Wayne Edson Bryan was born in Mineola, New York in 1957. He studied Fine Art at the University of South Florida and worked as a production assistant on the Robert Rauschenberg project "Chinese Summerhall," for Graphicstudio II in Tampa. He is known both for his densely layered imagery as well as his work's aesthetic of heightened process and metaphorical content. His intricate paintings and collages are inspired by advertising, folk or "outsider" art, popular media, and cultural icons. His artwork can be found in numerous public collections of major corporations, museums, public spaces, and in many private collections around the world. Mr. Bryan lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. Bryan has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships from prestigious national institutions, including: Mid-Atlantic/NEA Painting Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Virginia Commission for the Arts First Place Prize and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship.
His work and exhibitions have been featured in and reviewed by international publications, including: Art in America, Artforum, IdN, Washington Post, New Art Examiner and Contemporanea.
Wayne Edson Bryan's work has been exhibited at: American University Museum - Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center, Boca Raton Center for the Arts, Brody's Gallery - Washington DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum - Houston, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Daimaru Museum, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, Gallery K - Washington DC, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center - Buffalo, Hand Workshop - Richmond, Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston, International Museum of Modest Arts - Sete, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, The Jakarta Arts Center, Kaoshiung Municipal Museum, Maryland Arts Place, McLean Project for the Arts, Meridian International Center - Washington DC, Mint Museum of Art, Mitsukoshi Museum of Art - Fukuoka, Museum of Fine Arts - Hanoi, Museum of Fine Arts - Ho Chi Minh City, New York Historical Society, P46 Gallery - Camogli, The Painting Institute - Shanghai, Philbrook Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Rockville Arts Place, San Jose Museum of Art, School 33 Art Center - Baltimore, Shin-kon Museum, The Singapore Museum of Art, Sogo Museum of Art - Yokohama, Taipei Municipal Museum, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Tampa Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Washington Project for the Arts, and The Working People's Cultural Palace - Beijing.

2001: Awarded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship.
1999: Grant awarded by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
1994: Awarded commission to create art for Washington National Airport by architectural firm Cesar Pelli & Associates, Inc.
1990: Awarded Mid-Atlantic/NEA Painting Fellowship.
1989: Awarded commission by the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae) to create art for their Washington, DC offices.
1989: Awarded First Place for Painting, Virginia Commission for the Arts Prizes for the Visual Arts.
1978: Awarded First Place Prize by Janet Folsum in IBM Abstract Art Show.
1977: Awarded Syd Solomon Scholarship.
1975: Awarded Boca Raton Center for the Arts Scholarship.
1974: Awarded First Place Prize in Florida State Fair Art Scholarship.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Capital One, Richmond, VA.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Accenture, Reston, VA.
KPMG Consulting, Tysons Corner, VA.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC.
National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.
City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC.
American University Museum, Washington, DC.
Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA.

Life Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD.

Sallie Mae, Reston, VA.
Artery Organization, Inc., Washington, DC.


1999: Perfect/Defect, Gallery K, Washington, DC, Oct. 1 - 30.
1998: WEB, Gallery K, Washington, DC, May 1 - 30.
1997: Top, Gallery K, Washington, DC, March 4 - 29.
1996: Purple Portion, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, March 9 - April 20, curator: Sara Kellner.
1995: Win, Gallery K, Washington, DC, Oct. 31 - Nov. 25.
1995: Gold Diggers, Back Stabbers and Game Players: Ten Years of Creating Art Inside the Beltway, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Oct. 12 - Nov. 13.
1993: The Purple Gang, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, Sept. 17 - Nov. 20.
1991: Trickster, Brody's Gallery, Washington, DC, May 2 - 25.
1990: Paranoias, Brody's Gallery, Washington, DC, June 1 - 30.
1989: Beyond Language, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, Sept. 15 - Oct. 28.
1988: New Works, Gallery 4, Alexandria, VA, Jan. 23 - April 16.
1982: some more Silly Ritual Icons, Artist Alliance Gallery, Tampa, FL, Oct. 15 - Nov. 6.
1978: Fossils, USF University Center Art Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Nov. 13 - 17.
2014: LET'S COMMUNICATE THE FUTURE, P46 Gallery, Camogli, Italy, September 12 - 14 (in conjunction with Festival della Comunicazione).   

2013: Washington Art Matters: 1940's-1980's, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, June 15 - Aug 11, (catalog), curators: Jack Rasmussen and Jean Lawlor Cohen.

2010: CATALYST, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, Nov. 9 - Dec. 19, (catalog), curator: J. W. Mahoney.
2008: Collectors Select, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, Jan. 29 - March 29, (catalog), curators: Jeffry Cudlin and Philip Barlow.
2006: Remembering Marc & Komei, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, Jan. 18 - March 12, (catalog), curator: Jack Rasmussen.
2001: King Size, International Museum of Modest Arts, Sete, France, June 21 - Oct. 31.
2000: Strictly Painting III, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, June 8 - July 22, juror: Terrie Sultan.
2000: New American Paintings: Juried Exhibitions in Print, Number 27, The Open Studios Press, April - May, juror: Howard Fox.
1999-00: Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century,Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, May 25 - July 11, Internationally traveled, (catalog), curators: Nancy Matthews, Bill Dunlap and Pamela Maslansky.
1996: ArtSites 96, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, May 29 - July 27, (catalog), curator: Claudia Amory.
1994-98: Elvis + Marilyn: 2 X Immortal, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Nov. 2 - Jan. 5, Internationally traveled, (catalog), curator: Wendy McDaris.
1994: Painting '94, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, Jan. 22 - March 5, juror: Donald Kuspit.
1992: WPA in the Hemicycle, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, June 5 - 28.
1991: Washington on the Edge: New Painters, Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA, Jan. 12 - July 3, Traveled, (catalog), curator: Thomas W. Jones.
1991: Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Painting Fellowship Winners, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ, Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, Traveled.
1990: Options 1990, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, Jan. 4 - Feb. 24, (catalog), curators: Jock Reynolds and Alan Prokop.
1990: Mixing It Up: Artist's Designs And Fashions, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD, Oct. 7 - Nov. 10, curator: Alice Denney.
1980: Tampa Bay '80, Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL, July 1 - Aug. 30, (catalog), juror: Graham W. J. Beal.
1979: Fourth Annual USF Juried Art Exhibition, USF Art Gallery, Tampa, FL, March 11 - April 7, juror: Jane Livingston.
1978-79: Souvenirs of Florida: The South Florida Silver Portfolio, USF Art Gallery, Tampa, FL, Sept. 26 - Jan. 30, Traveled, curator: David Yager.
1978: Third Annual USF Juried Art Exhibition, USF Art Gallery, Feb. 20 - March 24, juror: Marcia Tucker.
1978: IBM Abstract Art Show, Boca Raton Center for the Arts, Boca Raton, FL, Jan. 8 - Feb. 3, juror: Janet Folsum.


Alva Wong. "Maximalism Issue: Max It Out" Featured Artist. IdN (International designers Network), Volume 21 - Number 5, (December 2014): 54 - 56  

WASHINGTON ART MATTERS: ART LIFE IN THE CAPITAL 1940 - 1990. Jean Lawlor Cohen, Sidney Lawrence, Elizabeth Tebow. Afterword by Benjamin Forgey. Copyright, 2013 Washington Arts Museum.
100 Artists of Washington, D.C., F. Lennox Campello. Copyright, 2011 Schiffer Books.   

CATALYST: 35 Years of Washington Project for the Arts. Exhibition catalog. Forewords by Jack Rasmussen. Essays by J. W. Mahoney, Jock Reynolds, and Robin Moore. Copyright, 2010 Washington Project for the Arts.
Collectors Select. Exhibition catalog. Forewords by Claire Huschle and Jeffry Cudlin. Essays by Philip Barlow, Julian Fore, Philippa Hughes, Daniel Levinas, Heather & Tony Podesta and Henry Thaggert. Copyright, 2008 Arlington Arts Center.
P/D2: A New Strain. Exhibition catalog. Essay by Ferdinand Protzman. Copyright, 2002 Wayne Edson Bryan.
J. W. Mahoney. "Wayne Edson Bryan at Gallery K." Art in America, Volume 88 - Number 6 (June 2000): 130.
J. W. Mahoney. "The Capital of Nostalgia: Washington DC..." New Art Examiner, Volume 27 - Number 4 (Dec. 1999 - Jan. 2000): 30 - 35.
Ferdinand Protzman. "In the Sweet Buy and Buy." Washington Post, Oct. 14, 1999, p. C5.
Outward Bound: American Art in the Brink of the 21st Century. Exhibition catalog. Text by Eric Gibson, Nancy Matthews, Bill Dunlap and Pamela Maslansky. Copyright, 1999 Meridian International Center.
Sue Allison. "Area Artists at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport." Washington Review, Volume XXIV - Number 3 (Oct. - Nov. 1998): 3 - 10.
George Howell. "Wayne Edson Bryan: WEB." Art Papers, Volume 22 - Number 5 (Sept. - Oct. 1998): 37 - 38.
Ferdinand Protzman. "WEB, a Show That Steps Out of Line."Washington Post, May 14, 1998, p. C5.
Benjamin Forgey. "Airport Art That Soars." Washington Post, Feb. 1, 1998, p. G2.
Stephen May. "Strokes of Genius." Washington Flyer, Volume 8 - Number 6 (July - Aug. 1997): cover, 28 - 29.
Ferdinand Protzman. "The New National - 10 Artworks You Shouldn't Miss..." Washington Post, July 16, 1997, p. F14 - F15.
Ferdinand Protzman. "Ulterior Motifs." Washington Post, March 15, 1997, p. H2.
Jean Lawlor Cohen. "Up To Old Tricks." Where/Washington, March 1997, p. 24.

Jacqueline Trescott. "Landing First-Class Art." Washington Post, June 18, 1996, p. B1 & B6.
John Dorsey. "Humor clearly has it's place..." Baltimore Sun, June 1, 1996, p. D1.
Richard Huntington. "All Together Now." The Buffalo News/Gusto, March 29, 1996, p. 35.
Matthieu Victor. "Neurodisney." Artvoice, Volume 7 - Issue 7 (March 27 - April 10, 1996): cover, 1 - 2.
The Useful Art of Wayne Edson Bryan. Exhibition brochure. Text by Grant Samuelsen. Buffalo: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 1996.
Ferdinand Protzman. "A Doubly Singular Vision." Washington Post, Nov. 4, 1995, p. C2.
Jean Lawlor Cohen. "Pop Goes The Easel." Where/Washington, Nov. 1995, p. 27.
Elvis + Marilyn: 2 X Immortal. Exhibition catalog. Text by Wendy McDaris, David Halberstam, Thomas McEviley, Geri DePaoli, Kate Millett, Bruce Heller, Alan C. Elms, Richard Martin, John D. Baskerville, Lucinda Ebersole and Gary Vikan. Copyright, 1994 Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. and DB&A Exhibition Management, Inc.
Lee Fleming. "Gallery K's Familiar New Faces." Washington Post, April 9, 1994, p. B2.

Anne J. Banks. "Three Exhibitions..." Washington Review, Volume XIX - Number 4 (Dec. 1993 - Jan. 1994): 23.
Lee Fleming. "Doug Brown and Wayne Bryan: Team Works."Washington Review, Volume 17 - Number 5 (Feb. - March 1992): 3 - 7.
Washington on the Edge: New Painters. Exhibition catalog. Text by Thomas W. Jones. Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 1991.
Ann Glenn Crowe. "Objects d'Art: Contemporary Folding Screens."Art Papers, Volume 15 - Number 1 (Jan. - Feb. 1991): 65.
Patrick Finnegan. "Wayne Edson Bryan, Brody's Gallery."Contemporanea 21 (Oct. 1990): 103.
Michael Welzenbach. "The Sculpture Standouts." Washington Post, June 9, 1990, p. B2.
J. W. Mahoney. "Options 1990, Washington Project for the Arts."New Art Examiner, Volume 17 - Number 11 (Summer 1990): 39 - 40.
Patrick Finnegan. "Washington." Contemporanea 16 (March 1990): 41.
Options 1990. Exhibition catalog. Text by Jock Reynolds and Alan Prokop. Washington, DC: Washington Project for the Arts, 1990.
Patrick Finnegan. "Wayne Edson Bryan, Arlington Arts Center." New Art Examiner, Volume 17 - Number 5 (Jan. 1990): 44 - 45.

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