Dona Nelson has had twelve solo exhibitions of her paintings, primarily in New York City. In 2000, she had a large survey show of her work at the Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art in Greensboro, North Carolina. She had solo exhibitions in 2001 and 2003 at the Cheim and Read Gallery in New York City. She currently exhibits her work at the Thomas Erben Gallery in New York City. She has also been featured in many group exhibitions throughout the country, including the 2013 Whitney Biennial. Her paintings have been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America and ArtForum. Nelson’s paintings are included in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art and The Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2011, Nelson was a recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2012, she was the recipient of an Artist Legacy Foundation Grant. She is known for creating installations of large, physical, two sided paintings that establish an architectural environment that addresses the immediate experience of time and space and resists photographic transcription. Nelson has cited Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock and Edvard Munch, as important influences. Dona Nelson is a Professor of Painting at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has also served as a Visiting Critic at Yale University and a faculty member in the Summer MFA Program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.F.A., 1968
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York City, 1968