Though my process of working has an important physical component, I go into the studio to pay attention to ideas that are pressing. These include science, tolerance, joy, commitment, history and humor. The ideas are most exciting when those from disparate disciplines seem to reinforce each other. I am of a personality type that has been described as a synthesis. I try to combine things that are not normally seen as compatible.
Contact:  dwebb@uakron.edu

PUBLIC ART and INSTALATIONS

Strange Particles, Nancy and Dennis Carracher residence, Copley, OH, 2017

Angel Falls Tile Facade, new step, Angel Falls Coffee Shop, Akron, OH, 2014-2017

Cascade Village Public Art 2012-2013.

The Boogie Man of Howard Street, Summit Art Space, fall, 2012.

Synaptic Installation, Action Link, summer, 2012

Watershed Event, Myers School of Art, 2011.

Howard Street Project, Lauer Building, Akron, Ohio, 2010

Room of Beloved Fears, Summit Art Space, tile installation, 2008.

Stairway, residence of Margo Snider, porcelain tile, 3’X 15”, 2008

As Above, So Below, collection of the artist, Akron, OH porcelain floor, 380 sq. ft.

Nothing Great Is Ever Accomplished Without Much Enduring Catherine of Sienna, Student Union,University ofAkron,Akron,OH.  24 by 8 by 4-ft water wall, 2003.

Robinson in the World,RobinsonAcademy,Akron,OH, 200 by 8 ft tile mural, 2001.

Stairway to the Arts, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH, 2000.   18 by 18, by 3ft tile floor walls, benches and light covers.

Plus Ultra Bench, MyersSchool ofArt,University of Akron, 2001. 8 feet by 2 feet by 18 inches, tiled bench.  Collaborator, Janice Troutman.

Commemorative Bench, E.J. Thomas Hall, University of Akron, Akron, OH, 2000, ten feet in diameter.  Collaborator, Janice Troutman.

Four Seasons Floor,Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital,Columbus,OH, l996.  Tile floor twenty by fifteen feet.  Collaborator, Joseph Blue Sky.

Ceramic History Wall,MyersSchool of Art, 1995.  Outdoor tile wall 12 by 12 ft.  .

Magic Fountain, Metro Health Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1995.12 by 12 by 4 ft.   Collaborator, Joseph Blue Sky

King Triton and the Little Mermaid, Children’s Hospital,Akron,OH, l993.  Tile wall twenty four by eight feet. Collaborators:  Beth Lindenberger, Warren Harrison, Joseph Blue Sky, Vickie Steiger Akron Public Schools, Myers School of Art students.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Water:  a collaborative exhibition with Jean Marie Hartman, Rutgers University Art Library, 2017

After the Pedestal, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, Juror, Steve Lock, 2017

Best of 2017 Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Oh,  2017, Juror Ceramics artist Bill Griffith, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 2017

Best of 2017 Southern Ohio Museum,  Portsmouth, Ohio, 2017

Black and White, Artists of Rubber City Annual Juried Exhibition, Box Gallery, Summit ArtSpace, Akron, Ohio,  Jurors: Pita Brooks, Associate Director of Admissions at Cleveland Institute of Art and Kristin Rogers, Art Education and Communications Manager at Progressive Insurance Corporate Art Department. 2017

Continuity:  Recent works by Myers School of Art Emeritus Faculty, Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH, 2016

All Ohio Contemporary Ceramics, Yan Sun Art Museum, Zanesville, OH 2016

Galactic Pleasures, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA 2016

FUSION: The Merging of Art & Science, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH, 2016

2016 National Juried Art Exhibition, Art+Science, Indiana University East Art Gallery, Richmond, Indiana, 2016

Microcosmos  Gallery 621, 309  St. Benicia, CA 94510, 2015                                                                       

Installation: Cloud, Kokoon Gallery, Cleveland, Spring 2015.

Miniatures, River Gallery, Rocky River, OH, Sept. 2015

Historic and Contemporary Women Artists, Kokoon Arts Gallery, 2015

Pairings:  Collaborative Works, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA,  Oct. 2015

Ceramics Invitational 2015, River Gallery, Rocky River, Feb. 2015

A Home for Joe, Baldwin Wallace, 2014, Berea, Ohio, 2014

Not the Usual Suspects, Director’s Choice, Lakeland Community College, 2014

Bioforms + Metacosms:   Sculpture Exhibition, Harris Stanton Gallery, Akron, OH, spring 2014

Earth Moves:  shifts in Ceramic Art and Design, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada Colorado, September, 2013

All-Ohio Ceramic Invitational, Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Sept. 2013

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, 2013

Synapse:  Art and Science, ActionLink Headquarters, Akron, OH, summer, 2012

Groundwater:  Out of Site/Sight Out of Mind, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, 2011

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, traveling exhibition, 2011

The Altered Book Project, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH 2011

New Worlds, Places and Form:  Kent-Stark College, 2011

Protégé, Mentors and Peers, Pentagon Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009.

The Feminine Spirit:  Ceramics of Angelica Pozo and Donna Webb, Crandall Gallery, Mount Union College, 2009.

Ceramic Evolution, Penn Armory,Pittsburg,PA 2008.

Camera to Canvas,Summit Art Space,Akron,OH, 2008

From the Kiln, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 2007.1st place.

Red Heat, Alexandre Hogue Gallery,University ofTulsa,TulsaOK 2007

Art on the Wall and Off the Pedestal,SculptureCenter,Cleveland,OH, 2007.

Fresh Art,Summit Art Space,Akron,OH 2006, 2007 and 2008.

ThirdClevelandBiennial Exhibition,ClevelandStateUniversity, 2005.

Man and Beast, Emily Davis Gallery, MyersSchool ofArt,University ofAkron, 2005.

Art Follows Industry,OhioBuilding,Akron,OH, September, 2002 – September 2003.

Fourth Man in the Fire, Storefront installation, NCECA conference,Columbus,OH, l999.

Lighten Up, The Ohio Craft Museum,Columbus,OH, l999.

Mythic Place,Kent-Stark Campus Gallery,Ravenna,OH, Feb, l999.

Mythic Place, Installation, Myers School of Art, University of Akron, Akron, OH,  l998.

Ceramic Invitational, Canton Institute of Art,Canton,OH, January l998.

Articles of Faith, Southern Ohio Museum,Portsmouth,OH, October, l997.

Ceramic Invitational, Art at the Power House,Cleveland,OH, l997.

3-D X 10, Dorothy Uber Gallery, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH, l996.

Contemporary Ohio Ceramics,OhioCraftMuseum,Columbus,OH, l994.

Works of Art About Courage, Art at the Powerhouse,Cleveland,OH, l994.

Vessel, Quilt, Table,WrightStateUniversityArtGallery,Dayton,OH, l993

The University of Akron Faculty Traveling china Exhibition, Guongzhou Art Institute, Central Academy of Arts and Design, Geijing, Hangzou Zhejiang Academy,  1993.

West Virginia University, Ceramic Invitational, West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts Gallery, l993.

Mid States Craft Exhibition,EvansvilleMuseum, l993.

Dish Art, William Busta Gallery, l993.

Out of Clay, Clara Kott Von Storch Gallery,Dexter,MI, l992.

Architectonics, Performing Arts Center,Fort Wayne,IN, l992.

Group See Collaboration, Union Image Gallery,Akron,OH, l992.

Donna Webb Ceramics,Mayhew Gallery,OhioWesleyan University, March l992.

Donna Webb:  CERAMICS l989 – 1991, William Busta Gallery,Cleveland,OH, 1991.

Figurative Clay, Georgia State University Gallery,Atlanta,GA, l991.

Best of l991,CulturalArtsCenter,Columbus,OH, l991.  Redefining Clay, Hunt Gallery,WebsterUniversity,Webster Groves,MO, l991.

May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art,Cleveland,OH, l990.

Best of l990, (Award for Excellence),ColumbusCulturalArtsCenter,Columbus,OH.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Canton Art Institute,Canton,OH, l990.

Rediscover Ohio Clay Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company,Cincinnati,OH, l990.  American Ceramics Now, Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham, AL, l989.

Introspective/Retrospective,OhioArts Council, Gund Gallery,Columbus,OH, 1989.

Functional Ceramics Invitational,WayneCenterfor the Arts,Wooster,OH, l989.

Third National Ceramic Invitational, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH, l989.
American Ceramics Now:  The 27th Ceramic National Exhibition,DeCordovaMuseum,Lincoln,MA, l989.

SOCIAL PRACTICE

Camping Day

Tents, fire pit, cookout, water quality testing, water color, environmental art, animal exhibit.  Fire Safety lecture with the Akron Fire Department.  Participants:  35 children and 10 staff Cascade Village.  July 18, 2012, 9am-5pm

Cascade Village Goes to the Zoo

Trip to the Cleveland Zoo to work on Cascade Village Goes to the Zoo, commissioned by the Community Life Office at Cascade Village.  A day of drawing at the Cleveland Zoo for young residents at Cascade Village  to create a book as well as an exhibition of the drawings at Cascade Village.  Participants, 30 children.  Wed July 25 10-5pm

Cascade Village Memorial/Community Garden

Collaboration with Akron Urban Gardeners; weeding and picking herbs, vegetables and flowers, plein air painting , installation of vegetables and flowers along with watercolors done by resident children, garden Clean-up,  weeding and planting  August 2012- May 2013

New Jim Crow Reading Group/Community Action

Reading, discussion, planning, Michelle Alexander lecture, E.J. Thomas. Participants 12 neighbors and residents of Cascade Village.   Jan 3, Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7. 2013

Planning and participation in Social Justice Bus Tour Action Day at Buchtel CLC, Akron, OH.,  Participants approx. 100 citizens.  Sun April 28.   Participation in the Social Justice Bus Tour traveling to seven Ohio cities supporting actions for Ohio returning citizens, victims of foreclosure, and bringing attention to the school to prison pipeline.  Participants 21 from Akron and approx. 200 from Cleveland, Youngstown, Canton, Newark, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus.  Sun April 28-Th May 2. 2012

Double Map of Cascade Village

One map made from a blimp image in 1952 when the site was Elizabeth Park, the other from a satellite in 2007 when the site was the newly built Cascade Village.   Maps scaled and printed by Dr. Linda Barrett, professor of geography at the University of Akron.  Maps on exhibit at Cascade Village enable residents to see and compare and tell stories about the changes in their neighborhood in the last 60 years. Participant’s from the Midrise residence at Cascade Village. September 2012-May 2013.

Little Cuyahoga at Cascade Village

Hike to Combined Sewer Overflow site on the Little Cuyahoga with Pat Gsellman, environmental engineer, City of Akron.  RiverDay at Cascade Village in collaboration with Friends of the Crooked River, Saturday May 18, 2013.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Faculty Improvement Leave 2012-2013 to work on Cascade Village Public Art Project.

OhioArts Council, Arts Innovation Grant, with Matt Kolodziej, 2008.

Arts Alive!:  Outstanding Arts Educator, 2007

Faculty Research Grants 2011, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1995, 1988, 1986.

Emerging Artist Talent Panel, National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, l990.

Individual Artists Fellowship,OhioArts Council, 1987.

PUBLISHED IMAGES

The Akron Story Circle Project: Rethinking Race in Classroom and Community, by Carolyn Behrman, Bill Lyons, Patricia Hill, James Slowiak, Donna Webb, and Amy Shriver Dreussi. Akron: University of Akron Press, 2017.

“Out of Sight/Out of Mind:   Observing what lies Beneath the Surface”.     Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts:  Scientific Data Through  Graphics.  Ahna Ursyn, IGI Global, Hershey , PA. 2012. ISBIO-12:978-1466609425

500 Tiles. Angelica Pozo, Lark Books, 2007.

Terracotta and the London Natural History Museum, Ceramics Technical  No. 22.,2006.

Mosaic Art & Style:  Designs for Living Environments,JoAnn Locktov, 4 images, 2005.

The Art of Mosaic Design, A Collection of Contemporary Artists,  JoAnn Locktov, 1998.

The Penland Book of Ceramics, The Master Book of Techniques, edited by Deborah Morgenthal, 2002.