Andreana Donahue is a visual artist, independent curator, and art handler from Chicago who is currently based in the Southwest. She has organized and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Alaska, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, South Carolina, New York, and Nevada. Donahue’s project-based practice engages a wide range of methods and concepts, but always reflects a rigorous investigation of simulacra and transforming everyday materials through labor-intensive processes. Her site-attentive installations highlight connections between outwardly unrelated narratives and disciplines, while transmitting a sense of loss, longing, and superstition. Heavily informed by locality, her objects often reference vanishing regional traditions and the history of the space they inhabit. Artist residencies include the Wagon Station Encampment at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, 100 West Corsicana in Texas, the Vermont Studio Center, and Fall 2017 residencies at Textilsetur Islands (The Icelandic Textile Center) in Blonduos and SIM in Reykjavik.
In addition to her studio practice, Donahue has maintained the ongoing interdisciplinary project Disparate Minds with collaborator Tim Ortiz since 2014, the scope of which includes curatorial projects, exhibition reviews, essays, and research dedicated to discussing the work of marginalized self-taught artists in the context of contemporary art. Disparate Minds is the recipient of a 2015 Puffin Foundation Grant and 2015 Harnisch Foundation Grant.