Lecture: Michele Oka Doner
The WPA, the NEA, and the Cave
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose career spans five decades. Whether in large scale architectural projects or intimately scaled objects, her work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world. Her numerous public art installations include Radiant Site at New York’s Herald Square subway, Flight at Reagan International Airport and A Walk on the Beach at The Miami International Airport. They can also be found in federal courthouses, public libraries, hospitals, universities, and public parks throughout the U.S. Represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, Oka Doner's work is in the collections of The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Yale Art Gallery, and Princeton University Art Museum and among others. Publications about her work include Natural Seduction (Hudson Hills Press, 2003), Workbook (Oka Press, 2004), and HumanNature (Edizioni Charta, 2008). Oka Doner's numerous honors include the Pratt Legends Award, The United Nations Society of Writers and Artist's Award of Excellence. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, she received her B.S.D. in 1965 and her M.A. in 1966. She was an Alumna-in-Residence in 1990, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994, and was a Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker in 2008.