After a long absence from my public art career I have recently returned with a new fervor to create and to share my fine art photography. 

 

Historically my work has involved the use of traditional film and darkroom techniques, generating gelatin silver prints and using various  chemical tinting processes or the application of various artists pigments by hand. The work has always been exploratory in its nature and has at times incorporated both photographic and hand-rendered imagery via drawing, collage or other multi-media applications. All of my current work involves digital imagery, which often is then intentionally altered or manipulated into a very different version of the original image by using various software applications and editing tools. Since 2019 I have experimented with and frequently utilized an iPhone camera to explore both its capabilities and its limitations. There is an immediacy of the moment that often can only be captured when one always has a camera in their hands. We routinely use smart phone technology as documentary and social connection devices in our daily lives, but they can also be powerful creative and communication tools for artists. 

 

Regardless of the tools or techniques I use, my personal aesthetic almost always incorporates overlapping themes that explore the visual poetry of a place and the passage of time. Subject matter varies depending on the theme of a series of work, but my primary subject matter has long been focused on the natural world, which remains as fascinating, inspiring, and intimate as it did when I first began exploring it as a child. My work has been described as an interweaving of our very personal human experiences in the external physical landscape with elements of the inner emotional landscapes of our lives. For me, creative expression is an ongoing, cumulative process of acquiring and absorbing experiences in our world, exploring our actions in it, and trying to understand our connection to it and to one another. Therefore, some of the series that I create are left open-ended as they evolve and are added to over time. 

I believe that the manner in which we consume and appreciate visual art is very much a personal experience. Even though I entitle my images, those notations are not meant to influence the viewer's interpretation or experience. They are primarily a reference point. Although, in many cases a title can and will influence interpretations. I much prefer that the viewer bring their own experiences, ideas, emotions, and perceptions to my work. I personally believe that the most interesting visual art quietly entices us back to not only look at it again, but to really see it with more than just our eyes...to absorb it, to feel it, digest it, ponder it, question it. I hope that you will revisit here periodically to continue to explore a favorite image, a series or new work that will be added to the gallery. If you are interested in making an acquisition of a work or would like to discuss an image or series please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.

The quality of any print you acquire is extremely important to me. That is why I handle purchases myself directly with my clients. Most of my work is available as limited edition fine art prints, which are signed and numbered by me. All are reproduced with the highest attention to quality and longevity. I use only archival pigment inks for their stability and accuracy across the color spectrum. Prints are produced on Hahnemühle Museum Etching Paper or Hahnemühle Cotton Photo Rag Paper which are both a natural white cotton art paper with an inkjet coating specially optimized for fine art printing. These heavyweight textured papers do not contain optical brighteners and are characterized by their high level of stability. The finely textured surface with fine felt structure lends added depth and richness to the finished print. Combined with the pure cotton base, this creates a wonderfully soft tactile feel and artistic impression. Fine art prints generated in this manner are calculated to have longevity rates of at least 100 years. When matted and framed with archival materials and displayed under UV protective museum quality glass they will retain all their tonality and details well past 100 years. 

Whether it be for exhibition prints or those for a client's collection I entrust all of my fine art printing to Agave Print Studio in Austin, Texas. Peter Williams is a master printer as well as a photographer and he cares as much as I do about the quality of the final print. Please visit their website or contact them for your own fine art printing needs. They also do exquisite exhibition quality framing in their studio. 

https://www.agaveprint.com/

Donna Dangott received her BFA in photography from Austin Peay State University in 1988. Previously she pursued a BFA at the same institution in Graphic Design/Illustration. She worked as a medical illustrator at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, TN 1978 to 1987. She also worked as a free-lance illustrator and graphic designer 1978 to 1988 in Nasvhille,TN.  She recently retired from a 30 year career in healthcare and has returned to her creative art career. She opened D.Dangott Studio in January 2020. She has work in private, public and corporate collections around the country. 

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Trees  

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

Photo Place Gallery

Middlebury, VT

http://photoplacegallery.com/

April 2 to April 25 / 2020

Juror Wendi Schneider

 

Allegany National 2020 

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

The Allegany Arts Council

Cumberland, MD

http://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/

April 4 to May 2/ 2020

Juror Brownie Harris

Domicile  

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

A.Smith Gallery

Johnson City, TX

https://asmithgallery.com/

June 26 to August 9/2020

Jurors Amanda Smith & Kevin Tully

Works On Paper 2020  

a national juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

Long Beach Island Foundation of

The Arts & Sciences Gallery

Loveladies, NJ

http://lbifoundation.org/events/artist-application-works-on-paper-2020-national-juried-competition/

June 26 to July 27/2020

Juror Sarah Suzuki

Photo National 2020  

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Gallery

Plano, TX

https://www.dmacontemporary.com/

July 1 to July 25/2020

Juror Byrd Williams IV

Water: Element of Change  

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

Photo Place Gallery

Middlebury, VT

http://photoplacegallery.com/

July 2 to July 25/2020

Juror Hannah Frieser

The Land And The Light—Two Viewpoints on the Southern American Landscape

A Joint Exhibition of new photography by

Donna Dangott and Susan Bryant

An international annual juried portfolio performance competition and exhibition

A.Smith Gallery

Johnson City, TX

https://asmithgallery.com/

July 10 to August 2/2020

Jurors Amanda Smith & Kevin Tully

Archway 12th Annual

a national juried multi-media

competition and exhibtion

Archway Gallery

Houston, TX

https://www.archwaygallery.com/archway-12th-annual-juried-exhibition-2020.html

July 5 to 30/2020

Juror Wayne Gilbert

The 2020 National

a national juried photography 

competition and exhibition 

Society of Arts & Crafts and

The Stonehenge Gallery

Montgomery, AL

 https://www.stonehengeinc.com/921-2/

July 11 to July 31/2020

Juror Angie Dodson

*Best in Category Award for

The Manipulated Image*

Transformations 2020

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

Plymouth Center For Fine Arts

Plymouth, MA

https://plymouthguild.org/

July 15 to August 31/2020

Juror Tony Andrade

The Shadow Aspect

an international juried photography 

competition and exhibition

The Praxis Gallery And Photo Arts Center

Minneapolis, MN

https://www.praxisphotocenter.org/

July 25 to August 17 / 2020

Spanish Peaks Arts Council

2020 National Photo

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

SPACe Gallery

La Veta, CO

https://spanishpeaksarts.org/

July 28 to August 29/2020

SCA: 52 International Open

an international juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

Society Of Canadian Artists / Papermill Gallery

Toronto, Canada

https://www.societyofcanadianartists.com

August 1 to October 31/2020

Western National

an international juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Gallery

Plano, TX

https://www.dmacontemporary.com/

August 4 to Aug 29 / 2020

Juror Ann Zembala

American Landscapes

a national juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

Maryland Federation Of Art / Circle Gallery

Annapolis, MD

https://mdfedart.com/

August 13 to September 12 / 2020

Juror Lillian Bayley Hoover

Nothing In Nature Clashes

a national juried photography

competiton and exhibition

The Cape Cod Cultural Center Gallery

South Yarmouth, MA

www.culturalcenter.org

From August to October 2020

Muse

an international juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

Art Fluent Virtual Gallery

Boston, MA

https://www.art-fluent.com/muse

August thru September 2020

Juror Jackie Reeves

2020 National Fine Art Show

a national juried multi-media

competition and exhibition

The Lincoln Gallery

Loveland, CO

www.lincolngallery.com

September 4 to October 2/2020

Juror Suzanne Farris

Street Photography

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

New York Center For Photographic Art

New York City, NY

https://www.nyc4pa.com/

September thru October 2020

Juror Michael Itkoff

*Received Jurors Selection Award*

Still LIfe

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

SXSE Center for Photography Gallery

Molena, GA

September 15 to October 31/2020

www.sxsegallery.com

Curated by Nancy McCrary

Texas Photographic Society

33rd Members Only

an annual juried photography

competition and exhibition

The Center for Contemporary Arts Gallery

Abilene, TX

https://www.texasphoto.org/

September 17 to November 14/2020

Juror Bill Wright

Making Strange

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

The Praxis Gallery And Photo Arts Center Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

www.praxisphotocenter.org

September 19 to October 13/2020

Juror Douglas Beasley

Finding Joy

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

Photo Place Gallery

Middlebury, VT

http://photoplacegallery.com/

October 1 to 23 / 2020

Juror Amy Holmes

Light

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

A.Smith Gallery

Johnson City, TX

https://asmithgallery.com/

October 2 to November 15/2020

Juror Richard McCabe

Contemporary Arts National 2020

a national juried multi-media competition

and exhibition

Center For Contemporary Arts Gallery

Abilene, TX

https://www.center-arts.com/

October 22 to December 11/2020

Curated by Thomas Motley

Art Through The Lens

a national juried photography competition

and exhibition

The Yeiser Art Center Gallery

Paducah, KY

https://theyeiser.org/

October 23 to November 28/2020

Curated by Lauren Chambers

Abstractions

a national juried multi-media competition

and exhibition

Cultural Center of Cape Cod Gallery

South Yarmouth, MA

https://www.cultural-center.org/

October 28 to November 22 / 2020

Director's Choice Selections

Old Myths & New Stories

a national juried multi-media competition

and exhibition

Sponsored by The Women's Caucus for Art 

https://nationalwca.org/

Curtis Cultural Arts Center Gallery

https://greenwoodvillage.com/1247/Curtis-Center-for-the-Arts

November 7 to December 23/2020

Jurors Chris Stevens and Jennifer Perlow

Love & Loss & Resilience

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

SXSE Center for Photography Gallery

Molena, GA

November 11 to December 31/2020

www.sxsegallery.com

Curated by Molly Roberts

CPA International 2020

an international juried photography

competition and exhibition

Center For Photographic Arts 

Carmel, CA

https://photography.org/about-us/

November 14 to December 20/2020

Juror Aline Smithson

Narratives

an international juried photography 

competition and exhibition

The Praxis Gallery And Photo Arts Center Gallery

Minneapolis, MN

www.praxisphotocenter.org

November 21 to December 14 / 2020

Juror Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

iMotif

a national juried photography

competition and exhibition

Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Lenox, MA

https://www.sohnfineart.com/

January 15 to April 12/2021

Curated by Cassandra Sohn

and an anonymous peer panel