Donna Zagotta Contemporary Figure Paintings

About the Artist

I was born in Chicago, Illinois. As the only child of two passionate musicians, I can’t ever remember a time when art, creativity, and music wasn’t a part of my life. I made the decision to become serious about my art in 1984, giving myself a year “to see what I could do.” And the rest, as they say, is history!

Donna Zagotta has been active professionally for over 25 years. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally and across the USA. She has accumulated numerous awards and her work appears in many publications. In 1990 the University of Michigan School of Art invited Donna to create and teach a 400 Level summer watercolor course. This first experience with teaching art ignited a strong passion for teaching that put Donna on a new and unexpected life path teaching watercolor workshops nationally and abroad.

2010 “Out and About”– Norma Grey Gallery, Brighton, Michigan
2003 “Lifestories” – River Street Gallery, Manistee, Michigan
1999 “Connections” – Norma Grey Gallery, Brighton, Michigan
1993 Shiawasee Arts Council, Owosso, Michigan
1992 Left bank Gallery, Flint, Michigan
1992 University of Michigan North Campus Gallery, Ann arbor, Michigan

American Watercolor Society Exhibitions: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 1999, 1998, 1989
National Watercolor Society Exhibitions: 2018, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1988, 1987
Northwest Watercolor Society Exhibitions: 2008, 2006, 2003
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibitions: 2016, 2007, 2001, 1989
San Diego Watercolor Society Exhibitions: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1998
Watercolor West: 1998, 1997, 1991
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center: 2013
International Small Image Exchange Exhibition, Shenzhen, China: 2015-2016
Watercolor Salon II, Thessaloniki, Greece: 2017

Juried Signature Membership, American Watercolor Society
Juried Signature Membership, National Watercolor Society

American Artist Weekly Magazine 5/15/2018 “In the Studio With Donna Zagotta and Carla O’Connor”
Choices Magazine Spring 2016 “An Interview with Donna Zagotta”
Watercolor Artist Magazine December 2015 “Ones to Watch” nomination
Watercolor Artist Magazine February 2015 Juror Statement
Watercolor Artist Magazine April 2014 “The Color Project”
The Art of Watercolour September-November 2013 feature article “Simplifying Shapes”
Watercolor Artist Magazine April 2013 feature article “Don’t Forsake Opaque”
Watercolor Artist Magazine October 2010 feature article “Altered Sensibility”
Watercolor Artist Magazine October 2009 feature article “Watercolor Chronicles”
Watercolor Artist Magazine August 2009 “Inside the Artist’s Studio”
Watercolor Magazine, 2008 Summer feature article “Opaque Color – Bold Design”
Watercolor Artist Magazine, April 2008 feature article “Make a Statement”
Watercolor Magazine, Spring 2006 feature article “Design Solutions: Painting in Series”
Watercolor Magic Magazine, March 2005 “Watercolor Basics: Color 101”
International Artist Magazine, June/July 2002 feature article “Adding Body to Watercolors”
Watermedia Focus Magazine, Issue 27 “An Artist Worth Noting”
The Palette Magazine, Issue 3
The Artist’s Magazine, March 2001 cover and feature article “Go Wild with Color!”
Watercolor Magic Magazine Yearbook 2001 “Ones to Watch”
International Artist Magazine August/September 2000 “International Prize Winners”
D & D Magazine (Italy) 1990 cover and feature article “Painting Sunbathed Interiors”
The Artist’s Magazine September 1989 feature article “Painting Sunbathed Interiors”

“Creative Watercolor Workshop” by Mark Mehaffey, Northlight Publishers 2005
“Watercolor Expressions” by Betty Lou Schlemm, Rockport Publishers (cover)
“Splash 1”, “Splash 2”, “Splash 4”, “Splash 7”, “Splash 8”, Northlight Publishers
“The Best of Watercolor”, Rockport Publishers 1999
“The Artistic Touch 2”, Creative Art Press 1997
“The Artistic Touch”, Creative Art Press 1995

California Watercolor Association 2017
Hawaii Watercolor Society 2016
San Diego Watercolor Society 2015
Northwest Watercolor Society 2014
Alaska Watercolor Society 2013
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 2013
American Watercolor Society 2012
Utah Watercolor Society 2012
Red River Watercolor Society 2012
National Watercolor Society 2002

University of Michigan School of Art, Art 447: “Contemporary Realism in Watercolor” 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997
Numerous watercolor workshops around the country and abroad beginning in 2004 to the present.