Teri Dryden: Collages to Die For


For years in Louisville, I saw the collages of Teri Dryden, and was riveted by her uncanny ability to place together every piece of torn paper to create a perfectly unified field of incongruent, yet visually connected torn scraps. Her collages vibrate with decisively placed color and shape. Symphonies of seemingly random, yet innately balanced pieces of torn edges, rough contrasting pigments and typography sing a hallelujah chorus of undeniable strength and boldness.


Janis Kirstein




“i plunge into each piece of work as if it were an adventure into the unknown. with no specific outcome in mind, i respond to the changes in the picture as i explore and interact with materials by layering paint and paper, scratching, sanding and marking, creating open spaces, altering and adjusting,” Teri says.




“i move between intuition and logic; chaos and order. being aware and open, taking risks with the materials, as well as the struggle itself allows me to be in the moment to reflect and interpret a history that evolves on the canvas before my eyes.








Teri Dryden’s unorthodox path to becoming an artist began with immersion in an ancient art form in which she, herself was the medium. A theatre major at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, she excelled in physical expression and comedy. At the urging of an instructor, she auditioned and won a coveted spot as one of the few female clowns in the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus. For two unforgettable years, she performed in every state in the U.S. in one of the most colorful and visually stimulating environments imaginable.



She then moved to Los Angeles and became an award-winning stage actress, but left the stage when her first child was born. After making beautiful fiber art for several years, Teri decided to take an art class, and discovered a latent talent and passion for painting and drawing. During a remarkably short and prolific period, she won several awards and sold dozens of paintings and drawings to rapt fans who recognized her unique sense of composition and color in dramatic florals and still-lives. She feels she has found her true aesthetic after discovering the fascinating world of mixed media and collage.



She is a member of the collage artists of America, National Collage Society and Women Painters West. Her work is included in many private and public collections and has been exhibited in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions across the country.



Collector’s Choice: Michael Cutlip










Microsoft Corporation
Triton Museum of Art / Santa Clara, CA
David & Lucile Packard Foundation / Palo Alto, CA
Benefit Cosmetics / San Francisco, CA
HopeLab / Redwood City, CA
Sense Fine Art / Woodside, CA
Mondry Associates / San Mateo, CA
Blue Juice Restaurant and Bar / Tokyo, Japan
Sutter Health / CA

Private Collections
Sarah McLachlan (singer / songwriter)





New American Paintings / A juried competition in print, West Coast Edition / 2005
Alameda County Arts Commission Purchase Grant / Semi-Finalist / 2005
Recipient of the CSUH Solicitation Program Award / 1998
San Mateo County Fair, Gold Award in Print Media / 1998
Recipient of the University Art Center Award / 1999
San Mateo County Fair, Honorable Mention in Print Media Award / 1999
Burlingame Art Society Annual Juried Show, Honorable Mention / 2000






Exhibition Catalog _New Paintings by Michael Cutlip / Donna Seager Gallery / 2010
Exhibition Catalog / Play Land, new works by Michael Cutlip / Seager Gray Galllery 2012
Fault Zone, Stepping up to the Edge / Cover image / Published 2011
The Lamp with Wings, By Michael Vizsolyi / Published by Harper Collins / Cover Image / Published 2011
California, by Jennifer Denrow / Published by Four Way Books / Cover Image / Published 2011
Fault Zone Words, From the Edge an Anthology of Stories / Cover Image / published 2010
Marin Magazine / Cover Image / Feb. 2009 issue
Southwest Art Magazine….Featured Artist / “Artist to Watch”…Feb. 2009 issue
National Poetry Review / cover image / Spring 2009
Atlantan Magazine….”Pretty Boys“…Dec. 2008
Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine
Events Page…Dec. 2008 issue
Artist Interview with myartspace.com: / Published Sept. 2007
New American Paintings / A juried competition in print, Book #61 , West Coast Edition/ 2005
Traditional Home Magazine / Spring 2006
Silicon Valley Magazine/ Featured Artist/ Dec. 2004
Silicon Valley Magazine/ Seven Bay Area Artists/ Oct. 2004
Gallery Guide/ North-West Edition/ April 2004
Haywire/ Cal State Hayward Alumni Magazine/ Alumni profile / Summer 2004
Notre Dame University/ The Bohemian/ Spring 2004
San Mateo Daily Journal (Bi-Monthly, local artist profile)/ November 15, 2003
Gallery Guide/ February 2001/ Summer edition 2001/ Summer Edition 2003
Reflections (The Philosophy Journal Of California State University Hayward, volume 4)

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