Patricia A. Bender (b. 1954, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a photo-based 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.
Bender has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. She is an artist on the White Columns curated artist registry, and 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, and she is a featured artist in the seminal Routledge Press book The Experimental Darkroom, edited by Christina Anderson.
Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Michigan State University, and Olivet College, as well as many other public, corporate, and private collections.
Cosmology, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY.
Drawn to Line, B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ.
Plain + Simple Geometry, Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, Olivet College, Olivet, MI.
Euclidean Dreams, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
Euclidean Pursuits, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.
The Rhythm of Geometry, Frames + Framers Art Gallery, Millburn, NJ.
Selected Group Exhibitions
The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, Center 415, New York, New York.
F22 Fine Art Prints, Filter Space, Chicago, IL.
Selected Work from the Olivet College Collection of Art, Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, Olivet, MI.
Expanding the View of Photography, Raritan Valley Community College Art Gallery, Branchburg, NJ.
Fragile, Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, NJ.
Enlighten, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
Colored Pencil Redux, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY.
Drawing Challenge XXI, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, NY.
The Wisdom of Trees: An Exhibition of Art + Science, Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands, Hamilton, NJ.
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The Wisdom of Trees
Connecting Distances, Rountree Gallery, Platteville, WI.
Postcards for the Pandemic, Click Photography Festival, Durham, NC.
Art Fair 14c, Hyatt Regency Exchange Plaza, Jersey City, NJ.
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.
Drawn to Print, (Scene) Metrospace, Michigan State University, E.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.
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 Arts Center, Watchung, NJ.
Art in the Sky, Billboard Artist, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI.
From Small to Large, Tin Box Exhibits, international travelling art exhibition.
Pop Up Art, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI.
A Hope, A Prayer & A Dream, Foto Fest, Houston, TX.
Selected Honors + Awards
Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida, Portland, OR.
Director's Award, solo exhibition + catalogue, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
Critical Mass Top 50, Photolucida, Portland, OR.
Selection to Juried Artist Registry, White Columns, NY, NY.
Chris Clark Fellowship, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing, MI.
Artist in Residence, Glen Arbor Arts Center, Glen Arbor, MI.
The Experimental Darkroom, edited by Christina Anderson, a Focal Press Book, featured artist
The Hand Magazine
Selected Features + Interviews
The O/D Review
Analog Forever Magazine
f/22 Fine Art Prints, Chicago, IL, limited edition print series.
Flat Tail Press, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND, limited edition lithographic series.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Michigan State University
Complete CV available upon request