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Donna McCullough lives and works in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area. 

Artist Statement

 

“Fashion is well known as a reliable reflection of cultural trends and historical events. On a personal level, it has become my creative vehicle for exploring the mysteries of life.

 

My inspiration arose from contemplating the dichotomy between the perception of women as fragile, delicate creatures, and the reality that most women are defined by resiliency and steely resolve. I employ a juxtaposition of extremes such as lightness and gravity, suppleness and intransigence, to convey feminine sensibilities.

 

Crafted of steel and embellished with flourishes of wire mesh, screening, cut-outs, and bits of found objects, the dresses are at once both elegant and imposing. I like the duplicitous nature of steel which can be manipulated to appear feminine and soft while actually maintaining its strength and rigidity—an expression in contrasts and complements.”

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One Person Shows 

• 2009 - Marymount University - Barry Gallery - Arlington, VA

• 2008 - Aughinbaugh Art Gallery - Messiah College - Grantham, PA

• 2004 - Sculpture Garden at The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II - McLean, VA

• 2002 - Creative Partners Gallery - Bethesda, MD

• 2001 - Maryland College of Art and Design - Gudelsky Gallery - Silver Spring, MD

• 1999-2000 - Interim Gallery - The National Press Building - Washington, DC

Two Person Shows 

• 2011 - Morpeth Contemporary - Hopewell, NJ
• 2008 - Zenith Gallery - “For Real” - Washington, DC

• 2007 - Zenith Gallery - “The Allure of Texture” - Washington, DC

• 2006 - Ruth Morpeth Gallery - Hopewell, New Jersey

• 2006 - Creative Partners Gallery - Bethesda, MD

• 2005 - Ruth Morpeth Gallery - Hopewell, New Jersey

• 2002 - Ruth Morpeth Gallery - Hopewell, New Jersey

• 2000 - Ruth Morpeth Gallery - Hopewell, New Jersey

• 1997 - Ruth Morpeth Gallery - Pennington, NJ

 

Selected Invitational & Juried Shows

• 2015 - Syd Entel Galleries "ArtDresses 2" - Safety Harbor, FL

• 2012 - The Mansion at Strathmore  “Strathmore Unleashed” - North Bethesda, MD -  curator Harriet Lesser

• 2012 - The Mansion at Strathmore  “Your Are What You Eat” - North Bethesda, MD -  curator Harriet Lesser

• 2011 -  Arts Council of Princeton Paul Robeson Center for the Arts - "Raw Beauty"  curator Rebecca Kelly

• 2010-2013 - American Ambassador's Residence - Brussels, Belgium - Art In Embassies Program- curator Sally Mansfield

• 2010-2013 - American Ambassador's Residence - Paris, France - Art In Embassies Program- curator Robert Soppelsa

• 2010 - Black Rock Center for the Arts - Germantown, MD - “Personal Armor” -curator Trudi Van Dyke

• 2009 - Art Museum of the Americas OAS - “Bilateral Engagement” - Washington, DC - curator Laura Roulet

• 2009 - United States Botanic Garden - “Flora: Growing Inspirations” - Washington, DC

• 2007 - Suffolk Museum - “Women of Steel, Men of Cloth” - Suffolk, VA - curator Trudi Van Dyke

• 2006 - Hi•ckory Museum Of Art - “NASCAR Inspired” - Hickory, NC - curator Gina Mitchell

• 2006 - Zenith Gallery - “Dimensions” - Washington, DC - curator Anne Surak

• 2005 - 2006 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Merida, Yucatan, MEXICO - “Hermandades Escultoricas: Mexico - USA”

• 2005 - Gallery of Functional Art - “The Group 2005” - Santa Monica, CA

• 2004 - Zenith Gallery - “Ready To Wear” - Washington, DC - curator Anne Weber

• 2004 - United States Botanic Garden - “Flora, Sculptures of the Natural World” - Washington, DC - curator Lillian Fitzgerald

• 2004 - Gallery of Functional Art - “The Group 2004” - Santa Monica, CA

• 2003 - Carla Massoni Gallery - Chestertown, MD

• 2002 - Patricia Carlisle Gallery - “The Horse Through the Eyes of the Artist” - Santa Fe, NM

• 2002 - Northern Westchester Center for the Arts - “The Horse Show” - Mt. Kisco, NY

• 2002 - The Art Center, Steve Austin University - “Texas National” - Nacogdoches, TX - curator Sandy Skoglund

• 2002 - 1111 Pennsylvannia Avenue Sculpture Space - “Inaugural Exhibition” - Washington, DC

• 2001- 2002 - Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts - “Out of Tradition” - Wilmington, DE

• 2001- 2002 - Mill River Gallery - Ellicott City, MD — Member’s Choice Award

• 2001 - 57 N Fine Art - “The Other Texas” - Washington, DC - curator Lorraine Adams

• 2001 - Northern Westchester Center for the Arts - “Spirit of the Horse” - Mt. Kisco, NY

• 2000 - The Ellipse Art Center “Way Off The Rack, Costume As Sculpture” - Arlington, VA - curator Trudi Van Dyke

• 2000 - Grounds for Sculpture “Washington Sculptors Group”- Hamilton, NJ

• 1999 - The Corcoran Museum of Art - “4th Corcoran Alumni Hemicycle Exhibition” - Washington, DC

• 1999 - William G. Kenton Gallery, International Museum of the Horse -“Fall Showcase of Equine Art” - Lexington, KY
            — Museum Director’s Award

• 1999 - Madison-Morgan Cultural Center -“Celebration of the Horse - The Horse in Fine Art”- Madison, Georgia, 1999

• 1998 - Washington Ballet’s Fannie May Gallery -“Interpretation of Dance in the Visual Arts” - Washington, DC

• 1998 - Museum of the Americas - “Neighbors: The Corcoran at the OAS” - Washington, DC

Commissions

• 2003 - St. Bede’s Catholic Church - Floor Mosaic - Williamsburg- VA

• 2002 - Bowie City - Outdoor Steel Sculpture - Sussex Park - Bowie, MD

• 2001 - Bowie State University - Outdoor Steel Sculpture - Bowie, MD

• 2001 - Mater Dei School - Outdoor Wood Sculpture - Bethesda, MD

•1989 - Baltimore City Anti-Graffiti Program - Outdoor Mural - Baltimore, MD

 

Awards

• 2012 - James Renwick Alliance Recognition of Excellence - 2012 Artomatic

• 2011 - Maryland State Arts Council Grant

• 2002 - Member’s Choice Award - Baltimore Sculptors Group Annual Show - Ellicott City, MD

• 1999 - Museum Director’s Award - “Fall Showcase of Equine Art”
William G. Kenton Gallery, International Museum of the Horse” - Lexington, Kentucky  

• 1997 - Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc. - Brooklyn, NY 

 

Memberships

• Washington Sculpture Group - (Board of Directors 1998-2006)

• Washington Project for the Arts

• Baltimore Sculptors Group - Sculptors Inc.

• International Sculpture Center

 

Education

• University of MD, College Park - 2009 

• Study with Mauro Berretinni - Serra de Rapolano, Italy - 1998 

• Corcoran School of Art - 1990's

• Maryland Institute College of Art - 1980's

• A.A., Catonsville Community College, Catonsville, MD 1975

 

Bibliography

• Impeccable Virginia Magazine Dec./Jan. 2015/2016 pgs. 23 and 27

• Modern Luxury Magazine 2015

• ManneqArt Calendar 2014

• Desk Calendar: U.S. Department of State  ”Homage to American Women Artists”  2012.  week 26

• Book:  Martin, Brigitte  “Humor in Craft” Schiffer Publishing 2012.  pg. 116

• Book: Campello, F. Lennox   "100 Washington, DC Artists” Schiffer Publishing 2011 

• Book: Rooney, E. Ashley   "100 Mid-Atlantic Artists” Schiffer Publishing 2011 

• TV: HGTV - Home and Garden Television -  That’s Clever - Steel Cheerleader Dress Sculpture -
         April 12, 2005 -  Episode HCLVR-1A13

• Book: Hansson, Bobby   “The Fine Art of the Tin Can, Techniques & Inspirations” (revised edition), Lark Books 2004. pg.144 

• Crafts Report

• Santafean Magazine

• The Chronicle of the Horse

• Montgomery Cable Channel

• Montgomery Gazette

• Newspaper: Van Dongen, Susan     Wild Horses (Cover Story)
TIME OFF cultural guide Princeton Packet, September 15, 2000. pgs 18 & 19

• Equine Images Magazine

• Book: Cherkasky, Lisa & Comet, Renée   The Artful Pie, Chapters Publishing, 1993. Pg.158, 159

• The Washington Post

• International Design Journal