Andreana Donahue is a multimedia installation artist and writer from Chicago currently based in the Southwest. She has organized and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Alaska, Chicago, Iceland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Nevada. Her project-based practice spans various media and concepts, yet reflects an ongoing relationship with the transformation of found materials through labor-intensive, manual processes. Realized as site-attentive installations, the objects highlight connections between outwardly unrelated narratives, while transmitting a sense of loss, longing, and superstition. Donahue's most recent work reflects a deep engagement with abstraction, the history of quilting, and a re-imagining of its utilitarian traditions. Artist residencies include Textilsetur Islands (The Icelandic Textile Center) in Blonduos, SIM in Reykjavik, The Weaving Mill in Chicago, Wagon Station Encampment at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, 100 West Corsicana in Texas, and the Vermont Studio Center.
In addition to her studio practice, Donahue is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary endeavor Disparate Minds with collaborator Tim Ortiz; their ongoing advocacy efforts include curatorial projects, exhibition reviews, essays, interviews, artist facilitation, and lectures dedicated to discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists with disabilities in the context of contemporary art. Disparate Minds is the recipient of an Arts Writers Grant (2018) from The Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital, Puffin Foundation Grant (2015), and AWB Harnisch Foundation Grant (2015).