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, and local, national and international art associations. Recently 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 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.
My most recent sculptures investigate the beauty and psychology of people in transition from childhood to adulthood; as we become socially aware of the judgement of others and finding our place within a social group. I have placed them in one of the most vulnerable positions we commonly put ourselves, a bathing suit. These works also examine the idea story and character. The sculptures have a specificity of portrait, clothing and shape which imbue them with a force of will and identity, beyond the judgment placed upon common one-dimensional representations of sexuality and beauty.
Exhibitions / Awards
Top honor, Gold Medal & Charlotte Geffken Prize at National Sculpture Society's 87th Annual Juried show-
Brookgreen Gardens, SC 2020
California Art Club Gold Metal Show - Hilbert Museum, Orange, CA 2020
Forrealism - Three person show, Haus of Maha, Los Angles, CA - 2020
FInalist - 22nd Annual International Competition-National Portrait Society, Orlando, FL 2020
Finalist - Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize - 2020
Silver Medal/Maurice B. Hexter Prize 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, CA 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
“Canyon Walkers” Laguna Beach,CA
Monumental scale group of four bronze figure sculptures installed at Laguna College of Art + Design.
“Portrait of Char Burgess” Redlands, CA
Life size portrait in bronze of Dean Char Burgess, displayed Redlands University.
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.
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
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.
Fundamentals of Figure and Portrait Sculpture
Intermediate and Advanced Figure Sculpture
Fundamentals of Drawing
Fundamentals of Figure Drawing
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