PRESS KIT – Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts

Exhibition dates:

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont
June 22 – September 23, 2019

Castleton University Bank Gallery
Rutland, Vermont
October 13 – January 4, 2020

Catamount Arts
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
February 5 – April 3, 2020

Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont
June 19 – August 22, 2020

Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn
Burlington, Vermont
August 29 – November 21, 2020

Press release(s):

Six new exhibits open at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on June 22 (6/7/19)
BMAC launches Vermont tour of photographs by Dona Ann McAdams (6/19/19)
Photographer Dona Ann McAdams gives free talk at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (7/1/19)
Performance artist Karen Finley brings provocative new show to Vermont, Aug. 2 (7/15/19)
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center offers guided tour with exhibiting artist and curator, Aug. 13 (8/5/19)
Author talk at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center explores history of queer liberation (8/22/19)
Six Vermont artist-farmers speak at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Sept. 12 (8/28/19)
BMAC, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, Out in the Open survey 40 years of queer activism in VT (9/5/19)

Checklist and contact sheet (download)

Images available for download:

Image 1 – Dona Ann McAdams, Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, Miami, Florida, 1980
Image 2 – Dona Ann McAdams, Madrid, 1988
Image 3 – Dona Ann McAdams, Lori E. Seid assists Ethyl Eichelberger, PS122, NYC, 1987
Image 4 – Dona Ann McAdams, Roger, Tootie holding Kyan, and Leroy, Oklahoma Training Track, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2010

Exhibition text:

Essay by curator John Killacky
Essay by Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer
Artist statement by Dona Ann McAdams
Biography of Dona Ann McAdams

Exhibition catalogue (download)

Related events (subject to change):

June 22, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Opening of Six New Exhibits

July 16, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Dona Ann McAdams

August 2, Friday, 8 p.m.
Karen Finley: Grabbing Pussy / Parts Known

August 13, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Tour: Stories Behind the Photographs

September 7, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Author Talk & Book-Signing: We Are Everywhere

September 12, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Back to the Land Redux: Vermont’s New Generation of Artist-Farmers

September 20, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Four Decades of Queer Activism in Vermont

Key contacts:

Dona Ann McAdams

John Killacky, curator

Danny Lichtenfeld
Director, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
802-257-0124, ext. 108


This exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Molly Davies and the James E. Robinson Foundation. The accompanying catalogue was supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, seeking to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas.

The artist wishes to thank Peggy Fehilly, Karen Finley, Catherine Gray, Amy LeBarron, Yvonne Owens, Fabienne Powell, and Lori E. Seid for their continued support and vision; Sarah Freeman, Katherine French, Anna Marie Gewirtz, Erin Jenkins, John Killacky, Danny Lichtenfeld, Rachel Moore, and Oliver Schemm for their help in bringing this exhibition and publication to fruition.

Very special thanks to Brad Kessler and Larry Connolly.

Selected media coverage:

Angles on the RevolutionGay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (May 2019)
Dona Ann McAdams: Coming into focusRutland Herald (6/15/19)
A Vermonter’s photographic vision of social (6/16/19)
Picturing social justice, one exposure at a time – Brattleboro Reformer (7/13/19)
Photographer Dona Ann McAdams considers her remarkable career Seven Days (9/4/19)

Print collateral:

Exhibit postcard
Gallery brochure

Photo galleries:

6/22/19 Opening of six new exhibits