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Donna Dennis
Donna Dennis (b. 1942), sculptor, painter and printmaker, was born in Springfield, Ohio and grew up outside of New York. She received her B.A. from Carleton College and later studied in Paris and at the Art Students' League. She is best known for her complex sculptural installations that draw inspiration from vernacular architecture, both urban and rural. BLUE BRIDGE/red shift, a 24-foot long evocation of railway drawbridges was exhibited at SculptureCenter in New York in 1993 and her subway-inspired Deep Station filled the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum in 1987 and then traveled to the Delaware Art Museum, the Madison Art Center and the Indianapolis Museum. In 2007, her Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue, an outdoor installation, was exhibited on Park Avenue in New York City. Her work is included in the recent Phaidon Press Sculpture Today, which overviews developments in sculpture worldwide during the past 40 years. In 2004, her work was included in an important international survey, "Architecture & Arts 1900 – 2004," at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy, curated by Germano Celant. Dennis has collaborated with poets Anne Waldman, Kenward Elmslie and Ted Berrigan and with performance artist/puppeteer Dan Hurlin. Her work is in prominent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Microsoft Collection, the Walker Art Center, Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany, the Indianapolis Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Neuberger Museum and the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. She has also completed permanent public art commissions at John F. Kennedy Airport, P.S. 234 and Queens College in New York and at the Wonderland MBTA Station in Boston. She is the recipient of many grants and awards including four National Endowment Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants. She heads the Sculpture program at Purchase College, SUNY and lives in New York City.

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