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Donald Cronkhite
Donald Cronkhite

EDUCATION
Wayne State University, BFA, 1994.
SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018 - Henry Ford College, Sisson Gallery, "Chasing the Light," Dearborn, MI.
2016 - Level One Bank Community Art Gallery, "Cloudscapes; Exploring the Dramatic," Ferndale, MI.
2016 - Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), "Cloudscapes: Shirley Parish & Donald Cronkhite," Detroit, MI.
2012 - Gruen Galleries, "Clouds: Oils on Linen," Chicago, IL.
2011 - Biddle Gallery, "Before the Storm," Wyandotte, MI.
2007 - Gruen Galleries, "A Series of Studies," Chicago, IL.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 - Scarab Club, “Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition,” Detroit, MI.
2019 - Northville Art House, “Annual Members Exhibition,” Northville, MI.
2018 - Midland Center for the Arts, "57th Greater Michigan Art Exhibition," Midland, MI.
2018 - Black Box Gallery, "Crossing Perspective," Dearborn, MI.
2018 - Detroit Artists Market, "Art for the Holidays, 2018 Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2018 - Midland Center for the Arts, "ArtPrize--The Michigan Connection," Midland, MI.
2018 - Scarab Club, "Plein Air Challenge," Detroit, MI.
2018 - Anton Art Center, "Motherhood," Macomb, MI.
2018 - Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center, "Michigan Fine Arts Competition," Birmingham, MI.
2018 - Detroit Artists Market, "Biennial All-Media Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2018 - The ArtPrize Hub, "Collectors Show Biannual Fine Arts Exhibition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2018 - Northville Art House, "Annual Members Exhibition," Northville, MI.
2018 - Anton Art Center, "Michigan Annual 45th Art Competition & Exhibition," Macomb, MI.
2017 - Crooked Tree Arts Center, "Juried Fine Arts Exhibition," Petoskey, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "104th Gold Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2017 - Muskegon Museum of Art, "89th Annual Regional All-Michigan Exhibition," Muskegon, MI.
2017 - Midland Center for the Arts, "56th Annual Greater Michigan Arts Exhibition," Midland, MI.
2017 - Women’s City Club, "ArtPrize: International Art Competition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2017 - The Venue Tower, "Collectors Show Biannual Fine Arts Exhibition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "Plein Air Challenge," Detroit, MI.
2017 - Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center, "Michigan Fine Arts Competition," Birmingham, MI.
2017 - Ann Arbor Arts Center, "REMIX: Statewide Art Competition," Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 - Hatch Art, "Hatch Back 11 Annual Exhibition," Hamtramck, MI.
2017 - Downriver Council for the Arts, "Secret Handshake: Wayne State University Collective," Wyandotte, MI.
2017 - Mercedes Benz Research & Development NA, "Experiencing Perspectives in Art," Ferndale, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "Silver Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2016 - Scarab Club, "103rd Gold Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2016 - DeVos Place Convention Center, "ArtPrize International Art Competition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2016 - Muskegon Museum of Art, "88th Annual Regional All-Michigan Exhibition," Muskegon, MI.
2013 - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, "ArtPrize International Art Competition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2012 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2010 - Lafontsee Galleries, "ArtPrize International Art Competition," Grand Rapids, MI.
2009 - Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, "Salon International," San Antonio, TX.
2009 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2007 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2006 - Montserrat Gallery, "Salon Exhibition," New York, NY.
2005 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.

I began my painting career after spending several summers exploring the galleries and museums of Europe. There I was inspired by 17th-century Dutch landscape painting and 19th-century French avantgarde works. In 1994 I received a BFA from Wayne State University. Since 2005 I've exhibited my works at Gruen Galleries in Chicago's River North Gallery District, and since early 2016 in galleries and shows
around Michigan. Several of my works have made it into private and public art collections, including Art House in historic Brush Park, where Michael Farrell displays his large collection of works; private homes; and the art collections of Henry Ford College and Wayne State University.

Artist Statement:

The Romantics sought to seize each moment and explode it to its epic potential. In the same way I have tried to use my painting to capture cloudscapes when they've reached their peak volume--the immediate prelude to the violence and release of storms, with all the emotion that lies therein. At the same time, I have tried to convey that sense of tension and expectation using colors, contrasts, and
forms associated with realism and at a size and scale that brings the viewer into the storm, looking at it so closely that it becomes abstract and Expressionistic, directing the eyes to the exaggerated shapes and vibrant, saturated hues. In fact, the larger-than-life size of the paintings is a vital element of my purpose, which is to fill viewers' peripheral vision and envelop them in the movement and kinetic energy of a storm. The effect is both Romantic and hyper-realistic, ephemeral and concrete.
When I tell people that I paint clouds, I'm aware that this is a simplification. The path that got me here is more complex, of course, beginning with visits to the DIA's Dutch collection, particularly van Ruisdael's The Jewish Cemetery, in which the sky plays a central role in setting the mood of the painting. Monet, in his Lily Pond series, depicts the sky and clouds reflected in the water, opening up the paintings to the natural world beyond the immediate scene. Later, when German Expressionism placed viewers directly inside the scene with an almost myopically close view, color and shape became paramount because artists were trying to convey the intense emotions they had experienced and wanted viewers to feel the
same emotions just as strongly. While German Expressionist works are simpler and painted more quickly than more carefully constructed works like mine, I share their desire to capture the excitement and drama of experiencing moments in nature. These are the movements that led me to create my cloud series, and they remain my strongest inspirations for future works.
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