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Michele Oka Doner

nata a Miami Beach, USA, nel 1945. Vive e lavora a New York.
born in Miami beach, USA, in 1945. Lives and works in New York

MOSTRE PERSONALI \ SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008
HumanNature, Marlborough Gallery (Chelsea), New York, New York (catalog)

2004
Four Decades, Four Media, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York

2003
Michele Oka Doner: New Sculpture, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York (catalog)
Fleeting Moments, MIA Gallery, Miami, Florida (catalog)
Polarities, Lobby Gallery, The Wall Street Journal Building, New York, New York
The Palm Collection, Christofle, Paris, France, 2001 ELP Studio, Rome, Italy

2000
Paper/Papers, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York, New York
A Fuoco, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

1998
Ceremonial Silver, Primavera Gallery, New York, New York (catalog)

1991
Feigenson/Preston Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, Florida

1990
Art et Industrie, New York, New York (catalog)
The Pewabic Society, Detroit, Michigan
Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Retrospective, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester,
Michigan (catalog)

1989
Art et Industrie, New York, New York
Furniture of the Twentieth Century, New York, New York

1988
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, Florida

1987
Diane Brown Gallery, New York, New York
Forecast Gallery, Peekskill, New York

1984
Germans Van Eck Gallery, New York, New York

1978
Works in Progress: Michele Oka Doner, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan (catalog)

1975
Gallery Seven, Detroit, Michigan

1971
Gertrude Kasle Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

1968
Forsythe Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

MOSTRE COLLETTIVE \ GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery (Chelsea), New York, New York

2007
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Rubin Museum of Art, New
York, New York (book/catalog)
What We Keep: An Exhibition on Books and Memory, Sun Valley Center for the
Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho

2006
Feeding Desire, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution, New York, New York (catalog.)
Hot Pics, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

2005
Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Marlborough New York

2004
Art and Transit, NYIT School of Architecture and Design, Old Westbury, New York
Mining the Archives – Cultivating Public Space, Center for Jewish History, New
York
The Flag Project, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, New York

2003
National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York (catalog)
Immortal Clay, Garth Clark Gallery, Long Island City, New York
Goddess: The Classical Mode, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New
York
Turning Pages, Center Gallery, Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College, Miami,
FL (catalog, traveling exhibition)
The Art of Collage / Assemblage, Liman Studio Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2002
Group Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York

2000
Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference, Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York (catalog, traveling exhibition)
Firing Cycle: 50 Years of Clay at the Potters Guild, Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Double Debut, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York, New York
Anableps, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (catalog)

1999
Heroines and Heroes, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, New York
New Editions Outdoors, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Dysfunctional Sculpture, Center For Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

1998
Collaboration: Celebrating 25 Years of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade Cultural Center, Miami, Florida (brochure)
Acts of Faith, Abraham Lubelski Gallery, New York, New York
Born of Clay, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, New York

1997
Illuminations, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida
Figure and Fragility, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Inc., New York, New York
Form/Function or Metaphor, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester,
Michigan

1996
Bare Witness: Clothing and Nudity, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
New York

1995
Body Language, National Design Museum, New York, New York
Art and Architecture = Miami, Center of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
Back From Vacation, Art et Industrie, New York, New York

1994
Debut, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art and Design, Kansas City, Missouri (catalog)
Mirrors, The Second Parrish Art Museum Biennial, Southampton, New York
(catalog)
Art + Architecture: Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center, Philadelphia Art
Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1993
Palle, Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
Linen, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
Industrial Elegance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York (catalog)
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey
Sixties Ceramics from the Permanent Collection, American Craft Museum, New York, New York
Transcending Boundaries: An Aesthetic Exploration of Materials, Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, New York, New York
Two Decades of Public Art 1973-1993, Miami Dade Public Library, Main Branch, Miami, Florida
Essentials, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, New York
Formed by Fire, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalog)
Art/Functional Art, Turbulence Gallery, New York, New York (catalog)
Dolls in Art: A Metaphor for Personal Identity, Haggerty Museum, Marquette
University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (catalog)

1992
Architecture and Art, International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama, Japan (catalog)
Reperti, National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (catalog)
Design Resource, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution, New York, New York (catalog)
The Endowed Chair, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, New York (catalog)
Industrial Elegance, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California (catalog,
traveling exhibition)
Benchmarks, Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York (catalog)
Ceramic Sculpture: Figure and Form, The Society of Contemporary Crafts,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (catalog)

1991
New Acquisitions, 20th Century American, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Weathervanes, The First Parrish Art Museum Biennial, Southampton, New York (catalog)
Recent Acquisitions, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian
Institution, New York, New York
Magnets, Loren & Pere, New York, New York (catalog)

1990
Project Rembrandt, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
The Human Icon, Baylor Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (catalog)

1989
Ceramic Traditions: The Figure, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California
A Different War, Whatcom Museum of Natural History and Art, Belingham, Washington (catalog)

1988
Counterparts: Tables and Still Lifes, Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Interaction: Science and Art, The Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey
Art in Architecture, AIA National Convention, IDCNY, Long Island City, New
York (catalog)
In Bloom, BMW Gallery, New York, New York

1987
The Eloquent Object, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma (catalog)
Small Scale Sculpture, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Inaugural Exhibition, Art et Industrie, New York, New York

1986
Proposals for Ocean Park, Sculpture Finalists, Santa Monica, California
Art Aid, Sotheby’s Exhibit and Auction, New York, New York
Artists Interpret Utility, Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, Michigan (catalog)

1985
Artist’s Furniture, Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland
Artist’s Toys, Vanderwoude-Tananbaum, New York, New York
Sculpture in Architecture, Germans Van Eck Gallery, New York, New York Soul
Catchers, Stellweg/Seguy Gallery, New York, New York

1984
Artist’s Toys, Vanderwoude-Tananbaum, New York, New York
The Red Studio, New York, New York
Disarming Images, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (catalog)
Forms That Function, Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York
Affirmation of Life, Kenkeleba House, New York, New York

1983
Artist’s Call, Judson Church, New York, New York
Patrick Lannon Collection, Lake Worth Museum, Lake Worth, Florida
Ritual, Myth, Symbol, Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, Michigan
Sculpturesites, Amagansett, New York (catalog)

1982
Detroit Collects Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

1981
The Mask as Metaphor, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
Instruction Drawings: The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection, Cranbrook
Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (catalog)

1980
Image and Object in Contemporary Sculpture, P.S.1: Institute of Art and Urban
Resources, Long Island City, New York (catalog, traveling exhibition)

1979
The Unpainted Portrait, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
(catalog)

1977
Michigan Collects Art, Pontiac Creative Arts Center, Pontiac, Michigan (catalog)

1976
Objects: USA, The Johnson Collection, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New
York, New York (catalog)

1975
Dolls and Other Effigies, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan,
Wisconsin

1974
Michigan Focus, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan (catalog)
Fantastic Reality, Richard Nash Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1973
The Plastic Earth, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

1972
Form, Space, Energy, Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester,
Michigan

1971
All Michigan, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan (catalog)

1970
58th Exhibition for Michigan Artists, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit,
Michigan

1968
Objects: USA, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institute,
Washington, D.C. (catalog, traveling exhibition)
Selected Images, Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit, Michigan

COLLEZIONI PUBBLICHE SELEZIONATE \ SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
Bouverie Audubon Preserve, Glen Ellen, California
Centre Pompidou Library, Paris, France
City of Santa Monica, California
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York, New York
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Franklin Historic Cemetery, Franklin, Michigan
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
InterAmericas Society of Arts and Letters of the Americas, New York
The John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Meadow Brook Gallery, Rochester, Michigan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Herald Square Station, New York, New York
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada
Muséee des Arts Décoratifs, Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, New York
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
New York Public Library Rare Book Room, New York, NY
The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Rockefeller University Hospital, New York, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Wolfsoniana, Genova, Italy
Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, Florida

COMMISSIONI PUBBLICHE \ PUBLIC COMMISIONS

2010
Miami Intermodel Center, Earlington Heights Connector Metrorail Station,
Miami, Florida

2009
Healing Plants, UMDNJ University Hospital Cancer Center, Newark New Jersey.
L.A. Lace: Pollination, Metropolis Development, Downtown Los Angeles,
California
Walking Map, Terminal 18, Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida
Waterfall Chandeliers, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

2008
Beneath the Leafy Crown, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand
Rapids, Michigan

2007
Oasis, Temple Beth Am, Coral Gables, Florida

2006
Epiphytes: Absorbing from Nature, Lobby Floor, Crosley Campus Center,
University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida

2005
Protoplants, Ocean County Library, Toms River, New Jersey
Queen Bee, Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong

2004
Life Forms, Genetics and Biomaterials Life Sciences Building, Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey
Dynamo Café, Wolfsonian FIU, Miami, Florida

2003
Wave and Gate, Dan M. Russell Jr. United States Courthouse, Gulfport,
Mississippi
River of Quintessence, United States Courthouse, Laredo, Texas

2001
Poplar and Iris: Garden of Justice, United States Courthouse, Greenville,
Tennessee

1999
Biblical Species, Center For Jewish History, New York, New York
Jazz Club and Crow’s Nest, Eagle I, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Oslo-Miami
Goober, Bazzini Nut Company, New York, New York
Ebb and Flow, Newark Penn Station, Newark, New Jersey

1998
A Dialogue of Rings, Athenaeum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Phase II, Concourse A, Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida

1997
Medallion: Flight, Washington National Airport, Arlington, Virginia

1996
Positron, Arthur Rich Memorial, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1995
A Walk on the Beach, Concourse A, Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida
Monumental Hearth, Hillcrest Community Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Lexicon: Justice, Criminal Justice Center, Main Lobby Floor, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
Geologic Time, Dane County Expo Center, Madison, Wisconsin

1994
City of Trees, Evanston Public Library, Main Lobby Floor, Evanston, Illinois
Fallen Leaves, Feldpausch, Zurich, Switzerland

1992
Two Obelisks, Accreted Coral and Steel, City of Santa Monica, California
Winged Figure, Distance Markers for Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Florida

1991
Codex Sacramento, Sacramento Central Library Galleria, Sacramento, California

1990
Radiant Site, Herald Square Subway Complex, New York, New York
Science Benches, Ingalls Mall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1989
Radiant Sidewalk, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York, New York
Venice Accretion Project, Venice, Italy (completion 1991)

1988
Bronze Memorial, Woodstock Artist’s Cemetery, Woodstock, New York

1987
Celestial Plaza, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

1986
Two Garden Seats, Bouverie Audubon Preserve, Glen Ellen, California

1980
Fallen Leaf, Franklin Historic Cemetery, Franklin, Michigan

COLLEZIONI SELEZIONATE \ SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Becton-Dickinson, Paramus, New Jersey
Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan
K-Mart Corporation, Troy, Michigan
Altria, New York, New York
The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Miami, Florida
Steelcase Collection of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan

PREMI E RICONOSCIMENTI \ AWARDS AND GRANTS

2007
Stars of Design Award, New York

2006
Legends Award, Pratt Institute, New York

2003
Award of Excellence, for 2004, United Nations Society of Writers & Artists
“Zeitgeist Award,” Design Triennial, Cooper-Hewitt National Design
Museum/New York Times.

1996
Honor Award, National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association for Miami International Airport,
Concourse A, Miami, Florida

1994
Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
Michigan

1991
The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation Grant, “Celestial Plaza,” New York, New York

1990
Alumna-In-Residence, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1989
The L.J. Skaggs and Mary Skaggs Foundation Grant, Venice Accretion Project
Kress Foundation Grant, Venice Accretion Project
Certificate of Excellence, AIA “Art in Architecture” National Convention, New York
for Celestial Plaza, New York, New York
Concrete Industry Board Award for Celestial Plaza, New York, New York

1987
New York State Council for the Arts, Mid-Career Grant, for Celestial Plaza, New York,
New York
Visiting Artist, American Academy, Rome, Italy
Helena Rubenstein Foundation, Grant, Celestial Plaza, New York, New York
The Reed Foundation, Grant, Celestial Plaza, New York, New York

1985
The Samuel Rubin Foundation, Grant for Research, Celestial Plaza, Hayden
Planetarium, New York, New York

1969
Michigan Potter’s Association Prize, 21st Exhibition for Michigan Artists, Detroit
Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

1968
Standard Ceramic Company Award, Invitational Exhibition, Eastern Michigan
University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1967
The Malbin Prize, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Second Biennial Michigan Craftsmen Council Award, Bloomfield Art Association,
Michigan

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