Abbey Ryan

Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Art Office (215) 572-2133 By appointment.

About Me

Abbey Ryan's paintings have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, American Art Collector magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Artists and Illustrators magazine,, FOX 29's Good Day Philadelphia, 10,000, WYBCX Yale Radio, John Bardos' The Business of Art, and Brainard Carey’s Making It In The Art World and New Markets for Artists, among many others. She was also named #5 on the list of 49 Creative Geniuses by SmartBlogger. 

A recognized leader in the "Painting-A-Day" movement, Ryan started making daily paintings for her blog on 9/23/07. Since then, Ryan's blog has had over a million visitors from more than one hundred countries. More importantly, painting has become part of her mindfulness practice and daily meditative time. Making a painting a day speaks to her interest in ritual, practice, classical still life and trompe l’oeil painting, in relation to the complexities of Internet globalization. Ryan's paintings are in over 1800 private, public, and museum collections all over the world. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

Ryan received her B.F.A. in Painting and B.A. in Scientific Illustration from Arcadia University in 2003, and her M.F.A. in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2007. In addition, she studied painting with David A. Leffel at the Art Students League of New York, as well as medical and biological illustration at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine.

At Arcadia, Ryan teaches courses in drawing, painting, and entrepreneurship in the arts. She is Co-Director and Advisor for the Minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies and Apprenticeship Program, and is Advisor for students majoring in Scientific Illustration / Scientific-Pre-Medical Illustration. In addition, Ryan teaches professional painting seminars across the United States and abroad, offers private atelier instruction in her studio in Philadelphia, and individual painting mentoring online.

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Areas Of Focus

Painting, Arts Entrepreneurship

Education History

Arcadia University 2003

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting

Arcadia University 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Scientific / Pre-Medical Illustration

Hunter College, City University of New York 2007

Master of Fine Arts, Major in Painting

The Art Students League of New York

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine