Donna Bruton passes away

Donna Maria Bruton (Professor, Painting) passed away on September 9, 2012 : she had battled cancer for the past two years. She was born in Milwaukee in 1954 and was raised in that city and Detroit. Donna received her BFA in Graphic Design from Michigan State University in 1976 and her MFA from Yale University in 1991. She joined the faculty of RISD in 1992 after teaching stints at the University of Texas, Austin and Yale University. Donna served as Department Head of Painting 2001-03 and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies from 2003-05. Donna’s work was exhibited in group exhibitions across the country and in Korea and in 15 solo exhibitions, the most recent of which took place in 2011 at the Cade Tompkins Project.  Click here to read curators Mary Bergstein and Maureen O’Brien’s statement for that show. In the artist statement she submitted to RISD in 1991 she  wrote “Rising above the human condition has truly been a journey from sense to soul. A pilgrimage to a holy or secret place of refuge. My body of work is a reflection of my ongoing search for truth and the poetry of that experience.”  Twenty-one years later this statement rings true of Donna’s work and life. She is survived by her husband, Tim Coutis.

There will be a memorial service in Portsmouth, RI at Connors Funeral Home 55 West Main Rd on October 6th at 2 PM.

Click here to watch the portion of the 2010 Networks documentary that featured Donna.

Donna Bruton, 1996, courtesy RISD archives

Division of Fine Arts, Donna Bruton, Faculty, obituary

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