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Seena Donneson

P.O. Box 6985
New York, NY 10150, U.S.A.
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Phone: 718-706-1342     Fax: 718-706-1342

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The theme running through my work has to do with "fragments lost in time". Forms are gnarled and twisted; edges are frayed. They seem to confront or reflect various natural phenomenon. Although non-representational, the symbolism in these pieces refers to the decay as well as the rebirth taking place in our fast changing high-tech society. They also deal with survival. Instead of re-echoing the geometric forms of our urban architecture, they can provide a sometime reminder of our human history.

My main body of work includes large scale public installations at such places, as the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, in NY City; The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Florida, etc. as well as bronzes on a more intimate scale.

Born New York, USA. Educated at Pratt Institute, New York; Pratt Graphic Arts Center, New York; Art Students League, New York. Works in bronze.

Individual Exhibitions
Danville Museum of Art, Virginia; Galerie #836, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Greenville Museum of Art, North Carolina, 1987; Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.

Group Exhibitions
NY Upper East Side Outdoor Sculpture exhibition, 78; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Florida; CAPS Travelling Exhibition; Ben Shahn Gallery, New Jersey; "The Collograph", NY State Council on the Arts/Pratt Inst.

Edward Macdowell Fellowships; Creative Arts Public Svc. Grant (NY State Council on the Arts); Tamarind Lithography Workshop, LA, Ford Foundation Grant; Clayworks, NY, (Visiting Artist).

Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY; Equitable Life Insurance Co., NY; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Florida; Jersey City State College.

Public Collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York; USIA Art in embassies (Canada, Japan, Europe); Phillip Morris Int'l., New York; Citi-Bank, New York; Norfolk Museum of Art, VA.

Private Collections
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Kaplan, California; Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Oppenheim, New Mexico; Mr. and Mrs. William heller, Florida and Massachusetts.

Exibitions (selected)

  • "Art Frenzy", Modern Art Foundry, Alternate Space, Long Island City, NY
  • "Novices Collect", Gruber Collection, Currier Gallery, Machester, VT; Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FLA; Quietude Garden Gallery, East Brunswick, NJ
  • "Mixed Media 1983-1993" Works by Seena Donneson, Laren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
  • "Relief Sculpture", Friedhoim Fine Arts, Asheville, NC
  • "Seena Donneson", Berkshire Art Center, Pittsfield, MA
  • "Seena Donneson / Relief Sculpture", Danville Meseum of Fine Arts, VA
  • "Seena Donneson / Relief Sculpture", Greenville Mueseum of Art
  • "Seena Donneson / Mixed Media", Galerie #836, Santa Fe, NM
  • Caps Traveling Exhibition, NY
  • "Sculpture in Color", Upper East River Sculppyure Exhibition, NY
  • "Visiting Artists", Clayworks, NY
  • "Refractions/Reflections" Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, FLA
  • "The Unexpected", Elaine Benson, Bridgehampton, LI, NY
  • "Sculpture, Constructions, Fabrications" Elaine Starkman Gallery, NY

Museum and Public Collections (selected)

  • Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • Lyman Ally Museum, CT
  • University of S. Illinois
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY
  • Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, VA
  • Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
  • Long Island Univeristy, NY
  • Cornell Medical, NY
  • Museum of Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FLA
  • Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
  • Radford University, VA
  • Lehigh University, PA
  • Norton Gallery of Art, W. Palm Beach, FLA
  • USIA Art in Embassies
  • Princeton University, NJ
  • Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby & Wood, NY
  • Gulf & Western Corp., NY
  • Washington Museum of Fine Art
  • C.W. Post College, NY
  • New School for Social Research, NY
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY
  • RCA Corporation, NY
  • World Trade Center, NY
  • Citibank, NY
  • Phillip Morris International, NY
  • Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged
  • McGraw Hill Publications, NY
  • Equitable Life Insurance Co., NY
  • Xerox Corp.
  • Freeport Mineral
  • Dictaphone Corp.
  • First National Bank, Chicago
  • Clairol Collection
  • A. Levitt & Sons, NY
  • Tulsa Civic Center
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Large Scale Installations

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, FLA
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY
  • Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, FLA
  • Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, NY
  • Jersey City State College, NJ
  • Goldwater Hospital, NY
  • Manhattan Psychiatric Hospital, NY

Grants, Awards, Fellowships

  • Queens Council on the Arts, Artists Seminars,
  • CAPS (Creative Artists Public Service) New York State Council on the Arts
  • Clay Works, NY; visitin artist
  • Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, CA
  • Edward MacDowell Colony, resident fellowships (2), Peterboro, NH
  • National Academy, NYC, NAWA; Sculpture
  • Western Washington State College, purchase prize; Drawing
  • National Black & White, Kansas State University; Graphics
  • 27th Guild Hall, Long Island, NY; Graphics
  • HTAL 10th Annual Hecksher Museum, Long Island, NY
  • 24th National Painters & Sculptors of NJ; Graphics

Bibliography (selected)

  • Ruling, Nancy. "Carving Their Niche." Newsday 2 May 2001; photo and article
  • Thakery, Beata. Papermaking, Decorating, Design. London, England; Conran Octopus Ltd., 1997; photo and text
  • Gluek, Grace. "Sculpture Under a City Sky." New York Tiems; photo and review
  • Alloway, Lawrence. "Art." The Nation; review
  • Perrault, John. "Up the River." Soho Weekly News; photo and review
  • "Who's Who in American Art", RR Bowker, NY, England
  • "Who's Who in America", Marquis Who's Who
  • Ahlander, Leslie. "Contemporary Trends Reflected." Washington Post
  • "Worth Seeing." Art News
  • Arts magazine; NY Exhibitions; In the Galleries

Teaching, Lectures (selected)

  • New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH; Painting, Drawing
  • New School for Social Research, NY, "Making Women's Art More Visible"
  • NY City Dept. of Cultural Affairs, curator circulating exhibitions
  • Nassau County Office of Cultural Development, "In School Art"; Lectures, Demos
  • WNYC, NY, panel discussions
  • NY University, History of Modern Art


  • Pratt Institute, NYC
  • Pratt Graphic Art Center, NYC, Michael Ponce de Leon
  • Art Students League, Morris Kantor