Born in Montreal, Bryna Polonsky Cohen has been a professional artist and art educator for more than 30 years. A graduate of McGill University and a Fine Arts graduate of University of Ottawa, Bryna has extensive additional training from The Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Michigan and The American Center for Students and Artists in Paris. Her work is included in the collections of The Canada Council Art Bank, Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada and the City of Ottawa as well as many corporate and private collections. She has exhibited extensively in Montreal, Toronto, St. John’s and Ottawa.
Bryna has been an active member of the visual arts community for more than 30 years. In 1999 she completed a residency at The Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland, followed by a well received solo exhibition In St. John’s, Newfoundland. Closer to home, she was a founding member of the not-for-profit lab Artengine, an electronic billboard for artists. Also, for nearly 15 years she worked as an art educator in The National Gallery of Canada’s Education Division. She is an energetic player in Ottawa’s growing art scene working as an art instructor at the Soloway Centre and the City of Ottawa’s School of Art. She pursues her career as a visual artist and painter in her own studio in Ottawa, represented in Montreal by Galerie Sandra Goldie and in Ottawa at Galerie St-Laurent+Hill and Gallery 3.