly Champions N.C. Art History," News and Observer, Jan. 28, 2007.
St. Lewis, Louis. "Area Artists Create Italian Themes for Second Mannequin Ball", Metro Magazine, Dec. issue, 2006.
Natale, Michele. “New, Hot and Talented,” Independent Weekly, June 28, 2006.
Sung, Ellen. “On View,” News and Observer, June 23, 2006.
Natale, Michele. "Lucky Number Seven," Independent Weekly, June 21, 2006.
Greenberg, Blue. "Ten Best Shows Triangle 2005," Herald-Sun, Dec. 29, 2005.
Greenberg, Blue. "Drawing on the Moment," Herald-Sun, April 24, 2005.
St. Lewis, Louis. "Hot Month for Art," Metro Magazine, April issue, 2005.
Natale, Michelle. "Critic's Picks," News and Observer, Jan. 7, 2005.
Lucas, Scott. "Surface Matters," Creative Loafing, Aug.18, 2004.
Amenoff, Gregory. "Joan Mitchell Foundation 2002-03 MFA Grant Recipients Exhibition," catalogue essay, June, 2004.
Lassiter, Joie. "Surface Matters,” catalogue essay, February, 2004.
Ashlynn Browning earned her BA in Studio Art and English from Meredith College and her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of NC at Greensboro. She has received grants and residency fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, United Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Browning’s work was featured in the 2015 and 2009 Southern editions of New American Paintings, as well as in recent exhibitions in Columbia, Atlanta, New Jeresy and Washington DC. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC and Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta GA.
My work merges geometric forms with an intuitive, ever changing process of applying paint. Many of the forms in my work from 2009-2013 functioned as stand-ins for figures. These single figures represented implied narratives and personal psychologies as they stood hesitant, crooked and brooding or upright and boldly assured. Each one showed a side of myself.
Since 2013, I've become interested more in creating a sense of place, rather than a singular geometric form that is personified. I have been experimenting with stacking and aligning forms and exploring the relationships between them. There is still an element of the forms standing in for figures, but now they exist in groupings and in a more architectural context. As always, exploring material and process is my greatest focus.
The hexagons and webs of my work from 5 years ago still exist within the current paintings, but have been partially buried beneath chunkier, squared off forms that play with weight and architecture. The views into the underlying layers are more closed off and opaque now. These new paintings bring to mind urban architecture, grids, windows, bricks and walls.
Experimenting with the idea of opposing forces continues to be an important part of my work. Bold color is set against muted color, geometric forms mix with organic ones, and graphic pattern and texture play off smooth color fields. These are variables that I mix and layer in multiple stages until a resonant image appears.
The many layers in each piece speak both to the history of the painting’s creation, as well as to the hidden parts of ourselves that we conceal and reveal in time. I know a painting is complete when it has become its own separate entity, one with a sense of dignity and self.
My personal gauge for a successful piece is that once it’s complete, a sense of mystery remains. I look back and have no real grasp on how the finished painting came to be. It is distinct from me and has a life of its own now.