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Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. She earned an MFA in painting from the University of Washington and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. She received an Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship to attend Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art and a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Donnabelle was represented by Howard House Contemporary Art in Seattle until its closure in 2010. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Platform Gallery, Boeckercontemporary, Andrew Edlin Gallery, ReadyWipe, Historic Northampton Museum, Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), among others. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, a New Works Laboratory residency from 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, and grants from the Northampton Arts Council. She was also a finalist for the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work is included in several public and private collections.

Donnabelle is a member of the Curatorial Committee of The ArtSalon. She is also a Board Member of LiveArt Magazine.

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“I have always been fascinated by visual perception and how meaning is derived from what we see. I look for hidden geometries which may connect disparate and discrete perspectives to form a greater whole…My current work explores identity and its relationship to markers and patterns. I draw from various sources such as ancient Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, trajes de luces (suits of light) or bullfighting costumes, and facial recognition software. I’m also fascinated by the literal use of patterns in design and in the form of ritual, in order to seek when patterns change.”

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