Donna P. Torres

donnatorres@mac.com


EDUCATION:

Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing

Florida International University. Miami, Florida. May 2001.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

Florida International University, Miami, Florida. May 1994.


Botanical Illustration

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida. 1985 – 1986.


Bachelor in Liberal Arts, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. April 1978.


EMPLOYMENT:

Adjunct Professor, Painting. School of Art and Art History. Florida International University.

Miami, Florida. July 2000 – July 2003, August 2005 – present.


Art Instructor. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida.

October 2001 – present.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Beginning and advanced painting

Beginning and advanced drawing

Figure drawing

Beginning and advanced botanical illustration.

Photoshop

Book arts


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

Caminos y Enlaces. Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago, Chile. December 2020.


Toxic Treatments: Modern Medicine from Ancient Wisdom. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Miami, Florida. May 2018.


Ancient Conversations. Museum of Sacred, Magic and Medicinal Plants.Cusco, Perú.

November 2013.


Distant Wanders. Close Enchantments. The Art Gallery at Government Center. Miami, Florida. June 2008.


Glimpses and Wonders. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center Gallery.

Key Biscayne, Florida. July 2007.


To see clearly. Museo Arqueológico R.P. Le Paige. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

June 2003.


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

Tropical Madness. The Gato Building. Key West, Florida. May 2019.


Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning. Bailey Contemporary Arts. Pompano Beach, Florida. April 2019.


Encounters: Friend or Foe? The Keys History & Discovery Center. Islamorada, Florida.

March 2019.


Pollinators. Biscayne National Park. Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. Homestead, Florida. January 2019.


Encounters: Friend or Foe? Ann Kolb Nature Center. Hollywood, Florida. July 2018.


Tropical Madness. Wirtz Art Gallery. South Miami, Florida. March 2018.


Orchid Passion. 2018 Tamiami International Orchid Festival. Miami, Florida. January 2018.


Golden Gate to Garden Gate - Small Works. American Society of Botanical Artists. San Mateo, California. October 2017.


Fairchild Artists in Bloom 2017. Garden House. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida. April 2017.


Encounters: Friend or Foe? Biscayne National Park. Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. Homestead, Florida. March 2017.


Gardens by Moonlight: Vizcaya Village Edition. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Vizcaya Village. Miami, Florida. January 2017.


Lost Village in conjunction with the Contemporary Art Program, Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Vizcaya Village. Miami, Florida. December 2016.


Inner Visions: Sacred Plants, Art and Spirituality. The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery & Permanent Collection. St. Lawrence University. Canton, New York. October 2016.


Small Eden. Deering Estate. Miami, Florida. September 2016.


In Deep with Diatoms. Ann Kolb Nature Center. Hollywood, Florida. August 2016.


Festival internacional de arte visionario, urbano ancestral, diversidad y sustentabilidad. Universidad de Caldas. Manizales, Colombia. May 2016.


Fairchild Artists in Bloom 2016. The Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida. May 2016.


The Orchid of Desire. 2016 Tamiami International Orchid Festival. Miami, Florida.

January 2016.


Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning. Portraits of plants found along the Tamiami Trail. The Gallery at Kona Kai. Key Largo, Florida. January 2016.


Moksha Art Fair 2015 Entheosis. Delinquent Design Gallery. Miami, Florida. December 2015.


Small Works. American Society of Botanical Artists. Coconut Grove, Florida. October 2015.


Into the Wild. Miami Dade College (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design. Kendall Campus. Miami, Florida. September 2015.


Dali and Me. Mac Fine Art. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. June 2015.


In Deep with Diatoms. Biscayne National Park. Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. Homestead, Florida. August 2015.


In Deep with Diatoms. Frost Art Museum. Florida International University. Miami, Florida. February 2015.


Inner Worlds: Sacred Plants, Art and Spirituality. Brauer Museum. Valparaiso University.

Valparaiso, Indiana. January 2015.


Bizarre Botany. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables, Florida. August 2014.


Botanical Exploration in the Everglades. Miami Main Library. Miami - Dade Public Library System. Miami, Florida. August 2014.


Art and Shamanism. Moksha Art Gallery. Miami, Florida. July 2014.


Magical Peru: Between Worlds. South Gallery, Miami International Airport. Miami, Florida.

April 2014.


SELECTED SEMINARS:

Botanical Illustration Workshop. Fruits and Flowers. Shady Palm Art Gallery. Marathon, Florida. January 2019.


Painting Poisonous Plants. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Miami, Florida.

July 2018.


Botanical Illustration Workshop. Shady Palm Art Gallery. Marathon, Florida. April 2018.


MakerSPACE Workshop. Abstract art in watercolor. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. Miami, Florida. November 2017.


Botanical Illustration. The Art Studio. Marathon, Florida. August 2017.


Botanical Illustration: Learning to really see & portray plants. Botanical Dimensions Ethnographic Library. Occidental, California. May 2017.


Drawing the plants of Vizcaya. Bio-Blitz 2017, sponsored by National Geographic. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Miami, Florida. April 2017.


Orchids: A Workshop in Botanical Illustration and Pencil Drawing. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida. February 2016.


Painting the Curiosity Cabinet. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, Florida. March 2016.


Tropical Trees. American Society of Botanical Artists. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. October 2015.


SELECTED SEMINARS TAUGHT ABROAD:

Guest Artist. Botanical Illustration Certificate Program. Universidad Catolica de Chile. Santiago, Chile. May 2018.


The Wasiwaska Garden. A workshop in drawing and painting. Wasiwaska Research Centre for the study of psychointegrator plants, visionary art and consciousness, Florianopolis, Brazil. April 2017.


Scientific Illustration with the students of the Rio Seco Rural School. Rio Seco Natural History Museum. Rio Seco, Chile. October 2015.


Botanical Art Workshop. University of Magallanes. Two day workshop with the artisans of the Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales, Chile. October 2015.


Botanical Art Workshop. University of Magallanes. With the students of the American Corner. Punta Arenas, Chile. October 2015.


The Wasiwaska Garden. A two part workshop in drawing and painting shamanic plants. Wasiwaska Research Centre for the study of psychointegrator plants, visionary art and consciousness, Florianopolis, Brazil. August 2015.


Botanical Art Workshop. Wasiwaska Centre for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art, and Consciousness. Florianópolis, Brazil. July 2011.


Text and Image:The Artist Book. Wasiwaska Centre for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art, and Consciousness. Florianópolis, Brazil. July 2011.


SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS:

American Society of Botanical Artists Grant for Individual Artists, 2003, continued in 2005.


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Voyage MIA. Check out Donna Torres Artwork. May 2, 2018. http://voyagemia.com/interview/check-donna-torress-artwork/


Profesora del Jardín Botánico Tropical de Miami ofreció charla sobre Ilustración Botánica. Universidad Catolica de Chile. Santiago, Chile May 2018.

http://geografia.uc.cl/Noticias/profesora-del-jardin-botanico-tropical-de-miami-dio-charla-sobre-ilustracion-botanica.html?server=1


Botanical Art at the Edge of the World. Botanical art and plant exploration in Chilean Patagonia.

The Botanical Artist. Publication of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Volume 22 Issue 1, p.16 - 17. March 2016.


The Art of Botanical Illustration. The Tropical Garden. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Winter 2016. P.19.


Spell of the Urubamba. Vilca in Andean Culture History. Daniel W. Gade. Drawing, A Pinch of Niopo, p. 194. Springer 2016.


Exploring the Forces of Nature. George Fishman. The Miami Herald. In Arts and Entertainment, p.6 - 7M. October 25, 2015.


Climate and color choice, Artists discuss light, humidity and the creative process. Susan Cumins.The Botanical Artist. Publication of the American Society of Botanical Artists.Volume 21 Issue 3, p.16. September 2015.


Priscilla Fawcett. Fairchild's scientific illustrator of tropical botany. Janet Mosely Latham. The Botanical Artist. Publication of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Volume 21 Issue 2, p.31. June 2015.


Big, Bad Book of Botany. Michael Largo. Six botanical art illustrations. William Morrow 2014.


Interview with Donna Torres. Periferia no.15. Huaraz, Peru. April 2013.


COLLECTIONS:

Paintings and drawings in private collections in the United States, Canada,

Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Chile.


PUBLIC COLLECTION: Florida International University. Miami, Florida.


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