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Violet: The Sinister of Blue

  Donna M. Milbauer..... 

Artist Statement

I was born under the sign of Libra in the year 1937. My younger sister and I were raised
Gothic Catholic in Chicago during the years of World War II. We belonged to Queen of
Angels' parish and attended grade school there, listening to Pascalian sermons on our
wretched and hateful nature.

Our family history bore the silent stigmas of alcoholism, mental instability, verbal,
physical and sexual abuse. My parents lived their lives together as unstable
protagonists. My mother retreated into a dreamworld filled with vague "fears,"
punctuated with sessions of hysterical tears and denunciations. I remember her
fragility, remember her speaking of growing up in foster homes, of her deprivations and
loneliness, and of the dreams for a future happier life that sustained her. In the
background I sense again my father's terrible dark, brooding, alcoholic silence.

What nourished me during those years was gazing into the colour of the night:
the swiftly moving clouds . . .  the swirling stars . . . the moon.

I was comforted by darkness.

Curriculum Vitae

1990                 B.F.A. (magna cum laude) Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI;
                          Outstanding Student in Art 1989-1990

1989-Present   Siena Heights University
                           Division Secretary, Visual & Performing Arts & Education Division
                           Visual Resources Librarian, Adjunct Faculty in Art

Other experience
2006         152.99 Miles From Here!! Siena Heights University Faculty Exhibition,
                   Krasl's Gallery at the Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, MI
2006          Faculty Exhibition, Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University,
                  Adrian, MI
2002         Faculty Exhibition, Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University,
                  Adrian, MI
2000         Artists' Books: Visual Literary Expressions,
                  An Invitational International Exhibit,
                  Northcutt Steele Gallery, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT
1997         Hunger, ArtSpace/Lima, Lima, OH
1996         Against Family Values: Exposing the Pathology of the Nuclear Family

                  Structure, Ann Arbor Art Association, Ann Arbor, MI
1995         In/Justice, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
1994         Wise Women: A Group Exhibition Celebrating the Art of Women
                  Fifty Years of Age and Older, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994         Visual Voices: The Female, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
1991         12th MI Biennial Exhibition: Beyond Boundaries,
                  Kresge Art Museum, MI State University, East Lansing, MI
1991         Under Cover: Artists' Books, Target Gallery,
                  Torpedo Factory Artists' Association, Alexandria, VA
1990         Third National Juried Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
1988         7th Annual Southwestern MI Regional Art Competition,
                  Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI

Sally Vallongo, Probing Hunger Through Art, The Blade, 11-5-97

Thom Jurek, Dismembering Family Values: Three Women Seize Patriarchal Fiction and Expose Its Dark Underbelly of Pathological Lies, Metro Times, 1-31/2-6, 1996

John Carlos Cantu, Exploding the Nuclear Family, The Ann Arbor News, 1-20-96

Marsha Miro, Political Outrage Colors Artists' Exhibit, The Detroit Free Press, 4-9-95

Donna Freckmann, From the Heart of Woman, Pensacola News Journal, February 1994

Richard Hayes, Breaking Barriers at Kresge, Capitol Times, February 1994

Montana State University Billings Library Special Collections, Billings MT
Siena Heights University, Adrian MI
Private Collections