Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Bridgette Guerzon Mills is a mixed media artist. Her work incorporates a variety of materials including photography, paint, encaustic, as well as fiber, textiles, and other reclaimed materials. Her artwork and journals have been published in magazines and books and her work has been collected in the United States and internationally. She currently resides in Towson, MD with her family.

As a mixed media artist, encaustic is a versatile medium that allows her to create depth in layers and serves as a means for further exploration in both form and meaning. She combines her photography with encaustics to create a bridge between two worlds, the real and the reconstructed. The canvas becomes a multilayered surface that speaks to both the visual and tactile senses.  

Her outdoor installations, often created using foraged or recycled materials, focus on environmental issues and seek to engage and educate the public about these concerns.

Solo Exhibitions

2016       The Gray Gallery, Winchester, VA
2015       Of the Earth, Park View Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
2015       Bowls and Vessels, Gather, Evanston, IL
2015       Landscapes, GCDC, Washington, D.C.
2013       Tactile Spirit, Klindon Hall, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
2008      Greener Lifestyles, Seattle, WA
2008      Moments of Stillness and Quiet, Cugini, Seattle, WA
2007      Of the Earth and Sky, Irwin’s, Seattle, WA
2007      Expecting: Explorations in mixed media, Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019       Postcards From the Lexicon, Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2019       Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Works, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
2019       Earth Water Sky, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, VA
2018       Water and Wax, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI
2018       Artists In Dialogue with Landscape, Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Adkins Arboretum,   Ridgely, MD
2018       Flight, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2017       Ornamental, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2017       Emergence II, Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, MD
2017       Cartography, The Gray Gallery, Winchester, VA
2017       Emergence, Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, MD
2017       Surface, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2016       Artists In Dialogue with Landscape, Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Adkins Arboretum,   Ridgely, MD
2016       Waxing Poetic, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2016       Turn Up the Heat, MS Rezny Gallery, Lexington, KY
2015       Ornamental, The Gray Gallery, Winchester, VA
2015       Small Wonders, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2015       Words|Matter, book art exhibition at Arts on Elson, Chicago, IL
2015       Curated and exhibited in Between Here and There, Artstream, Dover, NH
2014       Good Mail Day, ArtStream, Dover, NH
2014       The Land, Sagamore Farm, Glyndon, MD
2013       Off the Grid! ArtStream Studio and Gallery, Dover, NH
2013       Works in Wax –New Encaustic Painting, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Wausau, WI
2012       The Buzz, a FUSEDChicago exhibit, Studio 303, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
2012       Morsels, AnySquared exhibit, Township, Chicago, IL
2012       Meditations: Looking In, Reflecting Out, Two Woman Show, PerficalSense Studio, Evanston, IL
2012       6th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2012, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland
2012       Art Bazaar, The Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011       Come Together, Arts Center. Logan Square/Avondale, Chicago, IL
2011       New Encaustic Explorations, Noyes Art Center, Evanston, IL
2011       Fused: Encaustic Showcase, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010       Encaustic to the Sixth Power, The Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA
2010       FusedChicago presents Encaustic: Hot Art, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2010       WAX, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
2009      Fused Chicago, Ossia Arts Space, The Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2009      Barbie Redux, The Ten Women Gallery, Venice, CA
2009      Hopes and Dreams, Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Melbourne, FL
2008      Women in Wax, Expressive Arts Studio, Everett, WA

Selected Juried Exhibitions

2017       Art on the Trail, outdoor installation, Lake Roland, Baltimore, MD
2016       Art on the Trail, outdoor installation, Lake Roland, Baltimore, MD
2015       Art on the Trail, outdoor installation, Lake Roland, Baltimore, MD
2015       WordArt, Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD
2013       Small Wonders, Urban by Nature Gallery, Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD
2012       Tactile Encounters: The Appearance and Influence of Texture, Kemper Gallery, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
2012       Encaustics Regional Juried Exhibit, Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line, St. Charles, IL. Juror: Sarah Rehmer
2012       Photomidwest exhibition, University of WI- Madison, Juror: Sam Abell
2012       Hot Wax in the City: Small Works Encaustic exhibit, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL. Jurors: Kathleen Waterloo, Jenny Learner, and Kathy Roman
2011       Holiday Artisan Market, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2011       Playing With Fire Exhibition, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2011       Water Tower Regional Exhibition, Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, KY
2010       Luminous Layers: Exploring Contemporary Encaustics, Portland, OR, Jurors: Cari Hernandez, Tom Burns Kristina Butters
2009      Lill Street Member Show, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL
2009      Logan Square Connections Exhibition, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Chicago, IL, Juror: Jane Mikalski
2007      Silence, CR Gallery, Kenmore, Washington, Juror: Angela Wales Rockett
2007      Visions Northwest, Art Port Townsend/ Northwind Arts Alliance, Port Townsend,  WA, Juror: Lisa Van Doren
2007      Kenneth J. Minneart Center for the Arts Second Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit, Olympia, WA
2005      Define:Book, Art Books &  Press, Seattle, WA.  Juried by Beth Dunn and Kate Thorley

Representation

R.H. Ballard Gallery, Washington, VA
Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI
Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Selected Publications

2016       Artwork featured in Storytelling with Collage: Techniques for Layering, Color and Texture, by Roxanne Evans Stout, Northlight Books, 2016
2015       Artwork featured in Creative Lettering Workshop: Combining Art With Quotes in Mixed Media, Northlight Books by Lesley Riley, 2015
2015       Artwork featured in The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Northlight Books, 2015
2015       Artwork featured in Embracing Encaustic by Linda Robertson, Hive Publishing
2014       Artwork featured in Quotes Illustrated, by Lesley Riley, Northlight Books, December 2014
2014       Artwork included in Art For All Seasons by Susan Schwake, Two Little Birds, November 2014
2014       Featured artist and contributing writer in Encaustic Revelations, by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Northlight Books, July 2014
2013       Featured artist in Playing with Image Transfers, by Courtney Cerruti, Quarry Books, November    2013
2013      “Beyond Form” painting included in the gallery section of Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary  Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash, M.F.A., Nash/Renfrow Productions
2012      “Innate” encaustic painting published in EarthLines Magazine, Issue 3, November 2012, U.K.
2012      Featured artist in The Pulse of Mixed Media, March 2012
2011       Artist book “M(Other) Love” featured in Book Arts Newsletter, No. 70, December 2011. Published by Impact Press at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, U.K.
2011       Featured artist in Somerset Workshop, October 2011
2011       Artwork featured in Plaster Studio, Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise, May 2011
2011       Artwork featured in Artist Unique, Carmen Torbus, May 2011
2010      Special feature article, “Encaustic 101” published in Somerset Studio Magazine, November/December 2010 issue
2008     Artwork featured  in True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling, by L.K. Ludwig, Quarry Books, July
2008     Artwork featured  in 1000 Artist Journals Pages: Personal Pages and Inspiration, by Dawn DeVries Sokol, Quarry Books, July 2008
2008     Artwork featured in Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, by Linda Womack, Hive Publishing, May 2008
2008     Featured artist in Artful Blogging Magazine, February 2008
2007     Encaustic paintings featured in the premier issue of Artful Blogging Magazine,  August 2007
2006     Feature Article, “Ring Nest” Somerset Wedding, Volume 2, February 2006
2005     Feature Article, “Restoring a Hijacked Faith,” Dog Eared Magazine, Issue Fifteen, March             
2004     Journal featured in the Paper Section of the premier issue of Boutique Magazine,  Fall 2004

Media

2018      Book Cover Art for Objects of Hunger, E.C. Belli, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL 2016   Cover art for album cover of “In Between Times” for Chicago musician Vivian Garcia 2015 
Cover art for textbook, Embodiment of Musical Creativity by Zvonimyr Nagy, Ashgate Publishing, UK
2012      Art and Soul Blog Talk Radio interview with Lesley Riley, “Sight/Insight” May 7th,
2009     Commissioned painting for the album cover of “Nos Novo” for New York musician James Shipp
2009     Handbound journal included in the Tyra Banks show Luxe Living Event, November 2009.

Teaching Experience

2013      Books of Images and Wax, The Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, WA
2013      Falling Gently: Explorations in encaustic and mixed media, The Red Thread Retreat, MD
2012      The Encaustic Journal, EncaustiCamp, Salem, OR
2012      Mixed Media Artist Book, La Grange Art League, La Grange, IL
2011       Book of Images and Wax EncaustiCamp, Salem, OR
2011-13  PerficalSense Studio, Evanston, IL

Education

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, B.S., 2000