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BIO

Born in 1983 in San Diego, California, Brittany Ryan received her formal education at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Graduating in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration and a minor in Sculpture.  After working as an illustrator for two years Brittany began work toward her Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting, at the same institution.  In 2008 Brittany had the opportunity to study portrait painting at Florence Academy, in Florence, Italy as part of her MFA program which graduated in the spring of 2010 with a MFA from Laguna college of Art and Design. 

 

Brittany has a strong relationship with local museums, especially the Laguna Art Museum, participating in their annual fundraising show and  was a showcased artist in the Palette to Palette event. Brittany was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields grant, a prestigious award created to support the success and development of emerging representational artists.  In the spring of 2018 Brittany completed a three year long monumental sculpture project consisting of four walking figures at heroic scale cast in bronze. The sculptures are placed at the historic main campus of Laguna College of Art and Design. Brittany created the design and concept for the works and then directed her students in the execution of three of the figures final scale and then sculpted one of the figures on her own. 

 

Brittany currently lives and works in Southern California, is periodically involved in group shows as well as being an instructor and sculpture department coordinator at Laguna College of Art + Design since 2014. 

STATEMENT

In my sculptures and paintings I endeavor to describe the pleasures of solidarity and shared experiences among women.  Some figures exist in ethereal environments, giving a sense of being a symbols, for different aspects both positive and negative of women.  Other works are in home settings or with furniture, these woman are more of a representation of the interior life, both physically and mentally. In my paintings and sculpture furniture and clothing are very important, as they are some of the strongest social signifiers in women’s lives. 

 

CV

Exhibitions / Awards

 

86th Annual Winners Exhibition-  New York, NY 2019 

National Sculpture Society's Silver Medal/Maurice B. Hexter Prize - Brookgreen Gardens, SC 2019

National Sculpture Society’s 86th Annual Juried Show - Brookgreen Gardens, SC 2019

In Search of the Real III - Faculty Show, LCAD Gallery on Forest - Laguna Beach, 2019 

California Art Club - Juried Sculpture Artist, Pasadena,CA 2019

Roger T. Williams Prize at Richard McDermott Sculpture competition Hosted by NSS - New York City, NY 2019

Millennial - Fallbrook Library, Fallbrook, CA 2019

In Search of the Real II - Faculty Show, LCAD Gallery on Forest, Laguna Beach, CA 2018

California Cool - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 2018

Canyon Walkers Solo Show - LCAD Gallery on Forest, Laguna Beach, CA 2017

California Cool - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 2017

Trickle Down - Del Mar Art Academy, San Clemente, CA 2017

Ugly Children Solo Exhibition - B- Studios, Santa Ana, CA 2016

Elizabeth Greenshields Grant - Quebec, Canada 2015

The Art of the Heist - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 2014

Festival of Art Exhibitor - Laguna Beach, CA 2011 - 2014    

Palette to Palette - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 2013 

The Flip Side - LCAD Faculty Show LCAD Gallery on Forest, Laguna Beach, CA 2013                                                  

1x8x16 Solo Exhibition - JGK Gallery, Rochester, NY 2013

Group Exhibition - Cavalier Fine Art, Greenwich, CT 2013

Contemporary Traditionalists - Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA 2012

The Dress Makes the Girl MFA Thesis Show - Arena One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2010

     

Public Sculpture 

 

“Canyon Walkers”         Laguna Beach,CA

Monumental scale group of four bronze figure sculptures installed at Laguna College of Art + Design.

Installed 2018

 

“Portrait of Char Burgess” Redlands, CA

Life size portrait in bronze of Dean Char Burgess, displayed Redlands University.

Installed 2017

 

Publications

Coast Magazine “Artist Spotlight” 2019

LA Times “Debut of the Canyon Walkers project” 2018

Juxtapose Magazine “Canyon Walkers Exhibition” 2016

OC Register “Project proposal of Canyon Walkers” 2016

Coast Magazine “Contemporary Traditionalists” 2012

 

Collections and Memberships

 

 

California Art Club Juried Artist Member, Pasadena, CA

Dean Koonz, Newport Beach, CA

Stance Clothing Company - San Clemente, CA

Louis and Laura Rohl - Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna College of Art and Design - Permanent Collection 

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters - Permanent Collection 

Private Collections in Southern California, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Canada. 

 

Education

 

2010    MFA, Laguna College of Art and Design                                                          Laguna Beach, CA

2008    Florence Academy - Portrait painting                                                                    Florence, Italy                    

2005    BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design                                                           Laguna Beach, CA

 

Teaching Experience 

 

2013 to Present - Laguna College of Art + Design BFA

 

Sculpture Department Coordinator

  • Designing overarching curriculum for sculpture program in coordination with the drawing and painting program.

  • Advise advanced students on senior portfolio body of work incorporating both sculpture and painting.  

  • Management of sculpture studio, equipment and materials. 

  • Consult on hiring, training and management of sculpture instructors. 

Sculpture Faculty 

  • Fundamentals of Figure and Portrait Sculpture

  • Intermediate and Advanced Figure Sculpture

  • Fantasy Sculpture 

  • Fundamentals of Drawing

  • Fundamentals of Figure Drawing  

  • Senior Portfolio

 

2018 to Present - Laguna College of Art and Design MFA

Mentor and Advisor

  • Meet with students to develop their thesis body of artwork and thesis paper. Advising on both formal and conceptual elements. 

 

2016 to Present - Fullerton College 

Adjunct Professor Figure Sculpture 

 

2018 to Present - Saddleback College 

Adjunct Professor Figure Sculpture 

 

2008 - 2019      The Art Studio- Instructor