Donna Byars is a sculptor whose career spans 40 years of work in the fields of site-specific land art, dream-based installations and Goddess-related artworks.
A pioneering feminist, she was one of the Early Members of A.I.R. Her work has been shown in Heresies and is in the permanent collection of the Chicago Art Institute as part of Nancy Spero’s curated collection, also in the Santa Fe Museum’s permanent collection titled Works That Have Lived With Lucy Lippard. Byars’s materials are often found objects: bones, wood, stone, and man-made artifacts, which are transformed and integrated into her collage and assemblage. Because of her affinity for timeworn materials, Lawrence Alloway has referred to her as an “archaeologist of our own culture.” In 1986, after 10 years in A.I.R., Byars left to show outdoor sculpture with Max Hutchinson, an affiliation that continued until his death in 1999. Byars has shown nationally and internationally.