Donna Conlon lives and works in Panama City, Panama. In 1991 she received a Masters degree in biology from the University of Kansas (USA) and in 2002 earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rinehart School of Sculpture (Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore). In 2002 she also did a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Conlon participated in the 51st Venice Bienniale in 2005, in the Arsenale exhibition Always a Little Further, curated by Rosa Martínez, as well as in the exhibition of the Italo-Latin American Institute, Warp and Weft, curated by Irma Arestizábal. She has also shown her work at the Museo de la Ciudad, Cuernavaca, Mexico (2013); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California (2011); El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (2011); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2008); The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, Czech Republic (2008); Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007); the 3rd Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, (2007); and Centraal Museum, Utrect, Netherlands (2006). In 2007 she received a grant for emerging Latin American artists from Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Her work is in recognized collections such as the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Art Foundation (Miami) and Daros Latinamerica (Zurich).
Since 2006 Conlon has made many videos in collaboration with Jonathan Harker. Conlon and Harker have exhibited their collaborations widely, in solo shows at Diablo Rosso Gallery, Panama (2014); Des Pacio, San José, Costa Rica (2014); Espacio Mínimo Gallery, Madrid (2014); Fridman Gallery, New York, NY (2014); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (2014); El Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (NuMu), Guatemala (2014); Centro Cultural Los del Patio, Panama (2011); TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica (2009); Samson Projects, Boston (2007); as well as group shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2014); El Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica (2014); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain(2013); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (2013); Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2012); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2012); Palais du Tokyo, Paris (2009); and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2007). They have also participated in the 43 Salón (Inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia (2013); the 8th Mercosur Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil, (2011); Pontevedra Biennale, Spain (2010) and the 10th Havana Biennale (2009).
In 2010 Conlon and Harker were awarded a Harpo Foundation grant to develop new collaborative work to be exhibited at Teor/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. Their collaborations are included in several public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Tate Modern, London; Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris/San Francisco; and the Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela.
Donna Conlon is represented by Diablo Rosso in Panamá.