Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose career spans five decades. The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, and costume, set design and books. Doner's work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world. She is well known for creating dozens of public art installations throughout the U.S., including the mile long A Walk on the Beach at Miami International Airport, seen by 40,000,000 travelers a year.
Represented by Marlborough Gallery, Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (the Louvre), Victoria and Albert Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Yale Art Gallery and Princeton University Art Museum and many others.
Awards include the Award of Excellence, UN Society of Writers and Artists; Pratt Legends; Artist in Residence, American Academy in Rome; New York State Council of the Arts Grant, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Michigan.
Other books by her, or about her work include Michele Oka Doner: Natural Seduction (Hudson Hills Press, 2003), Workbook (Oka Press, 2004), HumanNature (Charta, 2008), and Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden, with Mitchell Wolfson Jr. (Feierabend 2005, Collins Editions 2007). Shaman’s Hut will be published by ReganArts in 2017.
Nancy Voss is Professor Emeritus and Director of the Marine Invertebrate Museum at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Key Biscayne Florida.
“The Museum is an internationally recognized CITES certified research museum for Atlantic tropical marine invertebrates. The collections, which have few rivals as to number, geographic and vertical ranges of Atlantic tropical species, are of exceptional value as research, teaching, reference and data resources because of their comprehensive nature…attracting the interest of leading specialists from around the world. The Marine Invertebrate Museum plays a valuable and irreplaceable role in ongoing and future research and teaching in these fields. The museum currently collaborates with marine biodiversity projects of Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela, and others worldwide.”
--Excerpted from Professor Voss’ essay found in “Into The Mysterium.”