Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Bill Brunken

Bill Brunken

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Lectures, Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Collaboration

Artist Statement


I have made art for 20 years, but for so many years that it is embarrassing, I forgot a fundamental basis of art; It is and should be fun.  It doesn’t seem as though one could forget that but I did.  The good news is that now I am having a ball making pictures.  I have tried to understand how it happened and all I can think is that after my Mother passed in the mid 90’s I somehow lost track of what was important a vague sense that nothing really matters, but had memory and brief flashes of the love and fun I have always had for art that sustained me for many years.  The last few years I have been rediscovering my joy and the tragic passing of my Father only reenforced in me the will not to waste time worrying about things that do not matter, make things and have fun doing it


My Father, Glen Brunken, was an artist and master printmaker for 50 years before his untimely death in 2013 and was of course my earliest and greatest influence.  He made abstract paintings influenced by jazz and the beauty of the world.  If my artwork ever looks like his I have decided that is my inheritance.  I studied painting and ceramics at Slippery Rock State University, painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava Slovak Republic and painting at Stephen F. Austin State University.  I have worked as an art professional for the last 17 years, teaching, art handling and as an art sales person.


As an artist I am interested in exploring the genius of the unconscious.  I have a sort of conversation with the picture plane, pushing and pulling, making it appear to be shallow or seem to have depth, developing tension or finding visual balance.  With this path I can develop a complexity in the picture, not something I meant to happen, but something more.  That to me is interesting; when I can pull in the expression of music, the tension of everyday life and a questioning mind, the physical quality of the materials, and the wonder of creation and destruction and somehow bring that together into the confined restricted space of a painting or drawing.  I feel success when the artwork doesn’t make any sense to me, that is when I feel like I have a chance to make something really interesting.






“Making art is like killing snakes, you have to get down to it” Glen Brunken



2000, 2001; Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, Painting, Computer Art 


1996, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics 




currently exhibit with Concept Art Gallery and Mendelson Gallery both in Pittsburgh, PA

2018, The Bowman, Penelec, and Megahan Gallery Allegheny College, Meadville, PA “New Directions”  group exhibit.

2016, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA “Collective Independence.” group exhibit

2015, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA “Transactions: Art & Poetry Exchange” group exhibit

2015, Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery, Butler County Community College, Butler, PA. Solo painting exhibit.

2008, West Virginia University, Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV. Two person exhibit and workshop

2004, 5013 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. One person painting exhibit.

2002, Southern Arkansas State University Art Gallery, Magnolia, AR. Solo drawing exhibit.

2001, Stephen F. Austin State University Gallery. Master of Fine Arts exhibition.

2000, Gallery 329, Nacogdoches, TX. “East Texas Abstraction,” an invitational exhibition of Stephen F. Austin professors, alumni and students.

2000, Griffith Gallery, Stephen F. Austin State University. Master of Arts exhibition.

2000, Texas National Competition, Stephen F. Austin State University. A national show with entries from 50 states. Honorable Mention. Juried by Micheal Galbreath and Jack Massing, “the Art Guys”

1999-2000, Stephen F. Austin State University, “Spring Student Show,” a group student show, second place in graduate division in 1999 and honorable mention in 2000.

1999, The Pottery Dome, Grove City, PA, two person show.

1999, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock State University. “Three Generations of Art” with father and grandmother.

1995,97, Butler Artist’s Association Gallery, Butler, Pennsylvania. An invitational group exhibit of Samantha Smith International Exchange participants.

1995, Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibit, Slippery Rock State University. A solo show.

1991-95, Annual student art shows in the Slippery Rock State University gallery, juror’s award each year

1994, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA. A juried group show.

1993, Moravany Castle, Moravany, Slovakia, symposia group exhibit.

1993, Club Dagmar, Bratislava, Slovakia, a solo exhibit.

1992, PKO Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. 


Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057



  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Installation


  • Abstract
  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Biographical
  • Experimental
  • Expressionist
  • Figurative
  • Ink
  • Landscape
  • Oil Paint
  • Watercolor