Statement, CV, Press

The ability to create and destroy, rescue and abandon, or wound and heal are the defining moments of life.  My research investigates deafening pain caused by these events, and the roles played by cultural differences.  In an attempt to communicate the rupture and repair of relationships, I show the collision of humanity through processes of tearing, breaking, and mending. I sew, weave, and re-construct, textured surfaces in painting and collage, with subtle shifts in color, shape, and line to develop a layered atmosphere.  Each artwork asserts itself, as much as it is guided by my hand, as it mimics the pulse of a society in constant flux.  Making choices within an indefinite state of progress, forces intuition and surface to dictate the next move. With concerns about conflict between religious traditions and the resulting gender and cultural inequalities, I am pushed into a variety of materials and scale.  However, always with the goal of creating a cathartic and welcoming space. 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
Downtown Tampa Showcase, Bank of America, September-October 2016
Beautifully Broken, Parks Lincoln, Tampa, FL, August 2016-ongoing installation images
Beautifully Broken, Red Door No. 5 Gallery, Tampa, FL, August 2016 

http://www.artstampabay.com/event/red-door-no-5-presents-rhonda-massel-donovan/
Fabric, Lost Galleries entry space, New Port Richey, FL, March-April 2016

GROUP & JURIED EXHIBITIONS 
Art Walk juried, Centre Gallery USF, Tampa, FL, March 2018
Tropical Dreams juried, QUAID 3 Resurrection, Tampa, FL, March 2018
Small Works juried, Lemonade Stand Gallery, Letty Nowak Galleries, Key West, FL, November 2017
Last Call, Carolyn Wilson Gallery, Tampa, FL, April 2017
41st Annual Juried Exhibition, Carolyn Wilson Gallery, Tampa, FL, March 2017 - http://art.usf.edu/content/templates/?a=1309&z=12
Juried Showcase, Fusion Art Online, November 2016 https://manager.submittable.com/user/submissions/6611935 http://fusionartps.com/2nd-annual-artists-choice-nov-2016-exhibition/
Grand Opening Exhibition, Fire Station No.5, Tampa, FL, July 2016 https://www.instagram.com/p/BHkzLWvBkCc/?taken-at=1028365370&hl=en
Theatrum Mundi: The Big and Crazy Show, Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL, April 2016
As They Come, Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL, exhibited and co-curated, January 2016
Annual Juried Show, Fabric, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL, November 2015
Future of Tampa, Tree of Life, Downtown Partnership, Tampa, FL, November 2014
Tree of Life, The American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL, October 2014
Backbone juried, Painting the Light, Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL, September 2014


PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Hearts on Fire song image, These Winter Nights, band, 2017

Art Talk, Parks Lincoln, Tampa, FL, February 2017 Art Talk with Rhonda Massel Donovan event Art Talk Facebook post
Focus Academy Art Show, Juror and Guest Speaker, January 2017

Thread magazine, Volume 11, 2017, print version 

Featured in August 2016 issue of Campus Toast http://mycampustoast.com/conversation/

Focus Academy Art Show, Juror and Guest Speaker, January 2016

CURATION
Fillerup by Thomas Kong, Coco Hunday, Tampa, FL, organizers Dan Miller and Jason Lazarus, Co-curated by Dawn Grayford, Nadia Ivanova, Rhonda Massel Donovan, Libbi Ponce, Jessi Ramirez, and Emiliano Settecasi, March-May 2016 Full documentation here: http://cocohunday.com/thomas-kong/   http://temporaryartreview.com/thomas-kong-at-coco-hunday/

National Safety Conference Booth Design and Installation, Full Safety, Safety Equipment Company, Orlando, FL, May 1994


GALLERY/STUDIO WORK 
Studio Assistant to Kate Kinder, February-April 2017
The Music Box Tampa Bay, Studio and location assistant, New Orleans Airlift, Community Stepping Stones, Live Work Studios, and Tory Tepp, March-May 2016

Museum At Work, Internship, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, May-August 2015 ​