Artists keep working - Dona Nelson in what she termed her Quarantine Studio.
Dona Nelson (b. 1947, Great Island, NE) moved to New York City in 1967 to participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and received her BFA from Ohio State University in 1968. Nelson has had numerous, widely reviewed solo shows, at galleries such as Michael Benevento (Los Angeles), Rosa Esman, Michael Klein and at Cheim & Read in 2001 and 2003 (all New York); including large surveys of her work at the Tang Museum (Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY) and Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art (Greensboro, North Carolina). She has also been featured in many group exhibitions throughout the country, including the 2013 Whitney Biennial, and has been written about in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America and ArtForum. Her work has appeared at institutions such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, New York University's 80WSE, Bard College, Apexart, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Aldrich Museum, and is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Guggenheim Museum, Rose Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – among others. Nelson was a recipient of a 2011 grant from the Foundation for the Community of Artists, 2013 Artists' Legacy Foundation Grant, 2015 Anonymous was a Woman Grant, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994. She has been a professor for twenty-five years at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, also serving as a visiting critic in the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Art and the Bard Summer M.F.A. Program.
This gallery first included her work in a Group Exhibition in 2000, followed by several solo shows:
Brain Stain (2006), in situ (2008), Volta New York (2010), Animate Matter (group show, 2010), Phigor (2014); New Paintings (2015); and models stand close to the paintings (2017).
This is contribution No. 6 to First Responders, a series of emails and posts on our Instagram and pages.
As the current health crisis is throwing our global interdependence, interconnectedness and vulnerability into stark relief, we might be experiencing a paradigmatic shift, with the consequences still to emerge.
With this in mind, we sent out an email to represented or affiliated artists and those who have shown with the gallery in the past. As artists are often highly sensitive to shifts in society, we thought it would be helpful to see how they are reacting to these sudden changes affecting us all. We asked them to contribute whatever they feel relevant: the things happening in their studio right now, reflections of a philosophical, artistic or personal nature, or maybe just what anchors their day-to-day routine. The goal is to get a sense of what they are picking up from the current climate, while also allowing us a glimpse into who each respondent is as an artist, a person, a human being.