Brenda Biondo is a photographer whose work focuses on three distinct areas: constructed abstractions; conservation and land-based issues; and the way cultural artifacts move from the past into the present. Brenda's work has been exhibited in shows throughout the country and published in numerous print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Denver Post and Lenscratch. Her photographs are in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Photographic Arts and numerous corporations and private collectors. Her book of photographs, Once Upon a Playground, was published by the University Press of New England in 2014 and is now the subject of a five-year traveling exhibit organized by ExhibitsUSA. The daughter of a commercial photographer/art director, Brenda grew up surrounded by photography and has been making photographs for more than 30 years. Before beginning her third career as a fine art photographer, Brenda worked for a decade in corporate and non-profit communications in NYC and Washington DC, and then spent nine years as a freelance writer specializing in environmental issues. A native New Yorker, she’s been a resident of Colorado since 1999, and currently lives in a small town near Pikes Peak, where the light and landscape continue to inspire her work.

 

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Born: New York City, 1963
Education:  B.A. in communication arts (journalism concentration), 1985, James Madison University
Books: Once Upon A Playground (University Press of New England, 2014)


Solo Exhibitions

2017
(Title TBD, opens July 2017), San Diego Museum of Art, CA. Organized by Ariel Plotek, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Paper Skies, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 

2017-2022
Once Upon a Playground, multiple locations throughout the United States (for details, click here)

2015
Remnants & Revival, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO

2014
Remnants & Revival, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2013
Remnants & Revival, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

2010
Once Upon A Playground, Reed Photo-Art Gallery, Denver, CO

2008
Once Upon A Playground, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO
Once Upon A Playground, Lincoln Center Galleries, Fort Collins, CO
Found Flora, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO 

2007
Once Upon A Playground, Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2016
Reinventing the Image, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO
Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO. Jurors: Gwen Chanzit, Michael Chavez, Collin Parson

2015
Illuminate, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror: Elizabeth Avedon
Memories, Stories, Histories, Center for Fine Art Photography. Juror: Amy Galpin, Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography. Juror: Hamidah Glasgow, C4FAP
Members Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO. Juror: Kate Ware, New Mexico Museum of Art
IceBreaker 6, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO. Juror: Lauren Wright, curator/artistic director, Biennial of the Americas
Excerpts, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver CO. Group exhibit with David Maisel, Linda Connor, Binh Danh and Andrew Beckham

2014
The Photo Review 2014 Competition, The Photo Review, Juror: Jennifer Blessing, Guggenheim Museum
Still Life, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror: Becky Senf, Center for Creative Photography
Discovering & Interpreting the West: 21st Century Landscapes, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Wondrous Indeed, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror: Phil Toledano
One by One, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO. Juror: Eric Paddock, Denver Art Museum
IceBreaker5, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO.  Juror: Dean Sobel, Clyfford Still Museum
Membership Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver. Juror: Mark Sink

2013
Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Juror: Hamidah Glasgow, Center for Fine Art Photography
Photography and Environmental Concern, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT.  Juror: Katherine Ware, New Mexico Museum of Art
Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, CO.  Jurors: Dean Sobel (Clyfford Still Museum) and Collin Parson
TimeCapsule, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO. Juror: Hamidah Glasgow, Center for Fine Art Photography

2012       
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops/Outside magazine contest, honorable mention. Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching, Darren Ching, Amy Silverman, Reid Callanan, Eddie Soloway

2011
PhotoSpiva 2011, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO.  Juror: Anthony Bannon
Merge, Flash Gallery, Lakewood, CO. Juror: Hamidah Glasgow, Center for Fine Art Photography
It’s All Here in Black and White, tbell phototographic studio/gallery, Denver, CO.  Juror: Loretta Young-Gautier
The Big Picture Show, Illiterate Gallery, Denver, CO

2010
Best of the Santa Fe Arts District, 910Arts, Denver, CO.  Juror: Michael Paglia
Natural World, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.   Juror: Susan Spiritus

2009
Juried Members Exhibit, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, (at Edge Gallery), Denver, CO. Juror: Loretta Young-Gautier
Mind/Full: A Contemplative View of Photography, Flash Gallery, Lakewood, CO

2008
Colorado Triple Crown, Flash Gallery, Lakewood, CO.  Juror: Mark Sink. Awarded Best of Show
Denver Modernism, Denver, CO. Jurors: Hugh Grant, Chris Herron (Kirkland Museum)
The Captured Moment, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO.   Juror: Mark Sink
Current Photography on the Front Range, Sliding Door Gallery, Denver, CO
 

Publications (click on publication name for link to article)
GUP (Dutch photography magazine), "Paper Skies" series featured in Feb. 2016 online portfolio
Der Greif (German photography magazine), January 2015, abstract image chosen by curator of Hamburg's House of Photography
The Wall Street Journal, May 2014, playground book feature
The Huffington Post, June 2014, playground book feature
The Denver Post, June 2014, playground book feature
Hyperallergic, May 2014, playground book feature
Gizmodo, May 2014, playground book feature
LensCulture, Editor’s Pick, April 2014
The Denver Post, August 1, 2013, exhibit review
Lenscratch, Dec. 11, 2012
Diffusion Magazine, Vol. III, 2011, Group Showcase
F-Stop Magazine, April 2010, four images chosen for Group Exhibit section
Denver Magazine, June 2010, High Notes feature photograph
Mocoloco.com  Dec. 2009, photography feature
The Denver Post, 2008, “Memories, Sliding Away,” feature article
The Gazette, 2007, “Photographer Chases Past,” feature article

Collections
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Library of Congress (five images from the “Once Upon A Playground” series acquired by the Prints and Photographs Division)
Kaiser Permanente Colorado
University of New Mexico (acquired through New Mexico's Art in Public Places program)
First Western Trust
Westin Denver International Airport
 

Other
Member of organizing committee for Society for Photographic Education’s southwest regional conference, 2012