Monday, April 14, 2014

April/May News

I am very pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 2014 Biennial Sculpture Invitational at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph Michigan this year. My piece, the Seagull Cinderella will be on view from June 25, 2014- September 2015. If you're in the area, please join us for the opening reception on Friday April 25th, from 6p-10p.

Seagull Cinderella, 2012-2013, styrofoam, cement, acrylic, 8ftx4ftx4ft by Donna Dodson

Seagull Cinderella is as common as the birds we see at the beach. Yet she is uncommon, like Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, corseted and bound by the sweet virtues of her character. Her full length gown is alive with neon daisies and flower power! This piece is Celebrating a Common sea bird as the American mythic princess, Cinderella.

Also, on view at the Krasl Art Center, in the Galleries from April 25, 2014- June 22, 2014, is a show of Biennial maquettes, models and drawings. I will be exhibiting a wood sculpture and two small colored pencil drawings of the Seagull Cinderella.

Seagull Cinderella, 15" tall, wood paint by Donna Dodson Photo Credit: Cliff Pfeiffer
Save the Date for ArtWeek Boston: April 25-May 4, 2014 and these two upcoming events: Inside the Studio with the Boston Sculptors Gallery. During ArtWeek Boston, Boston Sculptors Gallery will present two pecha kucha style events that will offer rapid fire presentations rich with images and stories to illustrate how each sculptor develops ideas, responds to site and community, and engages audiences. The artists take you behind the scenes for a sneak peak into the how and why of their studio practice. 

Tuesday April 29th, 6p-8p
Discussion topic- The Great Outdoors

Speaker Lineup: Caroline Bagenal, Rosalyn Driscoll, Mags Harries, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Nora Valdez, Hannah Verlin

Saturday May 3rd 3p-5p 
Discussion topic- Indoor Sites

Speaker Lineup: Liz Alexander, Donna Dodson, Susan Lyman, Eric Sealine, Liz Shepherd, Julia Shepley, Jessica Straus

The Boston Sculptors Gallery members offer the audience an unusual experience you can't get in commercial art gallery and museum shows. Moderated by Ron Mallis, of BostonAPP/Lab, each event includes a lively Q&A. Free and open to the public of all ages, light refreshments included. The events will take place at the Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St, Suite 200, Boston. To RSVP for either one or both of these events, please send an email to and specify the date(s) of the event(s) you wish to attend.

Flock Together, installation, 2012 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery

Also in April, The International Sculpture Center will honor Judy Pfaff and Ursula Von Rydingsvard with Lifetime Achievement awards at a Gala event on April 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. I will be participating in the International Sculpture Center's Art Benefit Sale, at the 2014 Lifetime Award Gala. The sale will Include works for sale by world-renowned artists, emerging artists, and past and current ISC Lifetime Achievement Award winners. A special online preview will commence on April 16th through April 30th where patrons can be the first to browse through newly donated artworks. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the ISC website. Here's a sneak peek of my piece:

Pregnant Kangaroo, 6" bronze on limestone base. Limited edition, 2/10

Coming up in May... Silent Scream: Personality Type and  Body Language, my third solo show at the  Boston Sculptors Gallery.  It will open May 21st and be on view through June 22nd. I will be exhibiting concurrently with Kim Bernard.

The Mighty Hippo, detail, 50" tall, walnut 2014

On May 3rd, Rice Polak Gallery opens for the season with a group show of the artists they represent. I am proud to announce that I will be showing with this esteemed gallery in Provincetown for the first time this summer. Stay tuned for more details on my upcoming feature show that opens August 15th with Sean Thomas and Patrick Webb. Here's a teaser...

Ms. Pea Hen, 2012, 29" tall, birch wood & paint
Drole and yet a nobody. An undistinguished madam trapped inside a very distinguished body. Singularly peculiar. Regal, rampant and rebellious, like the statue of Liberty's sister. Someone who we know is someone but we've never heard of her.

Update: Nancy Egol Nikkal, posted a great review of our booth at the Fountain Art Fair, on her blog, The Art of Collage, and she included a lengthy spotlight on my work, in her piece "About Donna Dodson."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

March News

Save the Date for Armory Week in New York City: March 7th-9th. I will be exhibiting my work for the third year in a row at the Fountain Art Fair in the 69th Regiment Armory (Lexington Avenue & 26th Street). Our booth is called 'The Artist Collective,' and it features the fabulous artwork of Stephan Fowlkes along with mine. Organizers Kelsey Marie and Elizabeth Tully recently profiled my work on their blog, Selavy Says...

Bantam, 46" tall, wood, paint by Donna Dodson

Dodson’s art celebrates the relationship between humans and the animal kingdom.  Replete with mythological imagery and age-old iconography, her sculptures evoke a mystical reverence for feminine strength and beauty.  Her inspirations include ancient Egyptian art, traditional African sculptures and Native American totems (among others, of course… pre-med studies, and she often uses logs of osage orange wood from her grandfather’s farm in Illinois).  We enjoy that there is something “goddess” about her pieces that strikes a cord in the gut.  We also love how she works with her materials, whether it requires letting knots in wood emerge as eyes or delightful nipples, or shaping styrofoam and cement into buxom seagull cinderella, or exposing the serene solidity of stone in oracle elephants.  Just saying, we like.

Madam Elephant, 38" tall, wood, paint 2005 by Donna Dodson Photo Credit: Bruno Giust

Friday, March 7

12 – 7pm: VIP/Press Preview (Open to the public)
7pm – Midnight: Opening Night Reception

Saturday, March 8

12 – 7pm: Open to the public
7pm – Midnight: Saturday Night Event
Music Lineup : THE DEEP!

Sunday, March 9

12 – 5pm : Open to the Public
Also happening in March: 'Sculptures in Wood: students of Joseph Wheelwright,' at the Northeast ARC, at 22 Foster St. in Peabody MA (the old post office building). The show dates are March 14th-April 19th with a gala opening on Friday March 14th, from 6:30p-8:30p. This group show will feature art work from many of the sculptors who studied with Joseph Wheelwright in the years from 1980-2014, myself included.
Ebony Rabbit, 28" tall, wood, 2003 by Donna Dodson Photo Credit: Cliff Pfeiffer
I recently launched two catalogs of my work, Elephant Tribe and Flock Together. Both booklets are 24 page, full color, and each one measures 6"x9". If you did not get one in the mail, and would like me to send you one, please be in touch ASAP while supplies last.

Save the Date: My third solo show at the  Boston Sculptors Gallery is fast approaching. It will open May 21st and be on view through June 22nd. I will be exhibiting concurrently with Kim Bernard. More details soon... Hyperallerigic's Philip Hartigan, recently profiled my studio, in his column, A View from the Easel.

Monday, January 20, 2014

January News

I recently completed an international residency in Cusco Peru at the Escuela Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes. Living and working in another country was a challenge on many levels. Dealing with a language barrier, different electrical circuits for my power tools, foreign types of wood, and different chemicals and chemistry for products I rely on to finish my work was not easy. But it forced me to try new materials and techniques, and it pushed my work in a different direction, which in the end is what residencies are all about.

Puma Senorita, 36" tall, loro wood and ink, 2014 by Donna Dodson 

Nora Valdez is an internationally exhibited artist. She has organized many sculpture symposia. When we said we wanted to go and work in Peru to make new work with the other artists in the show, she had the idea to secure the ateliers at the art school in Cusco for our use, since the students would be on vacation while we were there. In Cusco, we had the honor of meeting the Director, Professor Carlos Larrea Garcia, who welcomed us into residence at his school. We had many adventures together getting wood and tools to use.

Puma Senorita, detail 

Side by side with artists from the Boston Sculptors Gallery and artists from Peru, I made new work in preparation for our upcoming group show at the MUSEO Convento de Santo Domingo QORIKANCHA in February 2014 called Visions/Visiones that will be curated by Nora Valdez. In addition to the new work I made in residence, I brought recent work with me to exhibit, Condorita, that I showed in the Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy this fall, for our preview exhibition, Connections/ Conexiónes.

Condorita, 23" tall, walnut 2013 by Donna Dodson 

While in Cusco, we were fortunate to meet Mabel Allain, the new curator at the Qorikancha Museum. She has ambitious plans for the permanent collection and exhibition schedule and will bring new energy to the upcoming program of artists they are exhibiting in 2014. We also met the former curator of the Qorikancha Museum, Vera Tyuneleva, who recently completed her PhD in history at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She is currently a docent and professor at the University San Ignacio de Loyola- Cusco Extension. In addition, we were pleased to meet Manolo Chavez, one of the best professional photographers in Cusco who will be helping us with the images for the forthcoming catalog for Visions/Visiones.

Condorita, detail 

The show, Visions/Visiones will open February 1st and remain on view through March 31, 2014. The show will feature artwork by the following artists from the Boston Sculptors Gallery: Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll, Laura Evans, Peter DeCamp Haines, 
Michelle Lougee, Nancy Winship Milliken, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Liz Shepherd, Jessica Straus, Nora Valdez, Hannah Verlin and Joseph Wheelwright. These Boston sculptors will show alongside many notable Peruvian artists such as: Ronald Alvan, Pablo Yactayo, Jacob Sulca, Persi Narvaez, Ivan Tovar, Victor Zuniga, Luis Angulo y Gianfranco Yovera, Carlos Bardales and Xavier Cano.

Update: Weekend, picked up the story, 25 sculptors gather convent of Santo Domingo Qorikancha on January 23, 2014. Lima Gris picked up the story, CUSCO: 25 international sculptors IN QORIKANCHA on January 23, 2014. La Primera Peru picked up the story, Sculptors from the United States and Peru share experiences in Cusco on January 25, 2014. Prensarte picked up the story, Peruvian and American sculptors presented at the Convent of Santo Domingo, Koricancha on February 1, 2014.

Pumita, watercolor and pencil on paper, 9"x12" 2014 by Donna Dodson 

In addition to working in wood, and creating new work for Visions/Visiones, I was also busy preparing studies in pencil and watercolor for a show that will run concurrently with our show at Qorikancha. Transcripts/Transcripciones will be curated by Jose Luis Morales Sierra and will feature drawings and works on paper by the following members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery: Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll, Laura Evans, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Nora Valdez, Hannah Verlin and Joseph Wheelwright. This show of drawing and visual design will also feature work by the following distinguished Peruvian artists: Jacob Sulca , Ronald Alvan , Ivan Tovar , Luis Angulo, Gianfranco Yovera, Pablo Yactayo, Persi Narvaez, Victor Zuniga, Roger Bellido, Pachacutec Huaman, Marcial Ayala, and Jose Luis Morales. It opens to the public on Jan 31, 2014 at ICPNAC (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano del Cusco) and runs through Feb 28, 2014. 

Condora, colored pencil on rice paper, 9"x12" 2014 by Donna Dodson  

Closer to home, I am exhibiting some new wood sculptures in the windows at the Boston Sculptors Gallery from January 20th to April 26th 2014. The gallery is located at 486 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

Mama Duck, 18" tall, mulberry wood & paint, 2013
Wistful for the carefree life that she used to have but wilfully wrapped up in her children’s lives as much as her husband’s. She is the epitome of motherhood, and yet, she still finds time to look and feel elegant. If she is trapped, it is by her own standards of perfection that she has embraced.

Prodigal Daughter, 2012, 18" tall mulberry wood & paint
An extraordinary woman- ready to take the blame for stepping out of the flock to discover herself first. For that she is rewarded with all of the family blessings by a family who treasures her as a champion that lives among them with such wisdom in her wings.

Diva, 12" tall, mulberry wood 2013 by Donna Dodson 
She can hit the highest notes in her arias and shake the opera house with her mighty voice. She is a Diva in her viking helmet sporting cow horns and two long blond braids, with concentric breast plates of armor.

Save the following dates for my partner Andy Moerlein's upcoming show at the Boston Sculptors Gallery: Demise, Pondering the Unthinkable 
February 5 – March 9, 2014
Opening reception: Friday February 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sunday, February 9, noon.
Tea and Cake performance event: March 1, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday March 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December News

The Tiger Mothers were exhibited on the Christian Science Plaza from May-Oct 2013 for Convergence: The Boston Sculptors Gallery 20th Anniversary exhibition. They moved to Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester New Hampshire in November to become part of the exciting new sculpture park that the curator, Debbie Disston is creating on campus. Hippo Press picked up the story, 'Hands, Tiger Mothers and the Space Within: SNHU hosts new sculptures with new stories.' They will be on view for a one year loan period. The Tiger Mothers are now standing guard in front of the admissions building, and delighting the campus community with their monumental scale and enigmatic, brightly colored forms. I thought alot about what the tribe of motherhood is, and the tiger stripes seemed like an appropriate metaphor in celebration of the stretch marks that all mothers bear in childbirth. Hence the reversed tiger stripes appear on each figure, along with my signature elbow length gloves. Red and black symbolize love and honor, respectively, since mother hood is a balancing act between those two core values.

Tiger Mothers, 2013, styrofoam, cement, paint, 8ftx4ftx4ft

Elephant Oracle won first prize in the Fruitlands Museum's annual art in Nature Competition. At the end of the exhibition in November, it moved to the Vernon Community Arts Center in Connecticut, where it will be on view for one year. The Elephant Oracle is the wise old one to whom we turn in times of confusion, doubt and indecision. The Elephant has a memory that never forgets. Perhaps it is a paradox that one who knows so much says so little. Yet, in its presence, we find the courage in ourselves to listen.

Elephant Oracle, 2013, styrofoam, cement, paint, 8'x4'x4'

Gray-suited and stodgy, frayed but grand, the Great Blue Heron is no bright flash. Elegantly poised, it stands perfectly still, nested in among the tall pine trees. ‘Poised,’ this 25 ft tall sapling and wire sculpture, headed South for the winter. It was recently exhibited on the Christian Science Plaza from May-Oct 2013 for Convergence: The Boston Sculptors Gallery 20th Anniversary exhibition. At the close of the show, The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein sold this sculpture to a private collector in Kansas City Missouri and recently sited it on private property at the corner of Ward Parkway and Huntington Ave. Although technically a migrant, this great blue heron will be making a one way trip to live in a warmer climate. The Myth Makers are a collaborative team of sculptors who enjoy the physical and philosophical challenges of working together.

Poised, 25 ft tall, saplings, wire ties, 2013

Seagull Cinderella was on view at Milton Academy this fall, but she flew north for the winter, choosing to roost in a private sculpture park in Bow New Hampshire until warmer weather comes. Seagull Cinderella is as common as the birds we see at the beach. Yet she is uncommon, like Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, corseted and bound by the sweet virtues of her character. Sporting a full length, flower power gown, she is royally adorned. This sculpture is available for loan and/or purchase, so if you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch with me ASAP.

Seagull Cinderella, 2013, styrofoam, cement, paint, 8'x4'x4'

Boston Sculptors Gallery is having a Winter Holiday Pop-Up Show and Sale of Small Works December 17th-22nd. There will be an Opening Reception:  December 18, 6 - 8 pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 7 pm  (extended hours all week long!). I will be exhibiting some small bronzes and 3D prints in addition to my catalogs, Elephant Parade and Flock Together. You can preview my work in the front windows now!

Arabian Allies, 8" ea, L to R: aluminum, aluminum bronze, bronze, copper, brass, gray iron

In February 2014 members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery together with a group of Peruvian artists will present Visions/Visiónes, in Cusco, Peru, in the Qorikancha Museum, Santo Domingo Convent. This Peruvian Convent and Museum are built on the foundation of one of the most important Inca temple sites near Machu Picchu. This show will be curated by Argentinian artist and Boston Sculptors Gallery member Nora Valdez. In December 2013-January 2014, I will be traveling to Peru to work in residence at the art school in Cusco alongside my colleagues at the Boston Sculptors Gallery and many notable Peruvian artists. My trip has been generously supported by an education grant from New Hampshire Wood Worker's Guild. Condorita is the beginning of what I hope to accomplish in Peru this winter in advance of the upcoming show.

Condorita, 23" tall, walnut 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

October News

Creative Conversation Pecha Kucha Style: Where Art and Ideas Collide
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf Building, 290 Congress St., Boston

'In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Boston Cultural Council is teaming up with ArtWeek and Idea Week to present a Creative Conversation that highlights the intersection of the most exciting Art and Ideas in just 3-minute snippets! Featuring innovative community-based and art-inspired ideas while keeping with the Pecha Kucha style format, each specially selected speaker will talk for 3 minutes with just 10 slides – this is the ultimate power sampler for creative inspiration! Framed by the buzzing harbor and the new Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Wharf is the Waterfront District’s center of activity; right brain and left brain attendees are encouraged to “do lunch” together afterwards as they explore this exciting part of Boston!' I will be talking about Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibits on the Christian Science Plaza along with many other exciting artists and creatives in Boston. The event is free and open to the public.

Poised by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein

On view through Oct 25th: Connections/ Conexiónes 
Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, co-curators. 

In February 2014 members of the Boston Sculptors Gallery together with a group of Peruvian artists will present Visions/Visiónes, in Cusco, Peru, in the Qorikancha Museum, Santo Domingo Convent. This show will be curated by Argentinian artist and Boston Sculptors Gallery member Nora Valdez. 

Milton Academy's Nesto Gallery is excited to host a preview exhibit of Visions/Visiones, titled ‘Connections/ Conexiónes,’ The Nesto show will bring together many of the artists who will be showing in the Qorinkancha Museum show. The Peruvian Convent and Museum are built on the foundation of one of the most important Inca temple sites near Machu Picchu. The Nesto Gallery exhibit will present work inspired by this confluence of cultures. Drawings, models and work that will be shown in Peru by Boston Sculptors Gallery members will hang beside art from many notable Peruvian artists.

Location: Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Art & Media Center (Lower Level)
Address: 170 Centre St, Milton, MA 02186
Gallery Hours: Weekdays 8:30a-3:30p (closed October 11th through 14th)

Curators talk: Wednesday October 9th 9:15 to 10:00am in Greely Auditorium
Peruvian Culture Night: Friday October 18th 5:30p-7:30p. Free and Open to the Public

Participating artists from Peru: Ronald Alvan Alvites, Pablo Yactayo Chumpitaz , Jacob Sulca Gutierrez, Persi Narvaez Machicao, Jose Luis Morales Sierra, Ivan Rojas Tovar & Victor Zuniga.

Participating artists from Boston Sculptors Gallery: Caroline Bagenal, Kim Bernard, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Peter De Camp Haines, Nancy Winship Milliken, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Liz Shepherd, Nora Valdez, Joseph Wheelwright & Leslie Wilcox. 

On view through Oct 31st: Convergence
Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibits on the Christian Science Plaza. 

Check out these upcoming walks and talks on the plaza during the last month of the show. All tours meet at the entrance to The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Mass Ave and walk around the sculptures that are installed on the plaza. The tours end at the bookstore, where the participants can purchase the catalog. The tours are free and open to the public.

Saturday Oct 5, 2013 @ 11am "Poetic Gestures and Material Surprises." Eric Sealine & Michelle Lougee will lead a guided tour of the Convergence sculptures in a morning conversation about adapting their materials and practices to the scale of the plaza. Eric's first language is architecture and responding to the site came naturally. Michelle incorporates plastic bags, such as the wrappers on the New York Times, into woven biomorphic shapes. Come and explore the exhibition with these two notable Boston Sculptors.

Monday Oct 14, 2013 @ 3pm "Sculpture- a Professional Opinion." Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, will lead a tour of the exhibition on the plaza, commenting on the role of contemporary art, monumentality and siting sculpture in a public setting.  This talk takes place during The Fenway Alliance’s 12th Annual Opening Our Doors on Monday, October 14, 2013—Greater Boston’s largest day of free cultural experiences.

Saturday Oct 19, 2013 @ 11am "New Visions & Fresh Perspectives - the future of public art in Boston." This tour will be led by Katelyn Littlejohn Kirnie, Visual Arts Manager, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy GreenwayConservancy and Terry Catchpole, Member, Board of Directors, Arts & Business Council of Boston; and Member, Advisory Board, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID).
Programming private public sites as well as publicly owned sites in Boston requires funding, community partnerships, politics and poetics. This dynamic team will discuss Convergence in the context of the past, present and the future strategies of making public art in Boston happen as they stroll through the Plaza project.

On Wednesday October 23rd, I will be speaking about Convergence at the Rotary Club of Boston. More info here. The group meets Every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:30pm at McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurant at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel , 34 Columbus Street, Boston, MA 02116
$20 for a served lunch or $5 for coffee.

From the website: 'Each week, we have a luncheon for members, guests and visiting Rotarians. Guests and walk-ins are always welcome and there is no need to notify us in advance.

Since our club was founded in 1909, the Rotary Club of Boston #7 has had over 5,000 speakers. Past speakers have included Boston's mayors, Massachusetts Governors, Red Sox coaches, presidents of Boston's colleges & universities, and corporate leaders, among others.

The principle for our luncheon speakers is to gather together Boston's leading citizens for lunch with top-notch speakers. The speakers are from Boston's business, cultural and political life.

They are a prime reason that we are willing to leave our offices and homes for an hour of friendship and discussion each week.

Come join our club to hear Boston's best speakers. You will leave a better informed Bostonian with a broader perspective. Plus, your participation will support our local and international philanthropic efforts, part of what makes Rotary respected worldwide.'