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.
In 2003 Conlon was awarded the Residency Prize at the Caribbean Biennial (Dominican Republic) and also received Second Prize in the First Central American Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) in Costa Rica. In 2004 she received First Prize at the IV Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus.
Conlon participated in the 51st Venice Bienniale in 2005, in the 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.
In 2007 she received a grant for emerging Latin American artists from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and the same year was invited to participate in the 3rd Auckland Triennial. In 2008 she participated for the second time in the Panama Biennial of Art and in 2009 she participated in the 10th Havana Bienal. In 2010 she participated in the Bienal de Pontevedra (Spain) and, with Jonathan Harker, was awarded a Harpo Foundation grant to develop new collaborative work be exhibited at Teor/éTica in San José, Costa Rica.
In 2011 she participated in the 8th Mercosul Biennial (Brazil).