Artists & Organizations

2017 Membership Directory

Please take a moment to view some of greater Lansing and mid-Michigan's finest artists, creative entrepreneurs, art students, arts educators, and arts and cultural organizations! Arts Council membership also includes a diverse collection of festivals and annual events. To see this year's line-up, visit our Greater Lansing Festival Alliance page.

Patricia A. Bender

Photography
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Artist's Statement

My work emerges from profound silence. Whether I am standing alone deep in the woods or -- less frequently -- in a city in the midst of chattering human beings, I enter a silent space to create my images. When I do this, I connect to the silence that resides and resounds in all things. My senses are heightened and the world begins to shimmer and glow.
I sink deep into this silence and focus intently, stripping away extraneous, distracting details. I visually whittle until I touch the core of the silence. Then I release my shutter. The shutter fires when I feel I have caught a perfect moment of silence on film -- in the movement of water, in the pattern of dry grasses, or in a ray of light falling on a stand of trees.
Silence continues in the darkroom, where my gaze rests solely on the image before me. I try to honor the captured moment and to communicate the silence trapped in the emulsion of the film by reducing even more. I may soften the focus, I may darken a shape, or if I am lucky I may leave it just as I found it.
I often choose to print the image small, to pull you close, and to nudge you into the silence. By creating small images, I invite you to look deeply and experience the silence I felt when I captured them on film.
And there’s the crucial point: in all that I create I want you to feel. Not think, not sense. Feel.
What ends up in a frame on the wall is my expression of our shared silence. It is from our feeling this silence together that our connection is made and my art is born.

Formal Education and Training

While I am largely self taught, I have studied at The Center for Alternative Photography in NYC, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, NJ, and at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Affiliations and Awards

For a complete list please visit the resume section of my website at www.PatriciaABender.com.

Services & Fees

Other Desired Services and Opportunities

Dealer Gallery Information

  • The Gallery at the Framing Mill

    Address: Maplewood, NJ
    Phone: 973-761-4142
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(SCENE) Metrospace

110 Charles Street East Lansing, Michigan 48823 http://www.art.msu.edu/content/scene-metrospace
Galleries/Visual Arts

Absolute Gallery

307 E Grand River Lansing, Michigan 48906 absolutegallery.com
Galleries/Visual Arts

All Faith Ministry for disABILITIES

Agencies/Commissions/Associations

All-of-us Express Children's Theatre

Theater

Andromeda Community Theatre

PO Box 222 Charlotte, Michigan 48813 andromedaplayers.org
Theater

Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing

1428 Somerset Close E Lansing 48823 www.artschoralegl.org
Music - Vocal

Arts Initiative Mason - A.I.M.

312 Coventry ln Mason, Michigan 48854
Agencies/Commissions/Associations

Capital City Film Festival

2500 S. Washington Ave Lansing, Michigan 48910
Festivals

   

   

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