Jean Broden

Jean Broden

    Contact Information

    jeanbrodenart@gmail.com

    Phone: (267) 226-1968

    https://www.jeanbrodenart.com

    Philadelphia, PA

    Recent Work

    Artist's Biography

    Jean Broden has been creating art all of her life, and oil painting for almost 20 years.She has taken part in a number of group exhibits in the area, and shows her work at a variety of art festivals and on her website: www.jeanbrodenart.com. Broden received a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Illustration, and a MA in Art Education from Arcadia University. She has also studied at Studio Incamminati and John Cabot University in Rome. While pursuing her passion for painting, she has also been teaching high school art classes for the last fifteen years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

    Broden’s works are all created in oil on canvas, as she feels this medium gives her paintings vibrancy and flexibility during the painting process. The color palette is wide-ranging, sometimes pushed and exaggerated to enhance the structures, shapes and lighting effects, sometimes subdued and muted to create mood. The finished work is then framed in re-purposed wood frames created by her husband, Tim Broden. The pair carefully curates each piece, selecting boards that reflect something of the soul of the image before creating the frames.

    Artist's Statement

    Through the course of an ordinary day, an ordinary life, we move about busily tending to our human needs, bustling back and forth from place to place, tending to the tasks at hand so when we reach our destinations we can race off again to the next leg of the marathon.

    Where to go? What to do? Who to see? Many navigate this world without ever even looking up from the technology in their hand, streaming sounds from some outside world through plugs in their ears. Do they see what they pass? Do they notice the things they step over? Look up? I do.

    The big world has often felt too big for me, and the world of the Internet - inconceivable. Minutia suits me best. In seeing, studying, interacting with the tiny, the overlooked, the unappreciated beauty that exists everywhereI look, I can feel anchored to the world.

    Notice the graceful curves in that railing. See how the shadows settle into the geometric shapes of that cornice. Follow the patterns on the manhole cover. These are my anchors. The ordinary is always extraordinary in my eyes.

    My interpretations in paint serve as my way of giving back beauty to these beautiful places and things so deserving of attention. They are my “thank you” notes for still existing in an age of self pre-occupation. I hope that they may give some others a reason to pause on their journeys and take all the wonderful ordinariness in.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Passed//Past, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    SawTown Tavern, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Elcy's Cafe, Glenside, PA

    2010
    People, Places & Things, Langhorne Coffee House, Langhorne, PA

    Group
    2019
    Think Outside the Box, Pocono Mountain Arts Council Annual Member's Show, Cresco, PA
    Invitational

    2018
    Inspired, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    Invitational

    Winter Artists Show, Art at Valley Lake Gallery, Horsham, PA
    Invitational

    Think Outside the Box, Pocono Mountain Arts Council Annual Member's Show, Cresco, PA
    Invitational

    Annual Alumni Show, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried

    American Identity, Dunning Art Gallery, Monroe County, PA
    Juried

    2017
    Winter Artists Show, Art at Valley Lake Gallery, Horsham, PA
    Invitational

    NAEA Member Show, Alexandria, VA
    Juried

    National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa, CA
    Juried

    Trenton Art All Night, Trenton, NJ
    Invitational

    2016
    Winter Artists Show, Art at Valley Lake Gallery, Horsham, PA
    Invitational

    Trenton Art All Night, Trenton, NJ
    Invitational

    2015
    Trenton Art All Night, Trenton, NJ
    Invitational

    2014
    Small, but not restricted, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried

    Trenton Art All Night, Trenton, NJ
    Invitational

    2013
    Celebrate Art, Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Invitational

    2012
    Celebrate Art, Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Invitational

    2011
    Celebrate Art, Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Invitational

    2009
    Ocean City Annual Juried Art Show, Ocean City, NJ
    Juried

    2002
    Archdiocesan Faculty Exhibit, Villanova, PA
    Invitational

    Other
    2019
    Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

    Art for the Cash Poor, InLiquid Art + Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Mayfair Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Oaks, PA

    POST @ Tacony LAB, Philadelphia, PA

    Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

    Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA

    Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

    2017
    Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA

    Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

    2016
    Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA

    Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

    2015
    Peddler's Village Fine Arts & Craft Show, Lahaska, PA
    2nd Place, Fine Arts

    Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA

    Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

    2014
    Peddler's Village Fine Arts & Craft Show, Lahaska, PA
    2nd Place, Fine Arts

    Holiday Arts Festival at Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA

    Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, Jenkintown, PA

    Professional Experience

    2011 - 2019
    Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Torresdale, PA
    Art Teacher, Fine Art Department Chairperson

    2005 - 2011
    Lansdale Catholic High School, Lansdale, PA
    Art Teacher, Fine Art Department Chairperson

    2002 - 2004
    Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, PA
    Adjunct Faculty of Art History

    1987 - Present
    Freelance Illustration, fine art & design commissions

    1984 - 1987
    Martin Weber Company, Philadelphia, PA
    Designer and Art Director

    Commissioned Work

    Private
    Amy Haviland Elfant

    Marcia Zweig

    John Slabek

    Kathy & Joseph DiDinato

    Carole Wall

    John Maslok

    Public
    Michael Petrocik & Alicia Gasparovic

    Gary & Patrice Valansky

    Charlie & Nancy Salmons

    Joseph Petrocik & Myron Clement

    Tom & Mary Green

    Gladys Brog

    Education

    2008 - 2014
    Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA
    Traditional figure & still-life painting under Natalie Italiano

    2015
    John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

    1998 - 2000
    Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
    Master of Arts in Education, Fine Arts
    Certification in Fine ARts

    1979 - 1983
    Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelor of Fine Arts