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Shona Macdonald is a Scottish artist and academic. She is Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Macdonald was born in Aberdeen. She received a BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and an MFA in studio art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996.

Academic careerEdit

Macdonald's teaching career began in 1998 at Illinois State University where she was Associate Professor of Art.[1] She started at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006, and since 2018 she has been the Chair of the UMass Department of Art.


Macdonald has been a practicing artist since the mid-1990s. She is best known for her works in drawing and painting. Her interest lies in the metaphorical associations of inversion and reflection, such as states of disorientation.

Macdonald also makes drawings inspired by row coverings and cold frames dotted around the local Western Massachusetts landscape. She uses both small, intimate (5 in. x 9 in.) and large, physical (up to 8 feet wide). Her current (as of 2020) painting series are titled Sky on Ground and Ground Covering, where "ground" is both a noun and a verb: the earth beneath our feet, and the act of anchoring and situating a body in place.

Her work is influenced by many sources including the Kano School, particularly the work of Kano Tanyu, Latvian artist Vija Celmins, and Chicago artist and former professor Julia Fish.

Since 2008, Macdonald has been represented by Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in New Hampshire.

Selected exhibitionsEdit


In May, 2021, she will open a solo show at the Zillman Art Museum at the University of Maine.


Selected reviewsEdit

  • Lindsey Westbrook (Summer 2003), "Review of 'Terrain'", Art News.
  • Jenn Goddu (December 16, 2005), "Review of 'Inscape'", Chicago Tribune (interview with curator Sophia Zutautus from the Chicago Cultural Center).
  • Susan Snodgrass (September 2006), "Review of 'Inscape' and 'Six Years of Drawing'", Art in America.


Macdonald is the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a nominee for a Louis Comfort Tiffany award, and a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council finalist award.[10]

She was the Roswell Artist-in-Residence in 2010–2011.[3]


Macdonald frequently presents her research in public lectures, symposia and panels, including at the College Art Association Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. She has been a visiting artist over fifty times including international venues such as Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand), University of Alberta and University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), and McMaster University (Ontario, Canada).

Personal lifeEdit

Macdonald moved to New England in 2006.[1] She lives and works in Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b c "Shona Macdonald | Department of Art | UMass Amherst".
  2. ^ Luis Martinez (August 24, 2015). "Tarble series features Macdonald art exhibit". Daily Eastern News.
  3. ^ a b "Shona MacDonald". The RAiR Foundation.
  4. ^ "WORKS ON PAPER". Cleve Carney Museum of Art.
  5. ^ "Past Exhibitions". The Art Complex Museum.
  6. ^ "Increment Opening Reception". UIMA.
  7. ^ "Inside/Outside: Will Pergl + Shona Macdonald". Lynden Sculpture Garden.
  8. ^ a b c "U of A artists take Manhattan". Folio. November 16, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Susan Schwalb; Tom Mazzullo (2018). Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781351260343 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Achievements 2010-2011 | Interdisciplinary Studies Institute | UMass Amherst".

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