Dona Nelson


1968 Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.F.A.
1968 Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York City

Selected Grants and Awards

2013 Artist Legacy Foundation Award
2011 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2011 Recipient
2000 Tesuque Foundation Grant. Peer nominated
1994 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
September 26, 2015 - January 30, 2016

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Phigor, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City, April-May, 2014
2010 VOLTA NY-Solo Booth, March 4-7, 2010
2008 in situ: paintings 1973-present Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City, April 24-May 31, 2008
2006 Brain Stain Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City
2003 Tactile Image Cheim and Read, New York City
2001 Stations of the Subway Cheim and Read, New York City
2000 Dona Nelson: The Stations of the Subway, Octopuses and Arrangements. Weatherspoon Art Gallery. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina. Curator, Ron Platt. Catalogue Essay by Klaus Kertess
1999 Parks and Portraits: Dona Nelson, 1983-88 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Morris Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Essay by Sanford Schwartz
1996 Michael Klein Gallery, New York City
1993 Michael Klein Gallery, New York City
1990, 1989 Scott Hanson Gallery, New York City
1985 A room of painting at P.S.1, Long Island City, New York
1983 Hamilton Gallery, New York City
1982 Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York City
1975 Rosa Esman Gallery, New York City

Selected Group Exhibitions

Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, 02/10 to 07/06/15, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, curated by Katy Siegel.

Making Sense: Rochelle Feinstein, Deborah Grant, Iva Gueorguieva, Dona Nelson, curated by Margaret Miller, Director USF Institute for Research in Art, and Megan Voeller, Associate Curator of Education, USF Contemporary Art Museum; organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum, September 25-December 12, 2014.

NADA Art Fair, Thomas Erben Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, 2014.

In the Office of the Drunken Monkey, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, August 8-September 7, 2014.

The 2014 Whitney Biennial

NADA Art Fair, Thomas Erben Gallery, Miami Beach Florida

Outside the Lines, Curated by Dean Daderko, Curator, CAMH, October 31, 2013-January 12, 2014, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas.

Dyeing Merging Multitasking, organized by Leeza Meksin, July 17-August 18, 2013, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Queens, New York.

Untitled (Hybrid), curated by Kate McNamara; Robert Miller Gallery, April 19-June 1, 2013

Three in Doubles, Shanna Waddell, Kelly McCraven, Dona Nelson; April, 2013, Fjord, Philadelphia.

Sadie Benning, Thomas Kovachevich, Dona Nelson; Callicoon Fine Arts, New York City

Low Epic, curated by Sheryl Oppenheim, Chashama, New York City
Simpatico, Boston University Art Gallery, at the Stone Gallery, September 7 to October 21, 2012, curated by Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator, Boston University Art Gallery

Mary Boone Gallery, New York City, 745 Fifth Avenue, March 22-April 28, 2012

Salon Zürcher, Zürcher Studio, 33 Bleecker Street, New York City, March 5-12, 2012

NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida, December 1-4, 2011
Thomas Erben Gallery, Booth #113

Affinities: Painting in Abstraction, curated by Kate McNamara, D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York City, June 30-August 19, 2011

Texture,txt, Regina Rex, Queens, NYC, January 6-February 13, 2011

From the Page's Edge: Water in Literature and Art, traveling exhibition, curated by Jean Creighton. Next venue, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vermont, opening May 29, 2011

A Painting Show, temporary space, 508 West 26th Street, Harris Lieberman Gallery, organized by Laura Raicovich and Jessie Washburne-Harris, May 6-June 4, 2011, New York City

15 Years Thomas Erben Gallery, May 6-June 4, 2011, New York City

Incipent Image, curated by Stephen Maine, New York City, Lesley Heller Gallery, March

Vivid, curated by Janet Phelps, Schroder, Romero & Shredder

40, Texas Gallery, June 15-July 31, 2010

PASTORALE, curated by Klaus Kertess, NYU, 80WSE, New York City, September 14-October 16, 2010

Animate Matter, Pia Maria Martin, Dona Nelson, Richard Staub, Rose Wylie, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City

Pushing Paint, Museum of Nebraska Art, Fall, 2009

Spaced Out/On Time, September 11-October 11, Canada Gallery, New York City

Thomas Erben Gallery at Chatterjee & Lai, Mumbai, India. August 2008. Affinities Redux, Ramapo College, November 2008, curated by Kate McNamara

Charismatic Abstraction, Chris Martin, Moira Dryer, Mike Cloud, John L. Moore Richmond Center for Visual Arts, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan

CCS Bard Spring Exhibitions, March, Bard College

Scope Art Fair/Miami, Thomas Erben Gallery

Still Life, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York City

Field Questions, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Art/Basil/Miami, Cheim and Read Gallery

WTC, Living in the Shadows, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York

Wall Street Rising-Art Downtown, New York City

Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City

Jump,The Painting Center, New York City

Vivid, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, England. Traveled to Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, Conventry (April 27-June 28, 2002) and to Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sutherland (July 12-August 23, 2002)

Beyond the Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Group Exhibition at Marlborough Gallery/Chelsea, New York City
Selected Bibliography

Review: 'Pretty Raw' Recounts Helen Frankenthaler's Influence on the Art World, Roberta Smith, The New York Times, June 3, 2015.

Hyperallergic Weekend, May31, 2015. Martha Buskirk on Pretty Raw: Art After and Around Helen Frankenthaler, 02/10 to 06/07/15, curated by Katy Siegel.

Vogue Magazine, July issue, pp. 140 - 141.

Julian Kreimer, "Dona Nelson," Art in America, June/July, pp.140-141.

Barry Schwabsky, "Dona Nelson," Artforum, Summer, 2014.

Roberta Smith, "Phigor: Dona Nelson," The New York Times, May 9th.

Rick Briggs, "Phigor: Go Figure," Hyperallergic, May 3rd.

"Dona Nelson," Goings on About Town: Art, The New Yorker, May 12th.

Fabian Lopez, "the Alchemy of Phigor and Others," Title Magazine, April 21st.

"Past, Present, Futurism," Barry Schwabsky, The Nation, April 12, 2014.

Peter Schjeldahl, "The Whitney Biennial," The New Yorker, March 17, 2014.

Ted Loos, Vogue, March issue, p.520.

"Female Painters," (with photograph of Okie Dokie), New York Times, February 28, 2014.

Jerry Saltz, "Seeing Out Loud: There's a Smart Show Struggling to Get Out of this Big, Bland Whitney Biennial,"

Andrew Russeth, "The Whitney Biennial Disappoint, With Misfires, Omissions, Only Glimmers of Greatness," Gallerist,, March 6, 2014.

Holland Cotter, "One Last Dance in the Old Place," New York Times, March 6, 2014.

Samantha Melamed, "Philadelphia artists shine at Whitney Biennial,", The Inquirer, February 26, 2014.

Steven Zevitas, Huffpost Arts & Culture, December 20, 2013.

Edith Newhall, "Galleries: Woodmere show focuses on contemporary art," The Inquirer, June 3, 2013.

Cate McQuaid, "Ornate,pushy,celebratory - yet all compatible," The Boston Globe, September 19, 2012.

"12 Painters to Watch In 2012," Steven Zevitas, Huffington Post, 12/27/11.

"Fair Play: NADA,"

"12 to Watch in 2012: Publisher's Picks,"

Faye Hirsh, "Lawler, Wearing Put Women on Top at Gallery Week," Art in America, online International Review.

Stephen Truax, "At Regina Rex, Latin Roots Woven Together,"

Andrew Russeth,, February 2, 2011.

Susie Kalil, "Woman power:Texas Gallery's 40 sends a welcome jolt through the Houston art scene," Culturemap Houston.

Wendy Vogel, "40, Texas Gallery Houston," Art Lies, Issue 66.

Roberta Smith, "Spaced Out/On Time," The New York Times, September 25.

Roberta Smith, "Art in Review, Dona Nelson," The New York Times, May 23, p. E26.

Unsigned. The New Yorker, May 19th, p.16.

Edith Newhall, "Get Thee to Elkins Park," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/12.

2006 "Dona Nelson at ThomasErben," 9/14.

Carrie Moyer. "Brain Stain," The Brooklyn Rail, October.

Holland Cotter. "Art in Review; Dona Nelson," The New York Times, 9/22.

Stephen Maine. "Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben," Art in America, December, p. 149.

Stephen Westfall. "Dona Nelson at Cheim & Read," Art in America, June, pp/ 117-118.

Jerry Saltz. "Rays of Light,", January 27.

Unsigned., January 29.

Unsigned. "Previews," Contemporary, #47/48, p. 38.

Unsigned. "Art," The New Yorker, February 3, pp. 19-20.

Ken Johnson. "Dona Nelson, Art Reviews," The New York Times, January 31.

Paul Mattick. "Dona Nelson at Cheim & Read," Art in America, June, pp. 124-125.

Edith Newhall. "Subway Series," New York Magazine, January 15, p.68.

Unsigned. "Art," The New Yorker, January 29, p. 18.

Robert Mahoney. "Dona Nelson; 'Stations of the Subway'," Time Out, New York, January 25 February 1, p.64.

Ann Landi. "Dona Nelson," ARTnews, April, p. 141.

Roberta Smith. "Dona Nelson," Art Reviews, The New York Times, February 16.

Roberta Smith. "Last Chance," The New York Times, February 23.

Brown, Gerard. "Review/Art," Philadephia Weekly, January 27, p. 34.
Johnson, Ken. "Review/Art," The New York Times, May 1, p. E43.

Hirsh, Faye. "Abstracting the Familiar [The Work of Dona Nelson]," Art in America, February.

Ostrow, Saul. "Essential Gestures," Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, Kansas, exhibition catalogue.

Smith, Roberta. "Dona Nelson: Paradox Lake," The New York Times, March 29, p. 25.

MacAdam, Alfred. "Dona Nelson, ARTnews, June, p. 149.

Ostrow, Saul. "Painting All-Over Again," Palacio de Montemuzo, Zaragoza, Spain, exhibition catalogue.

Posner, Helene. "Face to Face: Recent Abstract Painting," M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, exhibition catalogue.

Yablonsky, Linda. "Dona Nelson at Michael Klein Inc.," Artforum, January. Hirsh, Faye.

"Dona Nelson at Michael Klein," Art in America, May.

Saltz, Jerry. "A Year in the Life: Tropic of Painting, Art in America, October.

Whelan, Richard. " Interview with Dona Nelson," Bomb Magazine,
No XXXXVI, Winter.

Lieberman, William. "American Narrative painting and Sculpture: the 1980's," Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY, exhibition catalogue.

Smith, Roberta. "Review/Art," The New York Times, August, p. C22. 1990.

Unsigned. "Art," The New Yorker, June 11, p. 20.

Pardee, Hearne. "In the Galleries," Art and Antiques, November.

Liebmann, Lisa. "Dona Nelson's Time Pieces," Artforum, March, pp. 90-93.

Smith, Roberta. "Tales of Ordinary People Told in Bits and Pieces," The New York Times, March 31, 1989.

Reid, Calvin. "Dona Nelson and Archie Rand at Scott Hanson," Art in America, November.

Jacobs, Joseph. "Faces Since the Fifties," Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Philadelphia, exhibition catalogue.

Kertess, Klaus. "The Painterly Figure," The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, exhibition catalogue.

Kramer, Hilton. "Dona Nelson," The New York Times, January 25.

Unsigned. "Dona Nelson," Arts Magazine, March.

Nelson, Dona. [Letter to the Editor.] Artforum, September.

Lucy Lippard. "26 Contemporary Women Artists," Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, exhibition catalogue.

Shearer, Linda. "Ten Young Artists: Theodoron Awards," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, exhibition catalogue.