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Donna Payton

Millstone Township, NJ 08535, U.S.A.
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In my appropriation and transformation of repurposed objects, I disguise the items’ original identities to enhance their aesthetic potentials. The joy of building and joining diverse, unrelated materials and objects in a directly unencumbered way gives the viewer an insightful look at the primal sense of wonder that lays beneath man's comforting sense of order.

In my installations and sculptures, an incongruous juxtaposition of commonplace objects allows us to make connections and alters the way we originally see and understand the objects.

I choose my materials because they have a certain degree of reality, a hardness that has nothing to do with realism, but a lot to do with attitude, with form, with feeling. I select these materials according to the temperature they have for me, according to the moods they radiate.

Everything I do as an artist has to do with experience: reality is the undercurrent of every work of art in that it re-emerges transformed, as a kind of fictionalization of what is real.  

As I build the sculptures and installations, I experience the excitement and wonder of connecting materials and objects. Their new reality resonates a transformed energy. It allows the viewer to experience the known world anew and respond to the energy, excitement and surprise of the discovery. The pieces that I make are the conduit for this experiential journey.



MFA, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

BFA, Maryville College, St. Louis, MO



2012 Discover Jersey Arts, Online Gallery

         Featured Artist, ABstract EXpressions Comtemporary Art Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

2007 Sculptures, Design Within Reach, Princeton, NJ

2004 Liaisons, Treasure Room Gallery, The Interchurch Center, New York, NY

2003 Trans Figured, Vartali, New York, NY

1999 Selections, Soho Kitchen, Long Branch, NJ

1990 Déjà vu, Interchurch Center Gallery, New York, NY

Two Person Shows

1998 Monoprints, Soho Kitchen, Long Branch, NJ

1983 Zinkow/Payton, Pepperdine University Art Gallery, Malibu, CA

Group Shows

2014 MASS assembly: MASS production to MASS appeal, Arts Council of Princeton, NJ

Primary Colors - Black and White, New Century Artists, New York, NY

35th Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2013 PHOTOcentric, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

        Noise@Noyes, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

2012 In the Studio, West Windsor Art Center, Princeton Junction, NJ

        Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 116th Juried Exhibition, New York, NY

        Post Show, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, NJ

Faculty Spot Light Gallery, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

Trenton Makes, The Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

Invitational, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

National Collage Society Exhibit, Berman Museum, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

First Annual Juried Art Show, AOY Art Center, Yardley, PA

Open Call, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Fiber: Connecting Threads, Artworks Gallery,Trenton, NJ

Humble Beginnings, Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ

        Director’s Choice, Windsor Gallery, Colts Neck, NJ  

2010 Art from Found Objects, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2009 Artist’s Group, Windsor Gallery, Colts Neck, NJ

2005 A Reflection on Women, Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

2004 Sculpture-All Ways, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

         Artists Five, Uma Gallery, New York, NY

         New Jersey Artists, Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ

         Diversity in Three Dimensions, Stockton Art Gallery, Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ

2003 Object and Effigy, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ

         RCIPP Fellowship Show, Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries, Rutgers University,  New Brunswick, NJ

         100 Make Prints, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

         100 Make Prints, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ

2002 100 Make Prints, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

         4th Annual All Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C.

         Small Works 2002, Nexus Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Bakers Dozen, Subtaranian Gallery, Okato, New Zealand

2000 Collaborative Mail Art, Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

1999 Collaborative Mail Art Plus, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Gallery, Piscataway, NJ

1993 The New Jersey Project Invitational: A Celebration of Women Artists at New Jersey Colleges,

         Traveling show 1992 – 1993

         College of St. Elizabeth Gallery, Morristown, NJ

         Raritan Valley Community College Gallery, Summerville, NJ

         Burlington County College Gallery, Pemberton, NJ     

         Sussex County Community College Gallery, Newtown, NJ

         Gloucester County College Gallery, Sewell, NJ

         Seton Hall Gallery, S. Orange, NJ

1992 Glassboro State College Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

         Ramapo College Gallery, Gloucester, NJ

         Caldwell College Gallery, Caldwell, NJ

         Stockton State College Gallery, Pomona, NJ

         Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

1991 Juried Show 91, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

         Brookdale Community College Faculty Show, Lincroft, NJ

1990 Collector’s Choice Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL

1989 Collage and Montage, The Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ

         National Drawing Exhibition 89, Trenton State College, Trenton,

1988 Focus on Sculpture, Art Forms, Red Bank, NJ

         Ninth Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ

         Insights on Issues, Renee Foosaner Art Gallery, Millburn, NJ

         Juried Show 88, NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit NJ

         Scherer Gallery, Marlboro, NJ

1987 Metro Show 87, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark. NJ

1986 Premier Group Exhibition, Greene Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

         Faculty Exhibit, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

         Progressions, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

         Transforming Landscape, Henry Street Settlement Gallery, New York, NY

1985 Objects of Comfort, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

         Smallworks Show, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY

         Urban Spirit, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NY

1984 Florida Art: The Eighties, Greene Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

         Works on Paper, Greene Gallery, Coral Gables, FL


The International Museum of Collage, Mexico

Southeastern Banks of Florida

Citibank of Florida

Cleveland Clinic, Florida

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ

Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

AtlantiCare, New Jersey,NJ

Novo Nordisk, Princeton, NJ

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ

Arts Council of Princeton, NJ


eXel Photography, Winter, 2014

Millstone Times, Showcase on the Arts:Through an Artist’s Eyes, Millstone Township, NJ September 2012

Town Topics, Princeton, NJ July 2012

Messenger Press, Timeoff, August 2003

Home News Tribune, March 2003

New Jersey Monthly Magazine, March 2000

Asbury Park Press, Alive section, January 2000

Ocean County Observer, February 1990

News Transcript, July 1988

Skyviews Magazine, Winter 1987

Appearances Magazine, Fall/Winter 86/87


Princeton TV30, Studio Interview, Vox Artis, November 2002

Cable Channel 34, Studio Interview, March 1990


“Arts in Action”, Ocean County College, Spring Term 1990


2013 Second Place, Black and White 2013, New York Center for Photographic Art

         Honorable Mention, Black and White 2013, New York Center for Photographic Art

2012 Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal in Sculpture, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY

         Art News Award, National Collage Society

2002 New Jersey Print and Paper Grant at the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Brunswick, NJ