Dona Schwartz/ Dona Schwartz

United States

Photography

www.donaschwartz.com

Dona Schwartz
Dona Schwartz
Female
United States
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Every bird has its nest, the place where it always returns, raises her offspring, where it sleeps and lives. The humans are quite similar, and Dona Schwartz realizes that better than the most. Her work is inspired with life, as she explores the themes like culture and everyday life. In many of her photographs, her own family is in the focus. The artist has the ability to capture both what has happened in the past, and the expectations considering the future. The struggles that were and the uncertainty of what will be are clearly shown, as the time isn’t limited to just one moment. Dona is documenting entire lives with her photographs.

Time in the photographs isn’t limited to just one moment

Dona Schwartz - Andrea and Brad, 16 Days, 2009 (detail), parents like days, months and years in the nest
Dona Schwartz – Andrea and Brad, 16 Days, 2009 (detail)

What is Home?

What do people feel when they think of a home and what is takes to turn a certain place into one? Is it a physical space, or are there some emotions necessary? What takes for one to become a strange place? The artist is seeking questions for these, and many other questions. As a person who moved with her family, the topics carry specific weight, but also give the particular emotional tone to her work. She knows it’s difficult to start over, but it isn’t impossible.

In the series Kitchen, she acknowledges the kitchen as a place in the house where we seek emotional and physical sustenance. We welcome there both our closest friends and most recent acquaintances. No matter how much things change in life, the kitchen stays the hub of the family life. For the Mothers and Others series, the lives of two mothers sharing nothing more than a name is documented. The photographs show the differences in the lives of the families, based on the economic situation. On the Nest series has two parts, one dealing with the people soon expecting to become parents and the changes and the expectations of parenthood. The second is exploring the reality of the nest being empty, as the children are leaving or there were no children at all. Schwartz is equally interested in the both scenarios, but the emotions and consequences of creating a new life never cease to amaze her.

Emotions in the creation of new life never cease to amaze the artist

Dona Schwartz - Bobby and Kevin, Waiting To Adopt, 2012 (detail), a day in the nest is magnificent for parents, who just like it
Dona Schwartz – Bobby and Kevin, Waiting To Adopt, 2012 (detail)

Artist and an Educator

The artist has an extensive education which includes the BA with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, the MA from the Annenberg School of Communications, the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and a PhD in 1983, from the same institution. In addition to being an artist, she is also an educator. She currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a scholar, two academic publications stand out, photographic ethnographies titled Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her own work, a photographic monograph In the Kitchen was published in 2009 by Kehrer Verlag.

Schwartz earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania

Dona Schwartz - Leola, 3 Months, 2012 (detail), no one knows how many day or years does he have left
Dona Schwartz – Leola, 3 Months, 2012 (detail)

To Belong Somewhere

The feeling of belonging somewhere is a powerful one. Inspiring, motivating, comforting, as well. The place we call home is a place where all the masks come off, where we are who we truly are. There we mature, grow, raise the children if we are fortunate enough to have them. Dona Schwartz knows the significance of the home, and she is using her talent and knowledge to explore it further and see what does it means for other people.

She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Dona Schwartz lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

Featured image: Dona Schwartz – Christina and Mark, 14 Months, 2010 (detail)

All images, including featured, copyright © Dona Schwartz.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016On the NestStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2015Ladies Only #3Galerie Lichtblick, Koln, GermanyGroup
2015For Love or MoneyThe Kinsey Institute Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, INGroup
2015Ladies Only, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, 2015L'atelier cinq, Arles, FranceGroup
2014L I N E U P : Pattern, Type, TaxonomyLandmark Arts Texas Tech University School of ArtGroup
2014Ladies OnlyMoMA Tbilisi Tsereteli, Kolga Tbilisi Photo FestivalGroup
2014Spring Open StudioTraffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2013On the NestFine Art Museum n.a. Kovalenko, Krasnodar, RussiaSolo
2013Face-to-Face, The Human Image in the Collections of Photographers: Network 2004-2013Stadtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany Group
2013Fall Open StudioTraffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2013Spring Open StudioTraffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2012In the KitchenAppleby Hall Art Gallery, The Women's Center, University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesSolo
2012The Youth Code! Juvenilia Photographica, 2012 Photo BiennaleDaegu, KoreaGroup
2012Domestic, Biennal Xavier MiserachsPalafrugell, SpainGroup
2012Collecting EvidenceAltered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2012Contemporary American PhotographyKolga Tbilisi Photo FestivalGroup
2012Open StudioTraffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2011Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011National Portrait Gallery, London, UKGroup
2011The Art of Caring: A Look at LifeArt Museum of South TexasGroup
2011The Art of Caring: A Look at LifeArt Museum of Fort LauderdaleGroup
2011Likeness: Portraiture from the Photography CollectionPortland Art MuseumGroup
2011Discoveries of the Meeting PlaceRedLine Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2011Der Zweite Blick: Schatze aus unserem LagerGalerie Lichtblick, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2010Discoveries of the Meeting Place, XIV Bienal de Fotografia 2010Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2010Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010National Portrait Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Ethnographic Terminalia 2010DuMois Gallery, New Orleans, LAGroup
2010The Art of Caring: A Look at LifeCincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH Group
2010Discoveries of the Meeting Place, FOTOFEST2010 13th International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related ArtHouston TXGroup
2010DomesticEspacio Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain Group
20102010 Print Auction ExhibitionHouston Center for Photography Group
2009In the KitchenUniversity of Leeds, Leeds, UKSolo
2009On the NestDarmstadter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
2009The Art of CaringNew Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA Group
2009Digital—Daguerreotype: Photographs of PeopleCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2009I Want to Be HappyUno Art Space, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2008Teen City: L’aventure adolescenteMusee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, SwitzerlandGroup
2008The Photographic Portrait Prize 2007Lowry Art Gallery, Manchester, UKGroup
2007The Photographic Portrait Prize 2007National Portrait Gallery, London, UKGroup
2007Spectra '07 National Photography TriennialSilvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT Group
2007Photographers:NetworkStudio Thomas Kellner, Siegen, Germany Group
2007InteractionsCenter for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, COGroup
2007PhotocentricMinnesota Center for Photography Juried Member’s Exhibition, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2007Kinsey ConfidentialKinsey Institute Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, INGroup
2007Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography from The Kinsey InstituteHerron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN Group
2007Suburban/DomesticSalina Art Center, Salina, KSGroup
2007Regarding IntimacyBertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NY Group
2006In the KitchenBlue Sky Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2006In the KitchenStephen Bulger Gallery Project Space, Toronto, ONSolo
2006Center Awards Juried ExhibitionCenter for Photographic Art, Carmel, CAGroup
2006Photo Review Best of ShowUniversity of the Arts Gallery 1401, Philadelphia, PAGroup
200612th Juried ExhibitionGriffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MAGroup
2006Pingyao International Photography FestivalPingyao, ChinaGroup
2006Domestic DiariesRockford Art Museum, Rockford, ILGroup
2006Selbstsicht—der Schritt ins BildDarmstadter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
2006Aus AmerikaGalerie Lichtblick, Koln, GermanyGroup
2005PhotocentricMinnesota Center for Photography Juried Member’s ExhibitionGroup
200515th Annual Center Awards Juried CompetitionCenter for Photographic Art, Carmel, CAGroup
2005FocusedPhotographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA Group
2005Members’ ExhibitionPhotographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, MAGroup
200511th Annual Juried ExhibitionGriffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MAGroup
2005Artists Interrogate: Race and IdentityMilwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2005Contemporary American Photography, 7th Internationale FototageMannheim/Ludwigshafen, GermanyGroup
2004In the KitchenMinnesota Center for Photography Project Space, Minneapolis, MNSolo
200414th Annual Center Awards Juried CompetitionCenter for Photographic Art, Carmel, CAGroup
2004Visual Proof!Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WAGroup
1993Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm,Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, MNSolo
1987Photographs from the Waucoma ProjectFilm In The Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota, MNSolo