Britt is a synesthesic, music-visualist who creates artistic works that visually represent music via personifying composers writing styles, concepts of the musical composition process or particular music pieces. She often collaborates with composers and musicians for event-based exhibitions.
Born in the mid-60s in Washington D.C., Britt began her drawing tutelage at an early age, and under the influence of her artist and conservator grandfather. She learned about sounds, touch and phrasings, of pianists and composers from her mother. During her musical upbringing, Britt was concerned with the color and feel of musical sounds. It was years before she and her family understood she had synesthesia.
Her early childhood experience informed her drive to visualize music. As a child, she found her experience of seeing color with sound did not match contemporary artist’s depictions of music and didn’t seem to reflect her own experience. She decided to begin her philosophic quest for how to visually personify music around the age of 6. It would take decades for her to create the complexity of expression and visual potential of her own visual language.
Today, Britt’s visualized, musical personifications are changing audiences aural and visual expectations of music and art in addition to inciting new visual and aural experiences. She enjoys collaborating with musicians and ensembles to help bring new understanding and appreciation to composer’s works.
Britt holds a BA in Fine Arts from George Washington University, a MALS from Georgetown University, a certificate in Art History: History of Color from the University of Cambridge, UK International Summer School, and an Associates in Photography from Northern Virginia Community College. Her studio resides in building 10 at The Workhouse Arts Center, just outside of Washington D.C., in Lorton, Virginia.
2021 May – Listed in Boomer Magazine as one of “The New Artists” looking at new contemporary trends.
2021 February – Featured Artist commission – The Wheeling Symphony – Soundbites – Night of Gershwin, visual collaboration featuring 2-d artwork and video to the live performance of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”
2020 – Studio Visit Magazine – four pages featuring paintings and paper-works.
2020 November-December – The Conductor Envisioned, solo show at The Workhouse Arts Center.
2020 January – Arts Club of Washington – featured artist Spilsbury Gallery.
2019 December 6 – Arts Club of Washington, Member’s show.
2019 October 26-January 12th – Glass National, Workhouse Arts Center – The reception is from 6pm-9pm, November 9th, 2019.
2019 September 14th-October 6th, Jazz Envisioned: Manhattan Lullaby – solo show opening reception Sept. 14th and concert collaboration with jazz composer, Chris Ziemba October 5th, 2019.
2019 August-September 26th Faculty/Staff show, The Center for Design, Media and The Arts, Alexandria, VA – curator/exhibitor
2019 September 6th-October – HIGH NOTE – Del Ray Artisans Association – Juror
2019 June, July, Arts Club of Washington
2019 June, July, August, Artists in Their Own Right, Workhouse Arts Center – Reception 6-8pm July 13th, building 16 second floor- Curator
2019 March-June, EARTHTONES Capital One Headquarters, McLean
2018 December, Arts Club of Washington – Award of Excellence
2018 October American Stories, American Stamps, AIGA and Northern Virginia Community College.
2018 August, Faculty/Staff Show, Northern Virginia Community College
2018 July-September, Huntington Museum of Art
2018 June-July Arts Club of Washington – Award of Excellence
2018 January “COMPOUNDS NOT REQUIRED: 29, 47, 13”, Workhouse Arts Center.
2017 December, Arts Club of Washington
2017 June 4t, Mystical and Majestic: Art/Music collaboration with VA Bronze: Music within stained glass lit by a self-coded light show to the concert music. Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Debussy etc., Solo Show and collaboration. 2017 June 4th: National Masonic Temple, Alexandria, VA. June 17th: Workhouse Arts Center.
2017 June 4th, Mystical and Majestic: Art/Music collaboration with VA Bronze: Music within stained glass lit by a self-coded light show to the concert music. Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Debussy etc., National Masonic Temple, Alexandria, VA.
2017 Collectors Showcase, The Workhouse Arts Center, Juror Emily Smith
2017 January, “La Vie en Bleu” Strathmore Center for the Arts
2016 Director’s Collection, Workhouse Arts Center – Juror Al Masino and Donald H. Russell
2016 Collector’s Showcase, Workhouse Arts Center. Juror Sarah Newman
2016 August, Faculty/Staff Show, Northern Virginia Community College
2016 April, The Art of Britt Conley: Music and Portraits. Solo Show, Crossroads Gallery
2015 Director’s Collection, Workhouse Arts Center – Juror Peter Winant and Chris Neptune
2015 Collector’s Showcase, The Workhouse Arts Center – 1st runner up
2015 November, Musical Phrasing: Drawings on the Musicality of Phrasing, Solo Show, Workhouse Arts Center
2014 November, Jazz Envisioned (Collaboration of art and Jazz) solo show at The Workhouse Arts Center
2014 August, Faculty/Staff Show, Northern Virginia Community College
2014 The Collector’s Showcase, The Workhouse Arts Center
2014 Director’s Collection, The Workhouse Arts Center
2013 August, Faculty/Staff Show, Northern Virginia Community College,
2013 Collector’s Showcase – The Workhouse Arts Center – Juror Jack Rasmussen.
2013 Conceptual Structuralism: Consideration with Graphite – Solo Show, Workhouse Arts Center
2012 August, Faculty/Staff Show, Northern Virginia Community College
2007 Arlington Arts Center
2007 Portraits: Intimate Structuralism, Solo Show