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
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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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
SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS
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.