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 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. Her work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, The Hand Magazine, Lenscratch, The O/D Review and Analog Forever Magazine, among others, and was recently selected as the cover art for a collection of poetry by acclaimed Tunisian poet Mokhtar el Amraoui.
Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as many other public, corporate, and private collections. She is represented by Pulp Gallery, Holyoke, MA, Corners Gallery, Ithaca, NY, the online gallery Art Fare, New York City, and Art Gazette, London.
The Wisdom of Trees: An Exhibition of Art + Science, Tulpehaking Nature Center at the Abbott Marshlands, Hamilton, NJ, 21 February through the end of the pandemic, and beyond. Take a virtual visit at
The Wisdom of Trees
Plain + Simple Geometry, Kresge Foundation Art Gallery, Olivet College, Olivet, MI.
Euclidean Dreams, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
Euclid Unbound, B. Beamesderfer Gallery, Highland Park, NJ.
Euclidean Pursuits, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, MA.
The Rhythm of Geometry, Frames + Framers Art Gallery, Millburn, NJ.
Selected Group Exhibitions
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 Hand Magazine
Selected Features + Interviews
The O/D Review
Analog Forever Magazine
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Michigan State University
Art Fare, New York, New York.
Art Gazette, London, UK.
Corners Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Pulp Gallery, Holyoke, MA.
Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI.
Complete CV available upon request