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Donna Dodson
123 Summer Street
Maynard, MA  01754
(617) 983-2059

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My artwork celebrates the relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.

Galleries and Exhibits

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2020 felt almost apocalyptic, rife with divisive politics, racial unrest and a Pandemic that took over half a million American lives. Yet, on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, history was made when a woman was elected Vice President, ushering in an era of hope as more women rise to take leadership roles in all fields. It is fitting that Wonder Woman celebrates her 80th year as America’s most famous heroine in 2021. The world needs heroines now, and Dodson creates them for this exhibition.

Amazons Among Us installation view at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave through June 6th. Wed-Sun 11a-5p
In her new series of wood sculptures, Dodson re-imagines Albrecht Durer’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” as Amazon warriors. She uses the traditional medium of woodcarving to suggest that these women have always been among us, but that gender misconceptions have prevented us from recognizing them. Drawing inspiration from legendary warrior women such as the ancient Amazons of the steppes, the Dahomey of West Africa and the Rani of Jhansi, Dodson’s amazons portray courage, strength and grit. Dodson chose to collaborate with artists Trina Baker and Kledia Spiro, and poet K. Melchor Quick Hall, because of their commitment to social justice. Dodson, Baker, Hall and Spiro are united in their quests to create a new iconography of female empowerment.

In Dodson’s collaboration with Baker, whose work deals with sexual assault and domestic violence, the artists translate Dodson’s Amazon warrior sculptures into three-dimensional digital characters and create a short animation demonstrating their superhero qualities. To continue this project, Dodson has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in the Visual Arts for the 2021-2022 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In Vienna Austria, Dodson will be an artist in residence at Tricky Women, the world’s only digital animation studio for women, to write the storyboard and script. Watch a snippet of the animation “Alpha Female Embodies Wonder Woman” here.

Spiro feels a deep connection to the fictional character Xena, the Warrior Princess. For this exhibition, she premieres sculptures, photographs, and a two-channel video in honor of Xena. Audience members will have the opportunity to wear Spiro’s interactive sculpture. Spiro wonders whether we can become our own superheroes, particularly as “girls”. Can we unchain women from society’s expectations of mothers, good house wives, eroticized objects, and irrational emotional beings? Watch Kledia’s May 7th performance "I Should Have Stuck to Ballet" with Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe and music by Oly. Join us at the gallery on Friday June 4th @ 8:45p for her next performance "She's a Beast" with Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe and music by Oly.

Four Poems

by K. Melchor Quick Hall

written for mothers, daughters, wives, and lady lovers

especially intersex, trans, masculine, and chosen family

in harmony with animals, plants, natural elements, and wilderness

for girls and women who are/were boyish or manly

who have been made feminine in the face of myopic visions

we need your queer courage and strength

to struggle together in this fight that requires a womanish touch

to disrupt capitalist-driven inequitably uneven apocalypse

and to aim for fertile feral feminist futures

Hall responds to Dodson’s sculptures and themes of super-heroism and able-bodied-ness with several prose poems on display as part of the exhibition. Hall’s poems address the gendered contrasts of strength and weaknesses, youthfulness and aging as well as the protection of self and others in relationships. Read the full text of Hall’s Four Poems here.

This exhibition offers the audience inspiring words and images of women to uplift and inspire the amazons among us who have yet to discover their own superpowers. Many of the virtual and live events were recorded- see below for online access to this content.

Amazons Among Us- Opening Night Artist Talks with Donna Dodson, Trina Baker and Kledia Spiro. Watch a video of this event (recorded May 5th)

Women Warriors: Donna Dodson & Trina Baker in Conversation. A Virtual 3 part lecture series. Made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Women Warriors: A Civic Duty

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury with generous support provided by the Sudbury Cultural Council. Watch video of this event (recorded May 2nd)
Women Warriors and Social Justice
Sponsored by the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton with generous support provided by the Stow Cultural Council and the Acton/Boxborough Cultural Council. Watch video this event (recorded May 8th)
Women Warriors and Artistic Collaboration
Sponsored by Artspace Maynard with generous support provided by the Maynard Cultural Council. Watch video of this event (recorded May 13th)

Amazons Among Us gallery talk by Donna Dodson and Poetry Reading of K. Melchor Quick Hall's "Four Poems." Watch a video of this event (recorded May 15th)

The Future of the Feminist Imagination: A Virtual Conversation with Donna Dodson, Trina Baker, Kledia Spiro and Melchor Hall. Moderated by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Watch video of this event (recorded May 20th)

Read a Boston Globe review of the exhibition here, an Art New England review here, and an Artscope Magazine review here. Join us on Friday June 4th from 5p-9p for a closing reception with myself and Andy Moerlein whose show "wood stone poem" is on view.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the exhibition, sent their comments and feedback, shared the exhibition with friends and written about our shows. We are very grateful for your support!

News from the Myth Makers:

In March, The Myth Makers created a new avian avatar "Flannery's Peacock" inspired by the great American author Flannery O'Connor and loaned existing work "Love Long Last" a pair of cardinals for the exhibit "Wings of Wonder: Towering Works of Nature" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville Georgia. You can read all about this project here. This exhibit is on view through Oct 31st and after that, the three sculptures will be available for loan or purchase. Please be in touch if you are interested.

In April, The Myth Makers installed the "Phoenix Festival" for A New View Camden, a Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in Camden NJ. For this project we created a monumental pair of magical sculptures that are installed on the site of a former city incinerator. They symbolize the renewal and rebirth of the City of Camden by activating empty lots that were formerly used for illegal dumping with public art. You can read about this exciting project here. This exhibit is on view through Oct 31st and after that, these two sculptures will be available for loan or purchase. Please be in touch if you are interested.

In May, The Myth Makers installed two sculptures at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden "Wild Hideaways" exhibit in Boylston Massachusetts. The "Caterpillar Crawl" and the "Butterfly Fairy Frolic" celebrate the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The sculptures invite play and exploration from visitors of all ages while drawing attention to the relationship between milkweed and the survival of this unique creature. Meet the artists on Saturday June 5th from 2p-4p. If you are not a member and need tickets, please let me know. Watch a Behind the Scenes video of this exhibit. These sculptures will be on view through Sept 30th and after that will be available for loan or purchase. Please be in touch if you are interested.

In June, The Myth Makers are building "Night and Day," a magical pair of magpies at the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage Alaska. Join us for an artist talk at the garden on Tuesday June 15th @ 7p, or on Tuesday June 29th @ 10a for the opening reception with a meet and greet with us. For more information visit the Alaska Botanical Garden website,


Wood Stone Poem

Meditations on The Natural by Andy Moerlein
May 5 - June 6, 2021
Featuring:  Guest Artists Mary Graham, JooLee Kang and Wen-hao Tien
@ Boston Sculptors Gallery


Complex (horizontal) 2021 locust on red oak.
wood stone poem presents a grand accumulation of ideas referencing stone appreciation and the cultivation of Bonsai. It will be a series of small objects, some exploratory drawing and paintings, plus some bold installation work. I have invited three artists I admire, Mary Graham, JooLee Kang and Wen-hao Tien, to place works in the gallery, as portals to explore other approaches to these subjects. I have included examples of acclaimed Korean Sijo Poet Kim Min Jeong and photos of her inspiration stones. I have also included several Sijo poems from international submissions in response to my sculptures in the show. As a special event Bonsai Master Practitioner Michael Levin has arranged a week loan (5/5 - 5/9 only) of one of his iconic ancient trees**.
On Wednesday 5/5 at 5 painter Mary Graham and Michael Levin will join me in a short gallery talk promptly at 5 to open the exhibit***.
Please RSVP for entry to this limited audience event.
The Art of Bonsai - Bonsai in Art
This will be a fascinating conversation. Mary Graham and Michael Levin are both Bonsai practitioners. Mary is a painter whose style evokes the Chinese landscape paintings she adores, but often in oil and focused on the authentic topography of NH's White Mountains. Mary has cultivated trees for years and has gradually expanded her enthusiasm to include on her property "a house of their own." Michael is a lifelong Bonsai enthusiast who turned his passion into an iconic business. Bonsai West in Acton MA, covering 10 acres and a half dozen green houses, is a national treasure of Bonsai knowledge and ancient trees, as well as quality starter trees. Michael began his studies during travels to California where he was introduced to Japanese elders who continued their tree cultivation even through the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II 1945-1947. Michael was gifted some of those trees and continues to protect and cherish this heritage. The tree on loan is over 60 years old. ONLY May 5-9.
Both Mary and Michael were invited to join the exhibit with scant understanding of what my work for this show will look like. It will be a thrilling conversation.
Also opening at Boston Sculptors Gallery:
Donna Dodson
Amazons Among Us
Featuring guest artists Trina Baker, Kledia Spiro & poet Melchor Hall
From 5:30 - 7 both Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein and the featured guest artists will conduct personal gallery walks and conversations. Timed entry can be arranged by invitation.
*Reply required to reserve your entry first-served, limited to COVID regulations. 25 max. Masks required, social distance expected.

** Courtesy of Bonsai West, Littleton, MA.

***All Events will be recorded and posted:



The August Ardor blog recently featured an article on Donna Dodson and her sculptures.


Celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month in March 2020 at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center: an exhibition of three Artist Scholars: Donna Dodson, Karin Rosenthal and Vaughn Sills
515 South St., Waltham. Gallery hours, Mon-Fri 9a-5p.

On view 24/7 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, new works in the windows- wood, 3D prints and bronze from March-May 2020.

Coming up in New York City:
Interpreting the Natural, an exhibition curated by Donna Dodson

April 17th-May 16th 2020, Opening reception Friday, April 17th 7pm-9pm
LES Gallery at The Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm,
Interpreting the Natural: Contemporary Visions of Scholars' Rocks will feature recent artwork by eleven award-winning artists: Laura Cannamela, Mark Cooper, Furen Dai, Christopher Frost, JooLee Kang, Woomin Kim, Karen Krieger, Susan Meyer, Andy Moerlein, Laura Moriarty, and Elisa Pritzker alongside traditional stones from the collection of the renowned scholar Kemin Hu. Informed by each artist’s enthusiasm for ancient scholars’ rocks or viewing stones, the exhibition will include sculptures in ceramic, wood, wax, concrete, embroidery and mixed media, in addition to ink and digital drawings, encaustic paintings and stone installations.

News from the Myth Makers:
Coming up at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Georgia... Flannery's Peacock!

Join us for the opening reception and public dedication of our sculpture from 1p-2p on Saturday April 25th, in honor of International Sculpture Day.


Coming up in New Jersey for A New View Camden!
We were selected as one of 8 finalists for a prestigious national competition: the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge in Camden New Jersey. Each artist team is responsible for addressing the problem of illegal dumping, educating the community about solutions and imagining a new vision for the city landscape.
Camden reveals 8 artists selected to bring ‘a new view’ to city
Six Artful Ways Camden Will Transform Prior Illegal Dumping Sites
‘A New View Camden’: $1M Bloomberg Challenge Seeks to Reclaim Urban Dumping Grounds with Public Art
Camden’s new view: Here are 8 new public art projects coming this summer
Who'll give Camden 'A New View'? Artists selected for installations throughout city
Camden wins Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art grant


Join us on Saturday & Sunday September 28th & 29th from 12p-5p for a private Open Studio/ Open House event @ 123 Summer St in Maynard. 

I have re-installed Match of the Matriarchs and recent work from Zodiac at home and in the studio, I have new works in bronze and fiberglass (Mini Seagull Cinderella in progress) while the monumental Tiger Mothers and the original Seagull Cinderella get some touch ups. Andy Moerlein has lots of work inside and out including recent sculptures and prints from his Scholar's Rock series and new birds on branches (ceramic and wood assemblages). Make a day of it in Maynard- stop by Artspace Maynard's Open Studios to see over 80 artists at work and stay for dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants in town.

Visiting Scholar Appointment at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center

I am pleased to announce that on September 1st I began my appointment as a Visiting Scholar at The Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. My research project will investigate the mythic and very real women who were portrayed in Ancient Greek and Roman Art and consider modern and contemporary Amazons in pop culture, such as Wonder Woman.

I was turned onto the idea of the Amazons after reading Madeleine Miller's two novels about Greek Mythology: "Song of Achilles" and "Circe." My preliminary research led me to the MFA and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC collections both of whom have fantastic examples of the legendary warrior women on potterygold ringscrystal beads and more. Two of my primary sources are "Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World" by Adrienne Mayor and "Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature" by Walter Duvall Penrose Jr. This has led to a fruitful correspondence and lively discussion with these two renowned scholars.

I saw the movie "Wonder Woman" when it came out in theaters but only recently discovered "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." I am currently devouring Jill Lepore's book " The Secret History of Wonder Woman." Note, the Addison Gallery of American Art has an upcoming show on the subject of Wonder Woman and Superman in pop culture: "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder" that is not to be missed, October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020.


Monumental Avian Avatars landed in Summit New Jersey on July 9, 2019

Summit Public Art recently unveiled a pair of monumental sculptures created by the Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein as part of the organization’s annual rotation of sculptures around town. The press and public witnessed the installation on Tuesday July 9th at 9:30 am at the Village Green next to the train station. At 5:30pm Common Council President David Naidu made remarks and commemorated the artwork. The community gathered around the artists to hear their remarks at the unveiling and dedication ceremony. The sculptures will be on view for one year. Watch a video preview of the sculptures here and here.


Love Long Last by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein

Northern Cardinals are social creatures. They mate for life and enjoy romantic partnerships. Males feed the females beak to beak throughout their summer courtship.

In folklore Cardinals have great significance. The belief that Cardinals are spiritual messengers exists in many cultures. They are seen as harbingers of good health, renewal, and loving relationships. Whether it is an omen or just a delight, it is evident that sighting a red cardinal makes everyone happy.

These two birds stand independently but share a powerful camaraderie and friendship. They walk past one another, their heads turned and their gazes locked. This public art project symbolizes the power of love and the bond these two creatures share.

“Love Long Last are two spectacular sculptures that will intrigue passersby with their impressive structures and their fascinating story that embody the imaginative and creative culture of Summit New Jersey,” said Marie Cohen and Deb Schwarzman, co-organizers of the project “We are delighted to showcase the Myth Makers, and we are confident these impactful sculptures will be the most popular public art installation in Summit this year.”

Crafted from bamboo, wire ties and found objects, the sculptures stand 15 feet tall, the largest and most monumental art installation that Summit has commissioned in their 17 years of this project.

About the Myth Makers

The collaboration between Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein is born from a mutual love of the wild, taking inspiration from events in the natural world and the mysterious nature of animals. Both artists have presented public work throughout the world at art museums, sculpture parks, and urban centers. Their affection for site specificity and working with local audiences is evident in this new pair of monumental sculptures.

The Myth Makers have completed over 20 monumental public art projects worldwide in the past ten years. Their temporary structures built from natural materials have been exhibited in Keelung Taiwan, Verbier Switzerland, New York City NY, Wausau WI, Easton MD, Muskegon MI, Boston MA, Portland ME, Concord NH, Harrisburg PA, Providence RI, New Orleans LA, Coral Springs FL Kansas City MO and Windsor VT. This is their first public art installation in New Jersey. For more information

About Summit Public Art 

Founded in 2002, Summit Public Art is a volunteer-based city organization whose mission is to bring art to public spaces throughout Summit, infusing the community with assorted contemporary art installations that provide public art experiences to those who live, work in, or visit Summit.

Over the past seventeen years, Summit Public Art has installed over 85 pieces of temporary art throughout the community, The artists represented include many of national and international renown. The committee has also sponsored and facilitated two permanent installations on Broad Street: three bus shelters and the Gateway Tree sculpture welcoming people to town. 

Summit Public Art creates aesthetic experiences that enrich citizens’ quality of life, creating community ties and pride, and strengthen the cultural vibrancy of the city. Although it is a city entity, Summit Public Art receives no funding from the city for installations or operations. It raises money through individual donations, public and private grants and corporate sponsorship. For more information, visit

Also happening in July... The Myth Makers join a Creative Conversation at the Georgia Blue Gallery in Anchorage Alaska... on Sunday July 21st.

A Reception, A Reading,
A Conversation on Creative Practice

Donna Dodson      Andy Morlein

Nancy Lord photo by Irene Owsley

Perry Eaton

Mara Kimmel

We all agree that more conversations need to take place. Join us for this stimulating conversation on the Creative Process with these artists.

Nancy Lord will do a short reading of her writings related to birds, a frequent theme in all three of the artists' work. Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein will present new sculptures. Perry Eaton will be in the gallery as a guest artist, talking about his work and career. Mara Kimmel, Anchorage Museum Deputy Director will moderate.

Creative Process. How does a writer begin with the blank page? How do the artists address a block of wood? What is the process that drives each of these internationally known creators to success in their respective careers? What are the commonalities within each of their inspired paths?

This is a short talk intended for a broad public with an enthusiasm for creative activity, regardless of medium or professional ambition. The artists are each inspired speakers and exceptional practitioners of their craft. After the short reading and informal conversation there will be a reception and the opportunity to speak with each of the artists and the moderator.



The Wanderer


"Its wanderings are more extensive ... and remarkable for a bird whose nature is fitted to endure the utmost rigor of climate." -Elliott Coues 1874

Photo credit: Mike Seat

Due to the lack of lemmings in the arctic tundra, an irruption of Snowy Owls is happening across the country, forcing this mighty winged wanderer to venture south beyond its normal range. The same pioneering spirit led Amelia Earhart to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and to fly coast to coast. Our sculpture is dedicated to her daring spirit. A Kansas City native, American author and aviation pioneer, she once said “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”


The Wanderer, 2019 saplings, recycled and re-purposed mixed media, will be on view indefinitely at the corner of Ward Parkway and Huntington Road in Kansas City Missouri.


The Beacon

In celebration of its 50th season, Heritage Museums & Gardens invited five artists to install outdoor sculptures throughout the museum grounds and gardens for a special exhibition "Human/Nature." Each artwork explores how humans and nature coexist, interact, and overlap. The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, installed their 15-foot tall bamboo sculpture "Beacon."

Beacon is a monumental public art project that is inspired by the Osprey as a tribute to Rachel Carson and her ecological restoration efforts in Cape Cod and beyond. The Myth Makers highlight the Osprey as a survivor and adapter in our rapidly evolving human landscape. Devastated by DDT poisoning, these skilled fish hawks are recovering from the brink of extinction, and are an inspiring example of the role humans can play in restoring balance when we engage the living world around us.

The Beacon will be on view at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts from May through October 2019.


FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM PRESENTS Donna Dodson: Zodiac February 2 – May 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 3, 2:00 – 5:00 pm


Donna Dodson: Zodiac Zodiac presents acclaimed woodworker Donna Dodson’s two sculptural series referencing all 24 animal characters associated with the Lunar or Chinese calendar and the Sun signs of Western astrology. With such charming creatures as a lion, a bull, a ram, a penguin, a beaver, and a falcon, Dodson’s carved wood menagerie is sure to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.


Donna Dodson has been carving images out of wood for nearly 20 years. Her sculptures explore feminine beauty and evoke humor and playfulness but also grace, power, and emotional strength. Her unique vision responds to the relation of animals to the human spirit that have existed since ancient times. Her figures are almost always female and range in size from intimate to larger than life. She has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her artwork. In addition, her monumental works have been exhibited internationally in sculpture parks and art museums.




In 2011, Dodson participated in the Verbier 3D Foundation’s Artist Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps. In 2015, Donna participated in a residency in Cusco Peru at the Escuela de Bellas Artes that culminated in an exhibition at Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha with the Boston Sculptors Gallery. In 2016, she had her first solo museum show of “mermaids” in 2016 at the New Bedford Art Museum. In 2017, Dodson's solo show Zodiac began a national tour.


The following exhibitions are also opening at Fuller Craft Museum on Feb 3rd from 2p-5p:

Felt: Fiber Transformed
Elizabeth Potenza: “Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined”
Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists
Tom Kiefer: El Sueño Americano – The American Dream

Work in the Davistown Museum

Elephant Princess
6" tall
bronze on limestone base
1 of 10 Cast by New England Sculpture Service

Work at the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden:

The Seer
18' tall
The Breakneck Road at Hulls Cove has been a summer rendezvous for Native Americans as long as memory exists. On this very spot, Samuel D. Champlain landed in 1604- the first of a tsunami of European visitors to this fragile ecosystem. Owl has seen the world change and has a message for humankind. Step into the sacred space and listen. If you open your heart, Owl has advice to share.

Work in Other Galleries and Collections

Rhino Man
16" tall
Wood, enamel

Photo from the exhibit, "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" in Boston Sculptor's Gallery

Culture Vulture I
38" tall
wood, paint

saplings & paint
by MythMakers: Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein
The Sentinel is being presented by June LaCombe as part of 'On the Wing', a group exhibition at Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.

Culture Vulture II
40" tall
Wood, paint

Seagull Cinderella
8 ft tall
styrofoam, cement & paint

Asian Elephant
bronze on limestone base

Elephant Princess
bronze on limestone base


Lilac Rhino
bronze on limestone base

Pregnant Kangaroo
bronze on limestone base

Little Red Riding Hood
32" tall
wood, paint
Little Red Riding Hood is anything but little. Her big feet threaten to stomp on any wolves, or predators that would dare to cross her path. Her big shoulders allude to her inner strength.

Red Tail Hawk
41" tall
wood, pigment, enamel
Red Tail Hawk is common presence in our midst. Like a Haida sculpture, or a totem of a school marm, the steely gaze of her watchful eyes mind her charges with protection and good care.

Tiger Mom
22" tall, wood, pigment
Tiger Mom longs to march her children to the beat of the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother yet inside she cannot bring herself to do it. She suffers from a softness of heart and a fragile nature.

Pink Panther
12" tall
pink ivory

Seagull Cinderella
15" tall
wood, paint

Elephant Oracle
8 ft tall
styrofoam & cement


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