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ABOUT THE WORK

Donnelly in the studio
photo by Liz Magee

“Donnelly’s paintings are imaginary landscapes that try to aggregate emblems of information overload, apocalypse, and what she calls ‘human-generated chaos’ – they depict recognizable things in uncomfortable attitudes of disarray.
[T]hey seem to work as allegories of landscape composed on a larger canvas of cultural detritus, big paintings that try to bring big ideas together on canvas, an exciting and difficult proposition, both chaotic and beautiful; sinuous and ugly; bizarre because they yoke unlike things together in a landscape of unlikeness.”

– from Jared Stanley‘s essay TWO BY LAND


CONTACT

Studio: 3240 Collins Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Email: [email protected]


BIO

Nicole Donnelly is a Philadelphia-based painter, hand papermaker, and installation artist. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2009 and her BA from Bennington College, and she has received grants and fellowships to complete residencies at the Morgan Conservatory of Paper, the Goldwell Open Air Museum, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Donnelly often collaborates with other artists and poets through the media of paper and paint. She is the President of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), operates the creative papermaking studio paperTHINKtank, and her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.


CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013
Two by Land, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
2012
Nicole Donnelly & Andrew Chalfen, Seeds Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2011
Mercury Retrograde, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Meridian Axis, Gallery at Kol Ami, Cheltenham, PA
2010
place : memory : here, Warehouse 414, Topeka, KS
2009
Stories of Waterfalls, MFA exhibition, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA
New Paper Works, Byron Burford Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2008
To Make the Connection, Byron Burford Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
New Drawings, Eve Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2007
Where the Light Falls, Byron Burford Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Unobstructed Views, Byron Burford Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
Feast on Paper, Fengxian Library Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Natural Impressions, Israel Paper Art Biennial, Carasso Science Park, Be’er Sheva, Israel
Desert Notes, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, and Left of Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2016
From Nature to Nature, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, BRAZIL
2015
New Horizons: the Pluto Exchange, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2013
The Art and Soul of Paper, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich, UK
Surface as Signifier, [email protected], Philadelphia, PA
Summer Exhibition, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
One Brown Shoe, project by Lenka Clayton, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Ossuary, project by Laurie Beth Clark, University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN
Washi and Other Ephemera, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
2012
Make It, Break It, Rebuild It, Oxford Mills, Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA
7th Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Kaytie Johnson (Galleries at Moore College), William Way Center, Philadelphia, PA
Art in the Open, Schuylkill River Trail and Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Message + Medium, PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
Maintaining and Altering Identity, PANDA, New York, NY
BOOKED!, curated by HomeSkooled Gallery at Soapbox Independent Publishing Center, Philadelphia, PA
Paper, Botanical Garden of the University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
2011
Leaf and Bound, Burgess Hall Art Gallery, Eureka College, Eureka, IL
Nicole Donnelly and Joseph McGrath, O.U.R. Gallery and Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Process + Product: National Invitational Book & Paper Arts, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
2010
Paper Road, Chi’ang Art Center, Wonju, South Korea
Duo Tone, dual exhibit with Cameron Blyth, Earth Bread & Brewery, Mount Airy, PA
Passing Notes, HomeSkooled Gallery, Arts on South Street, Philadelphia, PA
PULP: Fact, Fiction & Fantasy, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
Oblique Patience, SCENE Metrospace, East Lansing, MI
After Christmas Slasher Sale & Fundraiser, Public Space ONE, Iowa City, IA
2009
Paper Works!, juried by Winifred A. Lutz, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Asian Persuasion, Salt Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Puppets, Stages, Parades & More, Session II of the ICSA Residency, shadow puppet performance of “Anna Pesa: Penumbra,” Burford Gallery, Iowa City, IA
The Great Art Scavenger Hunt, Session I of the ICSA Residency, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa MFA Show, Studio Arts Galleries, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Asa Nisi Masa, Frontier Logic, Iowa City, IA
Recent Works, Studio Arts Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Your Silver Lining, dual exhibit with printmaker Nicole Pietrantoni, Studio Arts Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Instructions 12, Arts Iowa City, IA
Memorial for Gelsy Verna, Portico Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Jakobsen Conference, Blank Honors Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2007
AIDS Benefit Auction, Chait Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Art & War, Art Gallery West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Obscenity on the Wall, Eve Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Works on Paper, Art Gallery West, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
First Annual Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
A Show of Hands: 15th Annual Art Auction, Moore Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Brad Carney and Nicole Donnelly, dual exhibit, North on South, Philadelphia, PA
Double Takes, Double Shots Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
2005
Mural Artists Juried Exhibition, Mural Arts Program, Thomas Eakins House, Philadelphia, PA
A Square Foot, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003
SWARM Tour, dual exhibit with photographer Alexandra DiezBarroso, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Woman: In the Eye of the Artist, celebrating International Women’s Day, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Awards / Honors / Residencies

2017
Artist in Residence, Morgan Conservatory of Paper, Cleveland, OH
2015, 2017
Goldwell Supported Artist Residency, Rhyolite, NV
2011
Artist in Residence + VSC Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnston, VT
2010
Resident Artist + Art in Education Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
2009
Resident Artist and Organizer, Iowa City Summer Arts Residency, Iowa City, IA
2008
Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship, University of Iowa

Curatorial Experience

2016-17
Luminous Within, an international traveling exhibition of paper artworks. Brazil, Chile, United States, and Australia.
2010-15
SkyDive : Performance and Poetry Series, Philadelphia, PA
2012
Paper Fortress , part of Fiber Philadelphia 2012, Pterodactyl Space, Philadelphia, PA
Make It, Break It, Rebuild It , 34 artist exhibition with dance and musical performances, part of the
Philly Fringe Festival. Oxford Mills, Philadelphia, PA.

Public Collections

Free Library of Philadelphia, Print and Picture Department, Philadelphia, PA.

Morgan Conservatory of Paper, Cleveland, OH.

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016-2018
Sculptural Papermaking, Papermaking with Plants, and Introduction to the Artist Book. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.
2015-present
Hand Papermaking, Bookbinding, and various printmaking, The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library, Philadelphia, PA.
2015-2016
(Environmental teaching) Artist in Residence, A2O Program, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
2012
Hand Papermaking Instructor, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS.
2010
Hand Papermakng Instructor, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY.
Silkscreen and T-shirt Design, Paul Green School of Rock, Philadelphia, PA.
2007-2009
Basic Drawing Instructor, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2007
Visual Art Instructor, Arts Share’s Summer Arts Camp, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2006-2007
Teaching Assistant for Painting III, Life Painting, and Life Drawing, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
2004-2005
Assistant Instructor, Big Picture Program, Mural Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

AFFILIATIONS

Friends of Dard Hunter

IAPMA

PRESS

A Year’s Worth of Verse at Poets House, New York Times Arts Beat, by John Williams, 3 July 2013. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/a-years-worth-of-verse-at-poets-house/

Two by Land: Paintings by Nicole Donnelly and Katherine Sandoz, Sheppard Contemporary/University of Nevada, Reno. Essay by Jared Stanley, April 2013.

University of Delaware @ Crane presents ‘Surface as Signifier’, by Chip Schwartz for KnightArts.org, 28 Feb. 2013.
http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/ud-crane-surface-as-signifier

Nicole Donnelly and Andrew Chalfen at Seeds Gallery by Chip Schwartz, Dec. 22, 2012.
http://www.theartblog.org/2012/12/nicole-donnelly-and-andrew-chalfen-at-seeds-gallery

Local Artists Win Group Show at Center, by Jen Colletta
http://www.epgn.com/view/full_story/18898546/article-Local-artists-win-group-show-at-center?instance=home_news

Art in the Open
http://brewermultimedia.com/2012/06/07/art-in-the-open-at-schuylkill-banks-park/

“Public Art that’s pure Goldsworthy” by Joe McNulty– http://philly.curbed.com/archives/2012/07/18/goldsworthy-1.php

Reviews of PAPER FORTRESS: Paper as Fiber (March 15 – April 22, 2012)
http://philly.sidearts.com/2012/03/paper-fortress-pterodactyl/

http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/rethinking-paper-pterodactyl

http://www.title-magazine.com/2012/03/paper-fortress/

http://colored-thread.blogspot.com/2012/04/synchronicity-and-other-things.html

Message & Medium at PhilaMOCA (March 2012)
http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/criticalmass/MISS-DOCENT-Mar-1.html?page=2

“Solo Trio,” Philadelphia Inquirer by Victoria Donohoe, 6 May 2011
http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20110506_Show_features_illustrator_s_wood_engravings.html

“Nicole Donnelly: Falling Water,” an interview with Steven Anderson for the Women’s Studio Workshop
http://blog.wsworkshop.org/?p=495

“If I Gave Up Concerns about Permanence and Ego,” an interview with Wolf in a Field
http://wolfinafield.blogspot.com/2010/01/if-i-gave-up-concerns-about-permanence.html

“Works made of paper bring fragile technique to a show at City Hall,” Philadelphia Inquirer by Victoria Donohoe, 23 Oct 2009
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/weekend/20091023_Works_made_of_paper_bring_fragile_technique_to_a_show_at_City_Hall.html