DONNA DENNIS: 2012 Recipient of Artist Award
Donna Dennis, Moccasin Creek Cabins (detail), 1983, mixed media installation at Moccasin Creek, Aberdeen, South Dakota, each cabin 78 x 54 ½ x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
A practicing artist for the past four decades, Donna Dennis is a Guggenheim fellow, multiple NEA grantee and Whitney Biennial alumnus. She first achieved notoriety in the mid 1970s with her large architecturally-inspired sculptural installations. Generously deconstructing her architectural prototypes with a language that is both evocatively detailed and highly formal, her work is steeped in a deep well of personal emotion.