Statement
I create geometric, abstract paintings on linen-wrapped, shaped panels. My process is heavily research-based and interdisciplinary; I draw from diverse fields of study such as modular arithmetic, neuroscience, color theory, carpentry, and computer programming in order to investigate the interaction of art, language, and the science of the mind. The foundation of my work is my chance-based Eureka algorithm, which I use to create a data-driven “blueprint” defining the dimensions, color, and compositions of the finished work. Approaching my work with a pre-determined direction enables me to reach a deeper level of creativity in my painting process, leading to changes in the finished work due to expression and experimentation based on my intuitive response to the work in progress. Through this synthesis of chance and intuition, my work functions as a metaphor for the viewer’s cognitive and psychological processes in analyzing and interpreting abstract visual information—specifically the translation of perception to meaning. 
With this in mind, beginning with my current Eureka 2.0 series, structurally my paintings vary simultaneously in height, depth, and/or width—shifting the traditional picture plane in space, establishing a sculptural presence which places greater emphasis on the viewer’s interaction with and perception of the work. Here, their physical relationship to the work is emphasized to the point that even their height, posture, and orientation becomes a part of the work itself. The complexity of this is furthered by the association of the title to the work—I embrace the loaded power of a title, and delight in its equally abstract meaning. Titles of my paintings such as School Colors; Summer Soundtrack; and Zebra Wearing Lipstick reveal a broad range of ambiguity and specificity, and bring to the mind of every viewer something completely unique through their memory and associations to the word or phrase. It is the viewer’s rapid comparisons of text-to-image-to-experience which leads to the establishment of meaning and a judgement of the work’s “fittingness,” my ultimate goal—that the viewer will find beauty and truth present in the work.
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Education
2015               MFA Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
2010               BFA Studio Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
2019               Bailey Opportunity Grant, Arts and Heritage Fund and Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN
2015               International Mentor Certification, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2012-15         Chair’s Fellowship, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014               New York Workspace Residency, SCAD and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2013               Conference Grant, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2011               Betsy Worden Memorial Artist-in-Residence, Arts & Culture Alliance, Emporium Center for Fine Arts, Knoxville, TN
2011               Professional Development Support Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN
2009-10         Dr. Charles M. Brandon Scholarship in Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Solo Exhibitions
2019               Eureka 1.0, Lawson McGhee Public Library, Knoxville, TN
2017               The Archive, Hall Street, alternative exhibition space, Savannah, GA
2015               //Spectrum, Alexander Hall Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014               Brandon Woods: New Works, Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
2011               In Absence, Emporium Center, Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN

Selected Group Exhibitions
                       Dogwood Regional Art Exhibition, Dogwood Arts and Arts & Culture Alliance, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN
2018-19          Arts in the Airport, Tyson McGee Airport, Knoxville, TN
2018               The Art of Planetary Science, Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting, Convention Center, Knoxville, TN
2017               Members Only, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA
                       Untitled Art Fair, SCAD Art Sales Exhibition Booth, Miami Beach, FL
                       Highpoint Market, SCAD Art Sales Exhibition Booth, Highpoint, NC
                       Small Works, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2016               Push and Pull, Gutstein Gallery, Curator: Amanda York, Savannah, GA
                       DeFine Art Alumni Showcase, Alexander Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2015               Small Works, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2014               Prism Pipe: Dog is in the Machine, Pehrspace, Las Angeles, CA
2013               National Juried Exhibition, Juror’s Citation Award, Juror: Patrick DeGuira, Emporium Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2012               Artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2011               National Juried Exhibition, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN
2010               Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
                       Brandon Woods and Taylor Hardaway, JJ’s Market, Nashville, TN
                       Opine, Senior B.F.A. Exhibition, Todd Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
2009               There’s No Place Like…, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
                       Brandon Woods and Dustin Dirt, Space Gallery, Nashville, TN
                       Insight of the Smokies, Art Market Gallery, Knoxville, TN
2008               A1 Lab Arts, Fireproof Storage Building, Knoxville, TN
                       Student Art Alliance, City Hall, Murfreesboro, TN
2007               New Horizons, Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center, Jackson, TN

Professional Experience
2018-19         Adjunct Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN
2017               Instructor, SCAD Summer Swarm, Savannah, GA
2015-17         Student Success Adviser, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2013-15         Graduate Mentor, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2014-15         Teaching Assistant, SCAD, Savannah, GA 
2014               Gallery intern, Pierogi Gallery, New York, NY
2012-14         Docent, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
2011-12         Junior Docent, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
2011               Assistant preparator, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, Knoxville, TN

Affiliations & Organizations
2017-19         DAC Art Consulting, Atlanta, GA
2016-19         SCAD Art Sales, Savannah, GA,
2009-19        Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN, 2009-present
2014-19         College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY
2015-19         SECAC, Wilmington, DE
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