Donna Conlon lives and works in Panama City, Panama. In 1991 she received a Masters degree in biology from the University of Kansas (USA) and in 2002 earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore). In 2002 she also did a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Conlon participated in the 51st Venice Bienniale in 2005, in the Arsenale exhibition as well as in the exhibition of the Italo-Latin American Institute. She has also shown her work at The Met Breuer (2019); Fridman Gallery (2019); The Centro Cultural la Moneda, Santiago, Chile (2018); Diablo Rosso, Panamá (2018); the Asunción Biennale, Paraguay (2015); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (2013); the Museo de la Ciudad, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2013); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California (2011); El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY...(2011); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2008); The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic (2008); Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007); the 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, (2007); Centraal Museum, Utrect, Netherlands (2006); and Istanbul Modern Art Museum (2006). In 2007 she received a grant for emerging Latin American artists from Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Her work is in recognized collections such as the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Art Foundation (Miami), Daros Latinamerica (Zurich) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
Since 2006 Conlon has made many videos in collaboration with Jonathan Harker. Conlon and Harker have exhibited their collaborations widely, in solo shows at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, Michigan (2018); Kadist, San Francisco (2018); Biomuseo, Panama (2018); NuMu en Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2018); The Spanish Cultural Center, Panama (2017); Diablo Rosso Gallery, Panama (2015); Washington Project for the Arts (2015); Des Pacio, San José, Costa Rica (2014); Espacio Mínimo Gallery, Madrid (2014); Fridman Gallery, New York, NY (2014); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (2014); El Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), Guatemala (2014); TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica (2009); Samson Projects, Boston (2007); as well as group shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2014); El Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica (2014); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain(2013); Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2012); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2012); and Palais du Tokyo, Paris (2009).
They have also participated in events and biennials such as Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Los Angeles (2017); Prospect New Orleans (2017); the Bienniale of the Americas, Denver (2015); the 43rd Salón (Inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia (2013); the 8th Mercosur Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (2011); Pontevedra Biennale, Spain (2010) and the 10th Havana Biennale (2009).
In 2010 Conlon and Harker were awarded a Harpo Foundation grant to develop new collaborative work to be exhibited at Teor/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. Their collaborations are included in several public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Tate Modern, London; Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris/San Francisco; and the Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela.
Donna Conlon is represented by Diablo Rosso in Panamá.