Joseph McDonnell - Sculptor

Joseph McDonnell is an American sculptor whose work ranges in size from small to monumental in materials that include bronze, granite, steel and glass.  His sense of mass and space produce an inner logic in the forms he creates.  He references ancient civilizations with symbolism dealing with the primordial objects of life:  sun, water, columns, arches.  “My works are personal statements of my faith in man’s profound determination to survive.”

McDonnell received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame and also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and at the Harvard School of Design. He has produced more than 150 major public and private commissions throughout the United States. 

McDonnell received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame and also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, and at the Harvard School of Design. He has produced more than 150 major public and private commissions throughout the United States. 

"Joseph McDonnell is clearly a master of what might be called late modern sculpture

cubist/constructivist complexity and an expressionistic sense of drama.  Their surface richness suggests a painter’s sensibility—but there is much more to them than their stylistic subtlety.  To take a cue from the title of one of his most monumental works, "The Second Gates of Paradise", 2003, they are about faith in the possibility of perfection in an imperfect and unperfectable world.  They are about the second coming of paradise after the apocalypse…The paradox of McDonnell’s sculptures is that they seem to be falling apart and coming together simultaneously."

Donald Kuspit


Harvard University School of Design 

Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence

BFA and MFA, University of Notre Dame

Awards Received

Venice Art Biennale, 2019

Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018

 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, 2017

Mural Competition, Bethesda, MD, 1988 Fountain Competition, Silver Spring, MD, 1985 New England Silvermine Exhibition, New Canaan,            CT, 1976 and 1977

HUD Award, 1972 


Critic and Assistant Editor, ARTWORLD, NY, 1984-1995 


University of Michigan Museum, Dearborn, MI 

Snite Museum, Notre Dame, IN 

Museum of the Permian Basin, Midland, TX 

One Person Exhibitions




























Christian Grevstad, Seattle, WA

 Abmeyer & Wood, Seattle, WA 

 Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert

 Weber Fine Art Gallery, Greenwich, CT

 Modern Masters Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

 Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

 Weber Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

 Weber Fine Arts, Greenwich, CT

 Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA

 Foster/White, Seattle, WA

 Weber Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

 Foster/White, Seattle, WA 

 Nardin Galleries, New York, NY

 Century Association, New York, NY

 Paige Gallery, Dallas, TX

 Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT

 Westlake Gallery, White Plains, NY

 John Wanamaker Fine Arts Gallery,
          Philadelphia, PA

 Flint Art Institute, Flint, MI

McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX

 Galleria Goldoni, Florence, Italy

 Florence Art Gallery, Florence, Italy

 Galleria Pater, Milan, Italy

 Galleria L'88, Rome, Italy, 

Major Collectors

AL Taubman (d), Troy,

MI Judy and Tony Evnin, Greenwich, CT

Bill and Melinda Gates, Seattle, WA

Jack Welch, Fairfield, CT

Sidney Greenberg (d), Philadelphia, PA

Nate Cummings (d), New York, NY

Jon Shirley, Medina, WA

Jerry Chazen, Nyack, NY

Douglas Howe, Seattle, WA

Jerry Dersh, Mohutou, PA

Susan and Jeff Brotman, Medina, WA

Dick and Betty Hedreen, Seattle, WA

Douglas Durst, New York, NY

Trammel Crow (d), Dallas, TX

Richard Mckenzie, Greenwich, CT

Al Clise, Seattle, WA

Ann Pigott Wyckoff, Seattle, WA

Fay and Herman (d) Sarkowsky, Seattle, WA

Kelly Simpson (d), Katonah, NY

Wynton Marsalis, New York, NY

Howard Wright, Seattle, WA

Judy Sheindlin, Greenwich, CT

Selected Exhibitions


Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO



Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 

 St. Charles of New York, New York, NY 




Anne Reid Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 

Sited Projects

Clise 2022 Eighth Ave, Seattle, WA 

Providence Hospital Headquarters, Kent, WA 

Thompson Hotel, Seattle, WA 

Shirley Residence, Medina, WA 

Sidell Residence, Bellvue, WA 

Tom Residence, Medina, WA 

Seattle University, Seattle, WA 

Houston International Airport, Houston, TX 

Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA 

Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT 

City of Williamsburg, PA 

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI 

Parkfield Fire Station, Denver, CO 

Life Sciences Building, Seattle, WA 

Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA 

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 

1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 

Court House Square, White Plains, NY 

733 Third Avenue, New York, NY 

Station Plaza, Trenton, NJ 

General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT 

Community Center, Bethesda, MD 

Office Center at Montebello, Suffern, NY 

IBM, East Fishkill, NY 

1050 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 

Dulles Office Park, Fairfax, VA 

9W Office Building, Fort Lee, NJ 

Fenwick Street Fountain for Montgomery County, 

          Silver Spring, MD 

Tower 1 Office Building, New Brunswick, NJ 

Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 

Flint Ink, Ann Arbor, MI 

IBM, Gaithersberg, MD 

Sheraton Meadowlands, Newark, NJ Westchester

          Center, Houston, TX 

1800 Westloop South, Houston, TX 

Abilene State Bank, Abilene, TX 

One Country Side Place, San Antonio, TX 

Caltex – Las Colinas, Irving, TX 

Bryan Tower, Dallas, TX 

1212 Corporate Drive, Irving, TX 

3 Barker Street, White Plains, NY Tallyrand Building,
           Tarrytown, NY 

Waterway Tower, Las Colinas, Irving, TX 

Plaza Carolina, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Chicago Bank of Commerce, Chicago, IL

Westchester County Courthouse, White Plains, NY 

University of Michigan at Oakland, Oakland, MI 

New Children’s Hospital, Detroit, MI 

First Federal Savings Building, Detroit, MI

Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI 



Weber Fine Arts, Scarsdale, NY

1994 - 2000

Maxwell Davidson, New York, NY 

Andre Emmerich, New York, NY


1989 - 1990

1988- 1990


1985 -










National Academy of Design, NY

DeGraff Gallery, Chicago, IL

Images Gallery, Norwalk, CT

Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Kouros Gallery, NY

Reece Gallery, NY

Campanile Gallery, Dallas, TX

Sculptors Guild, Lever House, NY

Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame

Gallery at Hasting-on-Hudson, New York, NY

Audobon Artists Annual Show, NY



Katonah Gallery Member Show, NY

New England Silvermine Exhibitions 

        New Canaan, CT (awards) 

Yonkers Art Association Member Show NY

Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Barney Weinger Gallery, New York, NY 

Arwin Galleries, Detroit, MI 

Gillman Galleries, Chicago, IL 

Detroit Artist Market, MI 

The Contemporaries Gallery, New York, NY 


Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

Mosta Mercato Nationale d’Arte, Italy 


USIS American Artists in Florence

Houston Galleries, Houston

Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX 

Florence Art Gallery, Florence, Italy 

Galleria D’Arte “Lo Sprone”, Florence, Italy 

IX, X, and XII Piazza Donatello Exhibition,

        Florence, Italy 

Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI 

Galleria Schneider, Rome, Italy 

Galleria L ’88, Rome and Spoleto, Italy 

Galleria XXII Marzo, Venice, Italy 

Little Gallery, Birmingham, MI 

1993 - 1995


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