artist bio

Donovan Widmer has served as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota since 2004, where he teaches the Jewelry/Metalsmithing emphasis area. Mr. Widmer received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art at Illinois State University. Mr. Widmer has worked professionally as a metalsmith for several years.

Mr. Widmerís work has been exhibited in international, national, regional,
and local University and College galleries, as well as, commercial galleries. The solo-exhibitions, two-person exhibitions, and group exhibitions have included venues in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Oregon, and California. His works have been shown in international galleries in London, Spain, and Norway. In conjunction with many of these exhibitions, Mr. Widmer has been invited as a Visiting Artist nationally and regionally to many Universities and Colleges to present lectures on his research, conduct workshops, and critique graduate and undergraduate studentsí research. In addition, illustrations of
Mr. Widmerís artwork have been included in four books.

Mr. Widmerís artwork is assembled from found materials and appropriated images that are deconstructed and combined with fabricated elements produced from precious and semi-precious materials. The artworks examine and critically assess the evolution of our present cultures ideologies.

Photograph of Donovan Widmer