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May Bender


"The ultimate abstraction takes place in mathematics where words are replaced by symbols. Connecting the symbols is rigorously defined by writing and computerization. Abstraction in art becomes mathematics in its visual aspect within the basic elements of art...color and form, which words cannot define."

May Bender, a lifetime painter, has produced artworks during her successful career as head of her industrial/package design organization and continues today in her full time endeavors as a fine art painter.

After honors at the Arts High School, Newark, New Jersey, she continued her art education at the Art Students League of New York with acknowledged masters of art. Howard Trafton and Vincent Malta.
Other studies in marketing and production have added to her extraordinary knowledge of life and art.

Her organization, May Bender Design Associates, was engaged in industrial design, packaging and product design, and corporate identity. She has written numerous articles for publication. Awards include: Package Designers Council International's "Packaging Person of the Year", 1985 and CLIO, 1980.

In addition, she has taught design in packaging at the Parsons/New School in New York.


Life member of The Art Students League of New York
Honorary Member* of Package Designers Council International, New York and Washington, DC
Visual Arts League, East Brunswick, New Jersey
New York Artists Equity Association, Inc., New York
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
*Past President


2004 New Art Center, New York, NY

2001 Artsforum, New York, NY Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX Kirkpatrick Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

2000 East Brunswick Arts Commission, East Brunswick, NJ

1999 New Jersey Performance Arts Center, Newark, NJ DeLann Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ

1996 Gallery Swan, New York, NY

1995 Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

1994 Tucker Anthony, Princeton, NJ

1993 Image Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1975 Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ


2003 New Art Center, New York, NY

2002 Provincial de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucia, Seville, Spain

2001 Nabisco Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

1999 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1998 Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ Salmangundi Club, New York, NY Brian Galleries, Lambertsville, NJ Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ

1997 Frank Martin Art Gallery, Allentown, PA Myung Sook Lee Gallery, New York, NY

1996 The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY Gallery Swan, New York, NY

1994 Visual Arts League, New Brunswick, NJ

1993 Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

1992 Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ Carrier Foundation, Belle Mead, NJ