“I subjugate my personal bias of what's real and allow myself to be absorbed into the formal structure of an image.”
Donna Garcia is a fine art photographer whose work elaborates on the idea of pulling away from a cultural grand narrative and towards a state of becoming and potential. Her work modulates against a fixed self and reflects a grounding in being. She creates images that аre indexical in nature not iconic - they are uncertain and indeterminate. The idea of time oscillation is throughout her work, and reads neither in one place nor another - destabilizing our perspective.
Her use of abstraction pulls the viewer forward into a new sovereignty, expanded possibility and towards the authenticity of an unbounded self.
Self-portraiture with motion and the idea of animism provide an indication of the other, a threat to the fixed position. It is a surplus threat to the perpetuity of the modern day super structure in defining elements like gender equality. Otherness is much more because it is grounded in being and is non-binary in nature. Her work is evocative and represents the trace of what is coming.
She has exhibited at The Center for Civil and Human Rights: Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta, Gutstein Gallery, Atlanta Photography Group (APG), Cotuit Arts Center, Garcia Wilburn Gallery (Thesis Show), Jadite Gallery (NYC), Trois Gallery and SCAD/Atlanta Open Studio. Her work has been featured in PDN Magazine, The Cape Cod Times, SocialDocumentary.net, Grryo.com, LensCulture.com Emerging Artist Feature Gallery, Editor’s Pick 2017, LensCulture.com Visual Storytelling Feature Gallery, Editor’s Pick 2018 and In-the-In- Between.com. Her series Journeyman’s Soul was the recipient of IPA’s (International Photography Award) 2017 Honorable Mention award for Fine Art Abstract Series.
Donna Garcia has a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, a Master of Science in Communications from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stonehill College.
She is a native Bostonian currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta, GA. / Master of Fine Art in Photography, GPA 4.0.
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA. / Master of Science in Communications, Summa Cum Laude.
Stonehill College, North Easton, MA. / Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude.
2018-2019 Co-Owner / Director / Curator of Garcia | Wilburn Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
As owner/ director/ curator, I showcased my wide-ranging knowledge of art by making decisions about the type of work the gallery exhibited. I built relationships with artists, the art community and art critics to keep up-to-date with trends and identified work that would attract visitors and buyers. I planned programs around exhibitions and collaborated with designers to develop layouts that showcased work. I negotiated terms with artists and their agents, or owners of important works, and arranged for the collection (s), installation and insurance of the work. I developed partnerships (sponsors) to defer costs.
2012-2016 Southeast Regional Marketing Director / Creative Director Ogilvy–Regional Marketing for Heineken USA, NYC, NY.
Lead strategic and creative development of programs from planning to execution, while working across multiple internal and external departments, as well as, a national and regional network of retailers, distributors and vendors.
Dusk To Dawn, Jadite Gallery, West 50th Street, NYC, NY. Juried Show by Laura Ann Noble (LANG Gallery, London). Night Owl, Grand Prize.
Mood, Woman’s Caucus of Georgia, Juried Group Show by V. Elizabeth Turk. Swarm (Show Marquee).
What About Us? Atlanta Photography Group, 75 Bennett St, Atlanta, GA. Curator / Judge of Group Show highlighting female artists.
Animal Farm, Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St, Savannah, GA. Curated Group Show. Night Owl and White Horse.
Choice, Atlanta Photography Group, 75 Bennett Street, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show, by Judith Pishnery. Metamorphosis.
All of Your Memories are Lost, Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Judged / Curated Group Show by Chelsea Voss. Swarm.
Extinction, In The In Between, Online Exhibition. Juried Group Show by Stephanie Amon. Star Gazer.
Midnight Mythology, Garcia Wilburn Gallery, 75 Bennett St, Atlanta, GA. Solo Thesis Show. https://events.accessatlanta.com/event/midnight-mythology--cve7d6baif
7 Deadly Sins, Cotuit Arts Center, 4404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA. Juried Group Show by Amy Arbus. Honorable Mention Awarded. Restaurant 69.
Habitat, Garcia Wilburn Gallery, 75 Bennett St, Atlanta, GA. Partner Collaboration to benefit AWARE Wildlife Foundation at Arabia Mountain.
Photo Buckhead, Atlanta Photography Group, 296 Buckhead Avenue, Atlanta, GA. Juried Group Show judged and curated by Michael James O’Brien. Ghost Dancer.
Fauna, Cape Cod Cultural Center, 307 Old South Main St, S.Yarmouth, MA. Juried Online Show. http://www.cultural-center.org/fauna/. Night Owl.
Figure Ground, Gutstein Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St, Savannah, GA. Curated Group Show. Ghost Dancer and The Watcher.
Living The Legacy, Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show. Muscogee and Spirit. (Marquee)
Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show.
International Photography Awards, Online Format / Exhibition, International Juried Show. Fine Art Abstract Honorable Mention Award, Journeyman’s Soul. http://www.photoawards.com/winner/hmention.php?compName=IPA%202017&level=student.
This Land is Your Land, Trois Gallery, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show.
Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show.
Mar 2019 PDN.EDU. Indian Land For Sale. Annual Student Awards, Fine Art Honorable Mention Winner.
Oct 2018 Staff Writer. Restaurant 69, Cape Cod Times, Entertainment & Life (Front Page Feature), https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20181011/arbus-part-of-deadly-sins-exhibit. October 11, 2018
July 2017 Ayşegül Bakış. Whistling Echoes: Story of the Ama. Naviga Magazine, http://www.navigamagazin.com. July 2017, Istanbul.
April 2017 Garcia, Donna. Whistling Echoes: Ama, Women of the Sea. GRRYO. http://grryo.com/2017/04/whistling-echoes-women-of-the-sea-by-donna-garcia. April 14, 2017.
Mar 2019 Habitat. Photographic Collaboration to benefit AWARE Wildlife Foundation at Arabia Mountain. Light Years Press, Boston, 2018.
Grants and Awards
Recipient of the prestigious Novak Award for excellence in International Studies.
Member of Phi Lota Rho, National Honor Society for International Relations.
Savannah College of Art and Design Academic Scholarship.
Focus on Excellence Scholarship.
IPA’s (International Photography Award) 2017 Honorable Mention award for Fine Art Abstract Series, Journeyman’s Soul.
7 Deadly Sins, Judge Amy Arbus, Honorable Mention, Restaurant 69.
Dusk to Dawn, Judge Laura Ann Noble (LANG Gallery, London), Grand Prize, Night Owl.
PDN.edu, Student Awards 2019, Indian Land For Sale. Judges ALICIA HANSEN (Founder and CEO, NYC Salt), ELINOR CARUCCI (Photographer), ELIOT DUDIK (Lecturer in Photography, William & Mary College), KATRIN EISMANN (Chair, MPS Digital Photography School of Visual Arts), MARIA DUBON (Special Programs and Projects, Department School of Visual Arts), MATT SCHOEN (Executive Design Director, VICE), SCOTT NIDERMAIER (Manager of Education, Product Specialist, Capture One). Fine Art, Honorable Mention.
2017 Workshop, Penumbra Foundation, Introduction to wet plate tintypes and ambrotypes, Sam Doyle.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA - General Member
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA – General Member
Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA – General Member
Society for Photographic Education – General Member