Angela Bryant


In 2009, Angela Bryant founded Abryant Gallery, an art consultating service and rotating contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists.  She has since curated several exhibitions, participated as both a juror and panelist, and exhibited over 100 artists. In addition to operating Abryant Gallery, Angela is the Director of Exhibitions for O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University where her programming highlights the work of both emerging and established artists in two-person and group exhibitions. She is also the co-founder of MOUNT Curatorial Residency. 


Angela Bryant has served as an adjunct professor, an independent curator and guest lecturer at multiple institutions. As a practicing artist, Angela is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Presidential Scholarship Award, the Archibald Motley Award for Ragdale Artist Colony, and the Non-Representational Award for the 36th Annual Beverly Art Center Competition. Angela holds an MFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited work in multiple locations including The Merchandise Mart and The Korean Cultural Center.

Maria Girgenti

Assistant Director


Maria Girgenti is the Assistant Director of Abryant Gallery. In addition to Abryant Gallery, she teaches high school art courses at Metro Achievement Center for girls, a product of Midtown Educational Foundation.  She also serves as a contributing writer for Newcity magazine's contemporary art section.


Girgenti is a 2013 graduate of Dominican University and holds a dual degree is both Art History and Painting. Since graduation, she has been invited to return to Dominican on several occasions as a guest lecturer.


Maria previously served as the Curatorial Assistant for MOUNT, a curatorial residency at Design Cloud Chicago. She has held internships at Rockford Art Museum, Pritzker Military Library, and O'Connor Art Gallery, and has assisted with the installation and placement of work within several private collections as well as Dominican University and Rockford Art Museum's permanent collections. Maria has experience in arts administration, art sales, event production, social media and marketing, and has been involved with the preparation and execution of over a dozen exhibitions.