Donia is a creativity maven with a strong interest & growing experience in fine arts, creative marketing, hospitality & event planning, geek culture, & art in the post-Facebook age. She is also an active member of the new contemporary art scene & surrealist communities, an independent curator, creative influencer, & practicing artist.
She has spent the past eight years working in the contemporary art world in positions ranging from art journalism & visual-media correspondence to consulting artists on business marketing to facilitating fine art sales. The fourteen years prior, she worked in the hospitality industry in team lead positions with both corporate companies & small business owners.
I believe that the art world should be about community & collaboration. I also believe that it shouldn't be an exclusive club. Creativity is a natural human need & skill so we are all artists in our own right. I always want to bring others in on the conversation, whether they be visual art fanatics like myself or those claiming to know nothing about fine art & "can barely draw a stick figure". I try & achieve this by sharing the creativity of others through different media & social outlets, by supporting projects that do good, & attempting to make sure art education stays relevant in our society.
Portraits courtesy of JJ Darling
Curator | Gristle Gallery Brooklyn | 2020 - Current
Assistant Director | Last Rites & Paul Booth Galleries NYC | 2016 - 2020
Online Curator & Correspondent | ArtAttacks! Online | 2012 - 2017
Ultraviolet | Last Rites Gallery NYC | 2018 | Guest Curation
Forbidden Thinking | Last Rites Gallery NYC | 2017 | Guest Curation
Snap Attacks! | Snap! Orlando | 2014 | Co-curation in association w/ ArtAttacks!
Among Us | F8 San Francisco | 2013 | Pop-Up Exhibition
MEDIA & PUBLICATION
Painter Max Kauffman Goes With The Flow | Beautiful Bizarre | 2016 | Article
Border Creatures: The Paintings of Adrian Cox | Beautiful Bizarre | 2016 | Artist Spotlight
Pop Dreams: The Art of Johannah O'Donnell | Beautiful Bizarre | 2016 | Artist Spotlight
Through the Carbon Clouds of Zofia Bogusz | Beautiful Bizarre | 2015 | Artist Spotlight
Derek Gores at Aqua Miami | ArtAttacks! Online | 2015 | Gallerist Spotlight
Zofia Bogusz: Studio Visit | ArtAttacks! Online | 2014 | Video Interview
Collection & Ritual: Lucien Shapiro | ArtAttacks! Online | 2014 | Interview
service & hospitality
Server/Team Lead | BRGuest Hospitality | 2013 - 2017
FOH Supervisor | The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen | 2012 - 2013
Regional Trainer | BJ's Restaurants & Brewhouse | 2006 - 2012
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator; learning InDesign, Premiere.
Google Drive, Docs, Sheets. Microsoft Word, Excel.
B2C Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Mailchimp, Foursquare.
GalleryManager art sales & inventory software. Artsy CMS.
Point of Sales: Square, Shopify, Venmo, Storenvy, MICROS, POSI, Aloha.
Languages: English, Conversational Spanish, Basic HTML; learning Japanese, Arabic.