Ashlynn Browning


     2002     MFA- Painting and Printmaking
                  University of North Carolina at Greensboro
     2000      BA- Studio Art, BA- English
                   Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

      2011       Striking Balance, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
      2011       Geometry Personified, if ART Gallery, 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
                     Blind Lines, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

      2011       Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
      2011       Faction, ArtStreet: University of Dayton, 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
      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,
      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, NY, NY

      2006        Discovering Contemporary Art in the Carolinas, Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC
      2004        Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
                      The Altered Landscape, Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough, NC
      2002        MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

      2010        Carolina’s Got Art juried exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, first prize
      2009        New American Paintings publication, selected artist
      2009        Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship
      2007        Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Residency Fellowship
      2005        United Arts Council, Regional Artist Project Grant
      2005        Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency Grant
      2002        Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant

      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, Curator
      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 has received grants and residency fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, United Arts Council, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Recent exhibitions include the University of Dayton, Ohio, Artspace, Galway, Ireland and THAT Gallery, Hong Kong. Browning’s work was featured in the 2009 Southern edition of New American Paintings, and she will be included in the upcoming book 100 Southern Artists due out in 2012 from Schiffer Books. The artist lives in Raleigh, NC where she maintains a studio at Artspace and is represented by Flanders Gallery. She is also represented by if ART Gallery in Columbia, SC.


In my current series, I’m interested in creating a hybrid of geometric forms and intuitive process. The geometric forms function as stand-ins for figures, each with its own body language, mood and narrative.  Some are precarious and toppling, others bold and assured. The forms represent different sides of me and of those closest to me, all striving to reach a balance and to reconcile the layers of self we hide and wrestle with in relation to those around us.
Experimenting with the idea of opposing forces is a large part of this series. Bright color against muted, geometric forms mixing with organic, painterly texture against smooth color fields- these are variables that I mix and layer in multiple stages until a resonant image is formed.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Philip Guston, Thomas Nozkowski, and Amy Sillman, I find this tug of war between representation and abstraction to be endlessly intriguing.  Each painting in this series has taught me something new and has continued a cycle of discovery. Those feelings of exploration and inventiveness are my chief pleasure in the studio.

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