“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.
Exhibitions: Solo / Two Person
Midnight Mythology, Garcia | Wilburn Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo show) https://events.accessatlanta.com/event/midnight-mythology--cve7d6baif
Habitat, M2 Gallery, Atlanta, GA, show to benefit AWARE Wildlife Foundation at Arabia Mountain (collaboration with Virginia Jackson Carr).
Who Are You?, Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), Denver, CO. International Juried Group Show by Roula Seikaly. Swarm.
2019 RAA&M National Awards and Exhibition, Hibbard Gallery at the Rockport Museum, Rockport, MA. National Juried Group Show. Metamorphosis.
Changes, D’Art Gallery, Denver, CO. International Juried Group Show by Michael McClung. Ghost Dancer.
After Dark, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. International Juried Group Show by Layne Kennedy. Metamorphosis.
Redemption, Skye Gallery, Providence, RI. Juried and Curated Group Show by Jonny Skye. Entwined and Float.
Annual Black and White Juried Show, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC. Juried Group Show by Jim Hallenbeck, David Spector, and Lori White. Metamorphosis and Ghost Dancer.
2019 International Juried Exhibition , Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA. Juried Group Show by Paula Tognarelli. Chemistry.
Monochrome, SITE: BROOKLYN Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated Group Show, by Donna Harkavy. Fire Eye.
Dusk To Dawn, Jadite Gallery, Manhattan, NY. Juried Group Show by Laura Ann Noble (LANG Gallery, London). Night Owl.
Mood, Woman’s Caucus of Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Juried Group Show by V. Elizabeth Turk. Swarm (Show Marquee) and Chemistry.
Animal Farm, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA. Curated Group Show. Night Owl and White Horse.
Choice, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show, by Judith Pishnery. Metamorphosis.
All of Your Memories are Lost, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA. Judged and Curated Group Show by Chelsea Voss. Swarm.
Extinction, In The In Between, Online Exhibition. Juried Group Show by Stephanie Amon. Star Gazer.
Seven Deadly Sins, Cotuit Arts Center, Cotuit, MA. Juried Group Show by Amy Arbus. Honorable Mention Awarded. Restaurant 69.
Photo Buckhead, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA. Juried Group Show by Michael James O’Brien. Ghost Dancer.
Fauna, Cape Cod Cultural Center, S.Yarmouth, MA. Juried Online Show. http://www.cultural-center.org/fauna/. Night Owl.
Figure Ground, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA. Curated Group Show. Ghost Dancer and The Watcher.
Living The Legacy, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show by David Hopping. Muscogee and Spirit. (Marquee).
Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show. Selections from Whistling Echoes: Ama, Women of the Sea.
International Photography Awards, Online Format / Exhibition, International Juried Show. Fine Art Abstract Honorable Mention Award, Journeyman’s Soul.
This Land is Your Land, Trois Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show by Alex Saches. Restaurant 69, The Watcher, Blue, and Before Harvest.
Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Curated Group Show. Selections from Journeyman’s Soul.
September 2019 Lopez, Dianne. Meet Fine Art Photographer Donna Garcia. VoyageATL Magazine, Hidden Gems Series. September 5, 2019, Atlanta, GA.
Mar 2019 PDN.EDU. Indian Land For Sale. Annual Student Awards, Fine Art Honorable Mention Winner.
Dec 2018 LensCulture, Visual Storytelling Awards 2018, Editors Pick, Feature Online Gallery.
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.
May 2018 Socialdocumentary.net, Indian Land For Sale. Online Feature, May 2018.
July 2017 Ayşegül Bakış. Whistling Echoes: Story of the Ama. Naviga Magazine, http://www.navigamagazin.com. July 2017, Istanbul.
July 2017 LensCulture, Emerging Talent Awards 2017, Editors Pick, Feature Online Gallery.
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 Scholarships
2017 Focus on Excellence Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA.
2016 Academic Scholar, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA.
Awards / Nominations
Dusk To Dawn, Grand Prize, New York, NY.
PDN.EDU: Student Awards 2019, Honorable Mention Winner, Fine Art Category.
reGENERATION 4: The Challenges of Photography and the Museum of Tomorrow. Musee de l’ Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland. Emerging Artists to Watch, Fine Art Photography, Nomination (only 250 lens-based emerging artists nominated worldwide), 2019.
Seven Deadly Sins, Honorable Mention Winner, Cotuit, MA.
Student Prize Nomination, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA.
International Photography Awards (IPA) 2017, Honorable Mention Winner, Fine Art Abstract Series IPA’s (International Photography Award) 2017 Honorable Mention award for Fine Art Abstract Series, Journeyman’s Soul.
What About Us? Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
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
New Orleans Photography Alliance, New Orleans, LA - General Member