Garden Variety

New Paintings by Mia Brownell

Opening reception Sunday December 4, 2022 1-3pm

On view December 4, 2022, - January 20, 2023

The past few years have seen a global pandemic and significant, and on-going, political and environmental turmoil. Mia Brownell’s paintings reflect a longing for the ordinary with an understanding that ordinary may never have existed in the first place. In addition to her series Garden Variety, paintings that re-envision the genre of Still-Life images from both a macro (cultural) and microscopic (genetic) perspective, the artist will also debut a sub-series of paintings entitled Leda and Swan that respond to the erosion of women’s rights in American.

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Special thanks to MAPSpace, Arts Westchester, New York State Council on the Arts, and Southern Connecticut State University.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.


Mia Brownell is a New York based artist whose paintings use the illusionistic conventions of traditional food still-life painting, simultaneously referencing 17th century Dutch realism and the coiling configurations of scientific molecular imaging. The culture, science, and environmental issues surrounding the global industrial food complex often inspire Brownell’s sci-fi still life paintings.

Brownell has received numerous awards and honors, including New York Foundation for the Arts (SOS); US Department of State (Art in Embassies); Public Art Commissions (University of Connecticut Health Center and the city of Geneva, NY); and Connecticut State University Research Grants. Past residencies include Millay Colony and the American Academy of Rome.

Previous solo exhibitions include Sloan Fine Art (New York, NY); J. Cacciola Gallery (New York, NY); Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art (Boston, MA); Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY); Goodwin Fine Art (Denver, CO); Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo, NY); Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT); and the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC).

Past museum and university solo shows include Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities (Denver, CO); Lemmerman Gallery (Jersey City, NJ); Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ); Housatonic Museum of Art (Bridgeport, CT); Union Brown Gallery (Duke University, Durham, NC); and the Castellani Art Museum (Niagara Falls, NY).

Brownell has artworks in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA); Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA); Housatonic Museum of Art (Bridgeport, CT); Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ); Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT); University of Connecticut (Farmington, CT); Wellington Management (Boston, MA); and the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC).

Brownell’s work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Village Voice, Boston Globe, Artnet Magazine, and Hi-Fructose. 

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