Donise English

Layered Constructs

These works on paper are about the way visual diagrams present information that describes how something is made or the way it is. I am interested in drawing and collaging multiple layers of information that refer abstractly to maps, architectural drawings and blueprints or patterns and structures found in such things as roller coasters, power lines and fences. I use gouache and collaged paper in a series of layers that are a visual and ideological response to the previous layer to define my pictorial space. For each piece I create a set of rules to follow about the use of a limited palette, a grid format, opacity of paper and whether a piece may include curving lines or maintain a rectilinear structure.


Quilt Constructions

Lately I’ve been looking at quilts. The quirky patterns have found their way into my sculpture, gouache and encaustic pieces.

Whether using hand-stitching, tiny collage fragments, gouache or wax, the obscure processes of all of the works share an intricacy that allows me to explore my ongoing interest in the sense of touch and the way that it embeds itself in, and indelibly records, human involvement in an object’s making.

The small sculptures are constructed of hand-painted, encaustic soaked paper that I stitch together to form multiple similarly shaped components. This method of stitching and applying hot wax results in the quirky, imperfect shape of each unit that are then pieced together as one would a quilt using peculiar scraps of fabric.

What To Do With A Grid


2016 Encaustics on Board

Earlier Encaustics on board

Encaustics on paper

Large Paintings

Gouache and Collage




Master of Fine Arts in Painting

Bard College 1986

Bachelor of Science in Art History

State University College at New Paltz 1977

Additional Study: New York Studio School (Drawing Marathons)

Columbia University, School of Architecture

Women’s Studio Workshop

TEACHING Professor of Studio Art, Department of Art and Art History, Marist College, Poughkeepsie,NY

Coordinator, Interior Design Program, Florence, Italy campus 1992-present


Finalist, “Saatchi Showdown” 2010

Invitational Award for Outstanding Contemporary Talent,

University of Bridgeport, CT 2000

Purchase Prize, “11th National Juried Exhibition”

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore 1999

First Prize, “Women in the Visual Arts ‘95”

Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT 1995

Joseph A. Cain Memorial Purchase Award for Sculpture

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX 1994

Honorable Mention, “National Juried Exhibition”

University of Bridgeport, CT 1993

Individual Artists Fellowship in Sculpture

Dutchess Arts Fund 1992/93

Tallix, Morris, Singer Internship in Sculpture

Tallix Foundry, Beacon, NY 1990/91



“Let’s Stay in Touch”, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD


“Off the Grid”, Arts & Culture Program, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY

“Gridspace”, KMOCA, Kingston, NY

“Abstraction”, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Assuming Identity”, NY Institute of Technology, New York, NY


“Modern Artists”, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region”, The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY

Stone Canoe/Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY


New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY

“Contemporary Painters (Who Just Happen To Be Women)”,

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Strange Glue: Collage at 100”, Cambridge School, Weston, MA

“Dear Mother Nature”, Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY

“Fresher Paint”, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY

Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY


“Process+Content: Donise English”, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

“Donise English-Paintings”, Orange County Community College, Newburgh, NY

“Gender Matters/Matters of Gender”, Freedman Gallery,

Albright College, Reading, PA


Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Encaustics: Wax and Image”, Westchester Community College White Plains, NY

“Dots, Lines and Figures”, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Spring Awakening”, NY Institute of Technology, New York, NY

“Clay City Dreams”, NY Institute of Technology, New York, NY

“Texture, Pattern, Fragment”, Krause Gallery, Moses Brown School Providence, RI


“Collage”, NY Institute of Technology, New York, NY

“Working in Wax”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

“Encaustic 2009”, College of New Rochelle, NY

“Three Artists”, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Convergence: The Human Experience”, Howard County Center for the Arts, MD


“Suckers and Biters: Love, Lollipops, and Exquisite Corpse”

Chashama Gallery, New York, NY

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY


“Patterns and Light”, Blue Hill Gallery, Blue Hill, ME

“Suckers and Biters”, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


“100 Artists, 100 Watercolors”, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art,

New York, NY

“On/Of Paper”, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

“The Love Show”, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT


The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

“Small Tales”, Valdosta State University, Georgia

National Juried Exhibition, Art Institute and Gallery

Salisbury, MD, Juror: Stephen Haller

“Greed, Envy, Jealousy, Fear”, TSL Warehouse, Hudson, NY


“Women in the Middle: Borders, Barriers, Intersections”

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Girl Art Now”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

3 Person Exhibition, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

“The Feminine Eye”, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

“Women Painting Women”, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

“Thought Patterns”, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ

“Surface, Matter and Artifice”, Dutchess Community College Art Gallery

Poughkeepsie, NY


“Beefcake/Cheesecake”,Orange County Center for Contemporary Art,

Santa Ana, CA,Juror: Jamie Wilson, Curator

Halpert Bienniel, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Juror: Jeff Fleming, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center

“The Great White Oak”, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY


“Cat Calls”, Red Clay Arts, Brooklyn

“Hudson Valley Regional”, SUNY New Paltz

Juror: Sydney Jenkins, Director, Ramapo College Art Galleries


One-Person Exhibition, Davis and Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY

“Beyond the Surface”, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago

One-Person Exhibition, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY


“Vision 2000” University of Bridgeport, CT, Juror: Ursula von Rydingsvard

(Invitational Award for Outstanding Contemporary Talent)

“Labyrinths and Mazes”, The Loft, San Pedro, CA


“Instinct”, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

Juror: Patrick Merrill, Director, Kellogg University

Art Gallery, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, CA

“National Juried Exhibition”, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Juror: Jan Howard, Curator, Baltimore Museum of Art

“Gridworks”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Juror: Maureen O’Brien, Curator, RISD Art Museum


“From Form to Function”, College Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz

Juror: Betty Wilde-Biasiny, Curator, Bronx Museum of Art


“Texas National ‘97”, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Jurors: Doug and Mike Starn

Catalogue published

“Pulp”, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


“Metaphor for the 20th Century”, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Juror: Rachel Rosenfield-Lafo, Curator, DeCordova Museum of Art

“Hudson Valley ‘96”, College Art Gallery, SUNY New Paltz

Juror: Linda Weintraub


“Influenced by Nature”, Gallery at Hastings, NY