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Tintillation - An Exploration of Color
September 12, 2022 - January 6, 2023

Tintillation - An Exploration of Color

DONNABELLE CASIS | OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th 6-8pm Live jazz piano by Rob Fontana *Masks are recommended. Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American woman artist working in Western Massachusetts. She is fascinated by visual perception and how meaning is derived from what we see. Casis looks for hidden geometries which may connect discrete perspectives to form a greater whole. Her current works explore the relationship of personal identity to visual systems of signification in both ancient and modern cultures. Donnabelle draws from various sources such as Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, facial recognition software, cosmology and the philosophy of metaphysics, among others. Filipino tribal imagery is tied to storytelling, marks of accomplishment, and societal roles. Facial recognition software maps physical characteristics which determine one’s visual identity. Her interest in the tangible universe and what transcends experience helps her understand her place in the world and beyond. Donnabelle earned an MFA in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle. She primarily works as a painter, but she has recently explored creating interactive, kinetic sculpture installations. She will install a version of "Kinetic Peripatetic" at Click Workspace to be experienced for one night only during the opening reception on October, 14th. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US and abroad at venues including Platform Gallery, PULP, Albany Center Gallery, Tacoma Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, among others. Donnabelle has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation, and grants from the Northampton Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work is included in several public and private collections. Additionally, she hosts a weekly radio segment called ArtBeat Report which highlights local artists and arts organizations on Fridays on the Bill NewmanShow/WHMP. Donnabelle is also co-curator at the ArtSalon and is a Board member of Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity. She also founded and continues to produce an annual community arts street festival called Florence Night Out. Here is a video of her recent kinetic art installation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBRiZy_zwTs&t=352s A profile on NEPM's Connecting Point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1aApLiDTcI A recent conversation at STCC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr5kdSQ0VCc See the installation in motion here:


Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational - Albany Center Gallery
May 6, 2022 - June 4, 2022
Albany Center Gallery
Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational - Albany Center Gallery

Annually, The Albany Center Gallery selects artists from the previous year’s Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibit, a rotating, juried exhibition. The Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region show highlights the work of some of the best visual artists in the region and is always one of the area’s most prestigious and popular shows. For the first time in the exhibition’s history, the 2021 Mohawk-Hudson Regional was hosted at three separate locations, each of which had a different juror selecting work. 97 artists were selected to have their work on display this past fall at Albany Center Gallery, Opalka Gallery, and/or the Albany International Airport Gallery from a submission pool of over 500 regional artists. The gallery is honored to provide these seven accomplished and distinguished artists with an opportunity to showcase their work in greater depth. The 2022 Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational is curated by ACG Curatorial Associate Jennie Tang. The exhibition is made possible by ACG Premier Sponsors Howard Hanna & David Phaff; and Kevin Dubner, Partner & Wealth Manager at Steward Partners Global Advisory, LLC. Additional support is provided by Rita & Daniel Papandrea and the New York Council on the Arts with the Support of the Office of the Governor and New York State Legislature.


Kinetic Peripatetic: A Mobile Art Installation
April 30, 2022 - May 6, 2022
Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery
Kinetic Peripatetic: A Mobile Art Installation

The Amy H Carberry Fine Arts Gallery will open on Saturday, April 30 for an opening reception from 12noon to 4pm. This event is free and open to the public. The first week in May the gallery will be open to visitors interested in seeing the new work created by Donnabelle Casis. Gallery hours: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3, 10am to 1pm Wednesday, May 4, 12noon - 3pm Thursday, May 5, 11am - 2pm Friday, May 6, 10am - 1pm Photo credit: Richard Getler


Amy H. Carberry Gallery Artist in Residence - April 1 - 30, 2022
April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022

Amy H. Carberry Gallery Artist in Residence - April 1 - 30, 2022

I'm excited to spend the month of April as an Artist-in-Residence at the Amy H. Carberry Gallery, Springfield Technical Community College. I will use the gallery space to create a 20 x 6 ft hanging mobile installation as an exploration into manifesting my ideas with sculptural materials. You can hear about my process during a Zoom conversation on April 26th from 11-11:45 am. Watch here. STCC’s Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery Announces Inaugural Artist-in-Residence with Visual Artist, Donnabelle Casis SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Time and space can be two important elements to a visual artist who wants to experiment and create innovative work. For the month of April in the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College, Florence artist Donnabelle Casis will have both time and space to create, explore, and produce new work. This inaugural artist-in-residence opportunity is a unique experience for both artist and gallery; her art studio in Florence was too small for large-scale work, and since the pandemic, the gallery has been exploring ways to both serve and support local and regional artists in non-traditional ways; first, in the form of virtual interviews, and second, in this “gallery as a studio space” opportunity. Donnabelle Casis, whose artwork was first installed at the Carberry Gallery in March 2020 only to close after two days due to the pandemic, is a Filipina-American artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. She earned her MFA in painting from the University of Washington, and her work has been included in national and international solo and group exhibitions. Casis has received numerous awards and grants, including the Neddy Artist Fellowship for painting granted by the Behnke Foundation and grants from the Northampton Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work is included in several public and private collections. Throughout the month of April, the 1,000 square foot Carberry Gallery will serve as an art studio for Donnabelle Casis while she explores new and larger materials. Casis explains, “My interest in the tangible universe and what transcends experience helps me understand my place in the world and beyond.” Trained as a painter, she plans to use the gallery/studio space to expand on her mastery of 2-dimensional artwork to include large 3-dimensional artwork. She will be working in the gallery, which is closed to the public while she creates her large-scale hanging mobile. The gallery will reopen on Saturday, April 30 for an opening reception from 12noon to 4pm. This event is free and open to the public. The first week in May the gallery will be open to visitors interested in seeing the new work created by Donnabelle Casis. Gallery hours: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3, 10am to 1pm Wednesday, May 4, 12noon - 3pm Thursday, May 5, 11am - 2pm Friday, May 6, 10am - 1pm Her current paintings explore the relationship of personal identity to visual systems of signification in both ancient and modern cultures. She draws from various sources such as Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, facial recognition software, cosmology, and the philosophy of metaphysics, among others. Filipino tribal imagery is tied to storytelling, marks of accomplishment, and societal roles. Facial recognition software maps physical characteristics which determine one’s visual identity. Casis says, “I am fascinated by visual perception and how meaning is derived from what we see. I look for hidden geometries that may connect discrete perspectives to form a greater whole.” Carberry Conversations, presented by Springfield Technical Community College’s Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery, continues on Monday, April 26 at 11am with a virtual conversation between artist-in-residence Donnabelle Casis and associate professor and gallery coordinator Sondra Peron. Link to the Monday, April 26, 11am Zoom interview: stcc.io/conversations All Carberry Conversations are free and open to the public via Zoom. Carberry Conversations is a series of virtual talks throughout the academic year between Peron and several exhibiting artists whose work has been on view at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery since 2013. Conceived in response to the ongoing pandemic, these conversations function as a space to connect working artists and photographers to STCC and the Greater Springfield community covering a wide variety of topics including, origin stories, the impact of current events on artistic process, and the function of art and photography during times of crisis. This special artist-in-residence exhibition and all associated events are supported in part by the School of Liberal and Professional Studies (LAPS) and the Fine Arts (A.A.) program. About the Gallery The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College features works by artists of local and national repute as well as STCC student work. The gallery is located in Building 28, first floor, on the Pearl Street side of the STCC campus. The gallery is supported in part by funding from the School of Liberal and Professional Studies. Find the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery on Facebook or follow on Twitter @STCCArtGallery. About Springfield Technical Community College Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, offers a variety of career programs unequaled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science, and technology continue to provide the most economical options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of more than 7,700 day, evening, weekend, and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity. For more information about STCC, visit www.stcc.edu. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@S_T_C_C). Photo credit: Isabella Dellolio https://www.facebook.com/isabelladelloliophotography   Donnabelle's Studio Photo Credit: Isabella Dellolio Photography


Matrix & Mycelia: paintings by Donnabelle Casis and ceramics by Robbie Heidinger
November 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021

Matrix & Mycelia: paintings by Donnabelle Casis and ceramics by Robbie Heidinger

Pulp is pleased to announce a two-person show , Matrix & Mycelia with paintings by Donnabelle Casis and Ceramics by Robbie Heidinger. Catalogues are available. See the exhibit here.


Channel - Platform Gallery, Seattle
September 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Channel - Platform Gallery, Seattle

The word 'channel' is a multi-level reference. It can be defined as a length of water joining two larger areas of water; a band of radio or TV frequencies; the direction towards a particular end or object; and, finally, in service as a medium. I believe creating art is a form of divination. By joining and directing images and perceptions, we are able to contextualize our life experience.


2021 Mohawk Hudson Regional - Albany Center Gallery
September 7, 2021 - October 9, 2021

2021 Mohawk Hudson Regional - Albany Center Gallery

For the first time in its 85-year history, the Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibition will be presented at three locations simultaneously: Albany Center Gallery, Albany International Airport Gallery and Opalka Gallery at Russell Sage College. While for decades, the exhibition has rotated among the Albany Institute of History & Art, The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls, and The University Art Museum, University at Albany, this year’s reimagined version reflects the spirit of creative innovation that distinguishes our regional arts community. The exhibition call was open to all visual artists residing within a 100-mile radius of Albany, NY and Glens Falls, NY. Traditionally, the annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition is curated by a single guest juror and presented in a one location. By expanding to include three Albany galleries, with a different juror selecting work for each space, this year’s exhibition will be broader in scope than those of the past, and each iteration will reflect the distinct mission of each gallery and the vision of each juror. Mixed media artist Alisa Sikelianos-Carter will choose work for Albany Center Gallery, curator and artist Tommy Gregory will choose work for Albany International Airport Gallery, and gallerist Pamela Salisbury will choose for Opalka Gallery. DATES OF EXHIBITION: Albany Center Gallery: September 10 – October 9, 2021 Albany International Airport Gallery: September 16 – November 8, 2021 Opalka Gallery: September 7 – October 9, 2021 RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONIES: Albany International Airport Gallery: Thursday, September 16 6-8 pm Opalka Gallery: Friday, September 17 (6-8 pm) Albany Center Gallery: Saturday, September 18 (3-5 pm) For more info, please see Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition.


Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection - Tacoma Art Museum
February 13, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection - Tacoma Art Museum

One of my paintings from 1999 will be part of an exhibition titled Painting Deconstructed: Selections from the Northwest Collection at the Tacoma Art Museum. I am honored to have work in the show! All of the artworks on view are by Black and Indigenous artists, artists of color, and women artists.


Rhizomatic - William Blizard Gallery, Springfield College
February 8, 2021 - March 5, 2021

Rhizomatic - William Blizard Gallery, Springfield College

The gallery will be open limited hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-4:30, 5 visitors at a time. If you can't make it to the gallery, please check out the virtual exhibit! Link will be available on February 8. Donnabelle Casis, Reed Anderson, Alexis Callender, Beth Humphrey, Baird Soules, Stacey McCarthy, Rob Bywater Curated by Jessica Poser and Jacin Giordano. In botany, rhizomes are root masses that send out roots and shoots from various nodes. As a theoretical framework, the rhizome suggests an image of thought, one which has multiple entry and exit points, a non-hierarchical structure with no beginning and no end. The work in this exhibit explores these connections in imagery and process as well as in material and conceptual approaches.


Call and Response - Newport Art Museum
October 17, 2020 - February 7, 2021
Newport Art Museum
Call and Response - Newport Art Museum

The “Call & Response” exhibition showcases innovative works of art by regional artists while offering a glimpse of the Museum’s collection through fresh eyes. The Newport Art Museum is home to over 2,700 works of art including prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, paintings, textiles, and decorative arts. For this exhibition, regional artists working in a diverse array of media were invited to plumb the Museum’s collection for creative inspiration with the goal of creating an original work of art, in any medium, in response to a museum object. This exhibition features each artist’s imaginative work of art beside the collection work to which it responds. Participating artists include: Cicely Carew, Donnabelle Casis, Jill Colinan, Becci Davis, Holly Gaboriault, Amy Giese, Kevin Gilmore, Jungil Hong, Molly Kaderka, Rachel Loischild, Saberah Malik, Anna McNeary, Kelsey Miller, Mara Trachtenberg, and Max Van Pelt. Collection artists include: James Baker, Donna Bruton, Francis Adams Comstock, Howard Gardiner Cushing, Bob Dilworth, Amano Kunihiro, John La Farge, Rania Matar, Joseph Norman, Palmer Family, Lissa Rivera, Hugh Townley, Claudia Widdiss.


Links & Reviews

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Cultural Cousins A Show of LatinX and Filipinx Artists at ChaShaMa

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Hyperallergic lists Cultural Cousins as an event pick! https://hyperallergic.com/508487/latinx-and-filipinx-diasporas-unite-in-a-new-exhibition/

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ArtBeat Report on The Bill Newman Show

In 2019, local artist Betsy Stone invited me to take over as the new ArtBeat Radio Host on The Bill…

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Filipino American Artists Directory

Honored to be included in the beautiful publication created by Janna añonuevo langholz.  

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Florence Night Out

Pooling Creative Energy into One Big Festival, One Night at a Time I founded and produced Florence Night Out, a…

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