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Patricia Anne Bender
Somerset NJ US
Updated: 2021-06-02 11:36:11


Patricia A. Bender (b. 1954, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a visual artist living and working in New Jersey and Michigan. She began studying photography in the early 2000s, and was hooked from the moment she shot and developed her first image. She works exclusively in the darkroom with black and white media, and personally creates each image from the moment it is conceived through the finished gelatin silver print.  She has recently added drawing to her artistic practice and is actively experimenting with using her drawings as paper negatives in the darkroom.

Bender has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including being named to the 2018 Critical Mass Top 50 and as a 2020 Critical Mass Finalist.  Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, The Hand Magazine, Lenscratch, The O/D Review and Analog Forever Magazine, among others.  Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Michigan State University, as well as many other public, corporate, and private collections.

Solo Exhibitions

2022  Euclid Unbound, B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ. 

2021. Plain + Simple Geometry, Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, Olivet College, Olivet, MI.

          Euclidean Dreams, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. 

2019.  Euclidean Pursuits, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.

2018.  The Rhythm of Geometry, Frames + Framers Art Gallery, Millburn, NJ.

Selected Two-Person + Group Exhibitions

2021   Colored Pencil Redux, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, New York.

           Drawing From Life, Hamilton Street Gallery, South Bound Brook, NJ

2020.  The Wisdom of Trees, with Mary Leck, Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton, NJ.

           Art Fair 14C, with Bob Bernstein, Jersey Cituy, NJ.

2019.  UnBound 8, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA.

           Diversity: Alternative Paths in Contemporary Photography, Wichita Falls Museum of Art,

           Wichita Falls, TX.      

           Abstraction Attraction, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.

           Arborescence, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ.

2018.  Drawn to Print, (Scene) Metrospace, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

           Depth of Field 2018, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.

           Tree Talk, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.

           Photography 38, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ.

           Size Matters, Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, CA.

           A Facility for Photogenia, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.

           9th National Juried Photography Exhibition, Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ.

2017.  Elemental Light, Alex Ferrone Gallery, North Fork, NY.

           Mudras, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO.

           Metro 31, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ.

           What is Nature, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.

           Space, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.

           Photography 37, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ.

           Unique Vision 19, Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ.

Site specific

2017.  Art in the Sky, Billboard Artist, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI.

           From Small to Large, Tin Box Exhibits, international travelling art exhibition.

2016.  Pop Up Art, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI.

           A Hope, Prayer & A Dream, Foto Fest, Houston, TX.

Selected Honors + Awards

2020  Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR.

2019   Directors Award, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.

2018.  Critical Mass Top 50, Photolucida, Portland, OR.

           Selection to Juried Artist Registry, White Columns, NY, NY.

2016. Chris Clark Fellowship, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI.

          Artist in Residence, Glen Arbor Arts Center, Glen Arbor, MI.


Harper’s Magazine

The Hand Magazine

Selected Features + Interviews


The O/D Review


Float Magazine

Analog Forever Magazine

Underexposed Magazine


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Michigan State University