06.12.18Exhibit News - EYE ON NATURE, Artists Explore the World of Plants and Animals

I've curated a new exhibit centered around my favorite subject - Nature. I'm joined by Jennifer Deutscher, Maria Giuliani, and Julia Ruth. With a variety of media, we showcase flora and fauna using botanical and natural science methods, where the subjects are rendered to accurately describe the species in an artistic manner. The work is science based.

The opening reception is Sept. 8, 2018 includes an artist panel discussion and guest speaker Stephen Paul DeVillo, author of The Bronx River in History and Folklore, who will highlight the problem of invasive species along the Bronx River. Over the run of the show: workshops for all ages.

The show runs from September 1 - October 27, 2018 at Poe Park Visitor Center 2640 grand concourse, Bronx 10458 accessible by bus, train, metered parking in area.

Sign up for updates, interviews and further news on my blog (link below) in the coming months.

12.01.17The Black Glove - Strindberg Repertory Theater

I'm happy to return to the Strindberg Repertory Theater as projection designer with illustrations for their latest production, The Black Glove, translated by Anne-Charlotte Harvey, directed by Robert Greer. This is one of the few plays August Strindberg wrote for children.
Dec 2 - 16, 2017

11.16.17EXHIBIT NEWS- Call of the Wild

My drawing of a kestrel is one of the animals on exhibit in the muti-media show Call of the Wild at the Anderson Chase gallery, 65 old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge, NY 10526.

On view from November 13- December 29

10.27.172nd Annual Poe Festival and Art Exhibit

Selected work from the exhibit I curated, Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated, will be included in an exhibit at The German Society of Pennsylvania, curated by Beata Spurza. Exhibiting artists:
Nancy Doniger
Dave Kopka
Donna Miskend
Carol Klio Burrell
Anna Rich
Janusz Skowron
Valerie Sokolova
Madeline Sorel
Beata Szpura
Judith Wilde

Work will be on exhibit through 2017.


On view June 3 -July 29, 2017
Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx tel. 718.365.5516 nycparks.gov/parks

JUNE 10 -opening reception

12:00 James Armstrong, playwright Performance Reading of Poe's works
1:30 Michael Patrick Hearn, literary historian in conversation with the curator, Donna Miskend

July 15
poe themed writing workshop with Charlie Vasquez, director, Bronx Writers Workshop, bronxarts.org

July 29
Artists Panel Discussion


Join me Sept. 19th at 2pm for a conversation with Michael Patrick Hearn, children's literary historian and editor of The Victorian Fairy Tale Book.

In association with the exhibit, Fairy Tales, illustrations by members of the Children's Book Illustrators Group, on view at the Brooklyn Central Library through Sept. 25, 2015.

Information Commons Lab, Brooklyn Central Library

and visit conversationswithDonnaMiskend.blogspot.com for an interview with participating artists.

(click on Launch site for a link to their web site)

09.12.15Yonkers Riverfest

Stop by the artist showcase to say hello, Saturday Sept. 12 from noon to 6pm.

Admission is FREE

09.08.15Exhibit News: NATIONAL HEIRLOOM EXPO

I am thrilled to have my work be included once again in the Art of the Heirloom exhibit. National Heirloom Expo. Santa Rosa, CA.
Tuesday, September 8th-Thursday, September 10th:


Join me at the Morgan Library & Museum for their program:
Sunday Storytime in Mr. Morgan's Library for a reading of Alice In Wonderland. Ages 3 - 6 Dates: June 28, August 16, August 23 at 3pm

In association with their exhibit, Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland

click on launch site to view their web site.


I\'ve curated another exhibit, this time on Fairy Tales at the Brooklyn Central Library
on view from June 11 through September, 2015. There are illustrations by 20 artists, including my work. And join me Sept. 19 for a conversation with Michael Patrick Hearn, children\'s literary historian about the history and relevance of fairy tales today.

04.12.15Exhibit News: Beaux Arts Exhibit

Nature work on view at the Beaux Arts Exhibit, Bronxville Women's Club 135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, NY 10708 through April 30, 2015.

04.01.15Exhibit News: Master Storytellers-EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 27!

I've curated a show you don't want to miss. Nineteen artists, including myself, create illustrations based on the classic stories of writers Rudyard Kipling, Kenneth Grahame, Shakespeare, Mother Goose, Hans Christian Andersen and other master storytellers. Guest speaker, Michael Patrick Hearn, children's literary historian. On view through May 30th. Extended through june 27.

Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458

718.365.5516 www.nycgovparks.org

also read an interview with participating artists at my conversations blog

11.23.14Exhbit News

Dickens: A Celebration In Pictures, the bicentennial exhibit I curated and exhibited work in for the Yonkers Riverfront Library travels to Poe Park Visitor Center FEB. 3 - 21, 2015. This show features a selection of work from the original show. Exhibiting members of the Children's Book Illustrators Group (CBIG), guest speakers and workshops. For more information and a schedule of events, call 718.365.5516 or visit http://cbig-nycExhibits.blogspot.com

09.01.14Yonkers Riverfest

Stop by the artist showcase to say hello, Saturday Sept. 6 from noon to 6pm.

Admission is FREE

08.06.14Exhibition news

My work Heirloom Eggplants (see ILLUSTRATION GALLERY) will be on view in Art of the Heirloom exhibition at the National Heirloom Expo in CA September 9 - 11, 2014.

07.16.14Workshop: Beatrix Potter and Botanical Art

Beatrix Potter is most known for her children’s books about Peter Rabbit and other animal stories. How did she create such a believable world in which they live? Through observation of the natural world of their environment. While it can take hours to create a perfect reproduction, in this workshop we’ll take our cue from Beatrix Potter to introduce you to botanical illustration and then use the work to create a spot for a children’s book scene. Come join Donna Miskend as she helps children and adults create these works.

Funding is thanks to Regeneron and Con Ed

July 19th - ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601 tel: 914.428.4220


After a hiatus, new post on the conversations blog.

Participated in the American Booksellers Freedom of Expression Art Auction again.

For information on both and links, view my personal blog.

04.08.14Theater: To Damascus part I

The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre presents TO DAMASCUS part I at the Gene Frankel Theatre runs from April 20 - May 11, 2014 with previews April 18 and 19.

11.26.13American Booksellers Freedom of Expression Art Auction

I've donated an original illustration to the ABFFE art auction in support of freedom of expression in children's books. Did you know that books such as To Kill A Mockingbird are among those titles that have been challenged or banned? Please support this worthy cause. Illustrators throughout the children's book industry have contributed original works or prints. Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2013 visit http://www.ebay.com/usr/abffe to bid.

09.01.13Exhibition News

My illustration, Mexican Sunflowers will be on exhibit in September at the National Heirloom Expo in California. To see the image, view the Illustration Gallery on my web site.

08.28.13New Strindberg Play to Open

The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre presents Mr. Bengt's Wife by August Strindberg at the George Frankel Theatre September 15 through 29.

I illustrated the image, designed the poster and collateral material. To view the poster see the Illustration Gallery on this web site.

08.14.13Mr. Bengt's Wife - August Strindberg Repertory Theatre

New illustration piece for the production of August Strindberg's play Mr. Bengt's Wife. Previews begin Sept. 6, Performances September 8 - September 29, 2013 at the Gene Frankle Theatre.

06.25.13Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures Exhibit: Illustrations by the Children's Book Illustrators Group

Material from this exhibit that I curated in association with The Yonkers Riverfront Library Gallery is now part of the archives at the Dickens Museum in the UK recording events for Dickens' bicentennial. Images from the catalogue, interviews with the artists and guests and general information about the exhibit will be available to the public and scholars.

05.01.13ART AUCTION in support of THE KIDS RIGHT TO READ program

One of my illustrations along with many wonderful children's book illustrators' work will be available for purchase at the auctions in support of The Kids Right To Read Program against censorship of books, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association for Freedom of Expression (ABFFE). A public on-line auction opens May 18 and closes May 24th. Click on Launch Related Site at the right and follow the links on the ABFFE site.

12.21.12Mother Goose Exhibit News

Scroll down to find me on the "on view" gallery page

Mother Goose Re-Imagined
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Public Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

on view December. 6, 2012 – January. 16, 2013

Sunday Jan. 6 begins 1:00pm:
artist panel discussion moderated by Donna Miskend with:
Roberta Rivera, Clare Pernice, Marilyn Papas, H. Ruth Karpes, Lisa Lavoie.
art demo by Roberta Rivera
and readings

for further info and travel info visit: www.cbig-nycExhibits.blogspot.com

07.28.12Dickens Exhibit

Dickens, A Celebration In Pictures
Illustrations by the Children's Book Illustrators Group
August 25 - October 31, 20012
The Art Gallery, 4th floor
Yonkers Riverfront Library

reception Sept. 13th 6-8pm

Dickens Event Days:
Sept. 13 - all day
discussion panel on Dickens moderated by me with guests:
Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist for NYPL and creator of the blog A Fuse #8 Production, Catherine Robson, Assoc. Professor of English at NYU specializing in 19c British literature and culture, Mike J. Quinn, founder and former Exec. Dir. of Friends of Dickens, NY, and excerpts read from an interview I did with Fred Kaplan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center CUNY, biographer. (A full transcript of my interview with Fred Kaplan will be posted on the cbig Exhibits page and my blog.)

Oct. 13th a discussion with James Armstrong, playwright, and author of production adaptations of A Christmas Carol and Dickens Condensed.

For information on the full schedule of events visit cbig's exhibit page.

06.29.12Exhibition News

Charles Dickens, A Celebration in Pictures
Illustrations by the Children's Book Illustrator Group

August 25 - October 31, 2012
Yonkers Riverfront Library
One Larkin Place
Yonkers, NY

I've curated the show and it includes two Day Of Dickens events, Sept. 13 and Oct. 13 with Dickens experts, artist demos and a performance reading by Friends of Dickens.

Opening reception is Sept. 13

Further information on the show will be posted on my blog and on CBIG's exhibit page.

05.03.12NYPL Children's Literary Salon

I am pleased to announce I will be speaking about The Children's Book Illustrator Group along with my CBIG colleagues at The NYPL's Children's Literary Salon hosted by Elizabeth Bird, Youth Materials Collections Specialist

June 3, 2-3pm
NYPL Schwartzman Branch, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor

02.11.12The Morgan Library

I'm pleased and excited to announce I will be a participating judge in The Morgan Library's Book Project for children in March. See my blog for further info.

I've now added the buttons to sign up to follow my blog and receive email updates.

02.11.12Exhibition news

March 4 - 30, 2012
Children's Book Illustration Art Showcase

Featuring Bible art and other children's book illustrations
by members of LICWI and CBIG Illustrators
at Gallery Connect
320 Broadway
Greenlawn Road
Huntington, NY 11743

Opening reception March 4 12:30-2pm
After the reception date please call (631)271- 0272
T-F 11am-5pm and Sunday after services for viewing availability.

Thank you to Debbie Cuneo for organizing the exhibit
Work will also be featured on CBIG's blog (see my links)