• Group Exhibit at the Awbury Arboretum

    Group Exhibit at the Awbury Arboretum

    Up Against A Wall
    36 Artists at Awbury Arboretum

    Awbury Arboretum is hosting its first curated art exhibit, including thirty-six artists from Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Awbury has had an ongoing initiative giving artists the opportunity to hang and facilitate their own shows in the lovely Cope House parlor.

    Curator and artist Susan Breitsch relocated to Philadelphia from New York City four years ago. She had this to say about her first curatorial opportunity: “It was interesting, humbling, and exciting to visit studios and meet new people, and it was especially fun to choose the work for the show. I had no theme in mind, but it seemed that the more work I chose,
    the more it seemed to be leaning heavily towards abstraction, although
    without prior intention. This was particularly surprising, since my own
    work is primarily figurative.”

    The artists are at varying stages of their careers, including self-taught
    artists, MFA students, and artist/educators. The curator contacted artists mainly through the InLiquid and CFEVA websites. One exception was Dawn Merritt, an elementary-school teacher and self-taught artist. Breitsch met her at a local art sale and was attracted to many of her paintings, which she makes in her home in Roxborough.

    Andrea Wohl Keefe is an artist, art teacher, and former gallery
    director. Breitsch remembered seeing her intriguing and sometimes
    whimsical paintings and drawings at POST open studios, and asked
    Keefe to be in the show.

    The exhibit includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, fresco,
    and collage.
    Rebecca Aidlin, Jasmine Alleger, Donna Backues, Philippa Beardsley, Matthew Bender, Sandra Benhaim, Priscilla Bohlen, Matthew Borgen, Susan Breitsch, Sarah Butler, Jorge Caligiuri, Nancy Cohen, Andrew Christman, Andrew Conti, Chris Curchin, Sally K. Eisenberg, Linnie Greenberg, Louis Gribaudo, Alex Griffin, Debra Jenks, Andrea Wohl Keefe, Sam Koren, Penelope Tsaltas Lisk, Stephanie Manzi, Norma Markley, KellianneMcCarthy, Dawn Merritt, John Mitchell, Samantha Mitchell, Heidi Nam, Chau Nguyen, Haigen G. Pearson, Eung Ho Park, John Howell White, Natasha Zeta, Robert Zurer

    Up Against A Wall will be on view from July 6–August 26
    Awbury Arboretum, COPE HOUSE in Germantown, Philadelphia 19138.
    The gallery will be open to the public Monday–Thursday from 10-4.
    A Reception will be held on July 11, from 1-5.
    1 Awbury Road Germantown, Philadelphia 19138

  • Solo Exhibit at Marriot at the Navy Yard

  • Group show at Hot Bed Gallery

    My work, "Volcano by the Sea" was included in the 202 Pafa Fellowship show at Hot Bed Gallery on view till November 28th, 2020 (by appointment only). Check out the video and hear a description of my piece.


  • Group Show at Pafa Alumni Gallery

  • See Donna's work in "Camden: Past, Present, and Future," on view now at the Stedman Gallery

    "Camden: Past, Present, and Future," on view now at the Stedman Gallery, shows the creative process behind a mural that spans nearly 700 feet of construction fencing along the Camden waterfront. See selections from the mural's original artwork, created by Camden schoolchildren, as well as work by the professional teaching artists who mentored them: Donna Backues Artist, Doris Nogueira-Rogers, and Cesar Viveros.

    The mural was created through a partnership with the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts and Liberty Property Trust.

    ➡️ See the exhibition through April 19:go.rutgers.edu/ibwmx1e2

    Special thanks to the participating schools:
    ▪️ Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts HS
    ▪️ Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy
    ▪️ Thomas H. Dudley Family School
    ▪️ Holy Name School, Catholic Partnership Schools

  • Video of Donna at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

  • Donna wrote and illustrated a new book!

    Donna wrote and illustrated a new book!

    Check it out. Click on the link below:



    Donna Backues
    Solo Exhibit – Mix Media
    Jan. 22, 2017 – Mar. 19, 2017

    Opening Reception:
    Sunday, Jan 22, 3-5 pm
    Artist Talk 2-3 pm

    Pennswood Art Gallery
    1382 Newtown Langhorne Rd.
    Newtown, PA 18940
    Open Daily from 9am-7pm

  • Donna's Art Camp in the News!

    Donna's 5-day workshop in a West Java village madrasah (Islamic Religious School) was on national television! Check it out.

  • Listen to Donna's interview on Voice of America (in Indonesian)

  • Donna Backues in National Geographic Indonesia (In Indonesian)

  • Article about Murals in South Philly Review

  • Winner of Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant 2014

  • Mural Show in the News

  • Opening at the Galleries at the Chambers on June 17th! Register for Free. Space is limited!

  • Spotlight Interview by Inliquid

  • Donna Backues wins a national design competition!

    Donna Backues wins a national design competition!