Donna Bruton

Donnamaria Bruton (May 3, 1954 - September 9, 2012) was a painter and capacity member at the Rhode Island School of Design, known for her unclean media paintings and collages. Bruton worked at RISD starting in 1992, serving as Painting Department head from 2001–03, and as interim dean of Graduate Studies from 2003–05.

Bruton's style, described by The Providence Journal as "a in limbo free-flowing style.... but in the spread of a strong realistic streak," makes use of her drawing, painting and collage skills. Many of her collages employ mundane objects as the key to getting at a deeper memory or concept. Her first solo exhibit was in 1993 in Austin, Texas, and was well-received. Later in her career, the size of her works expanded, many to canvases 8 by 8 feet (2.4 by 2.4 m).

Bruton acknowledged the Blanche E. Colman Award from BNY Mellon in 1999. Her play-act is ration of the unshakable collection at the RISD Museum and the Gwanjiu Museum in Korea, as well as several private collections. Bruton's do its stuff is in the steadfast collection of the Newport Art Museum.

Bruton was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1954. Her daddy was baseball player Bill Bruton, and her grandfather on her mother's side was Negro leagues performer Judy Johnson. She conventional a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. She studied under painter Edward Loper and exhibited in the song of Dell Pryor in Detroit. She married Timothy Coutis in January 1999.

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