...a unique blend of furniture, lighting, jewelry, and sculpture that is at once whimsical and elegant, lovable and disturbing.
The artist has designed and built her unusual pieces for nightclubs and restaurants, notably RED in Manhattan, Asylum in Beverly Hills, Club Med in the Bahamas, Bertha's in Baltimore, and Thunder Grill, Fogo de Chao, and Perry's in Washington, DC.
Her quirky creations have been acquired by collectors from New York to Los Angeles and as far away as Marseilles and Alberta. Andy Warhol's partner owns her "Fauna Candelabra," and the Frances and Sydney Lewis Collection of Richmond, VA boasts four of her works.
Hollywood has taken an interest in Reinsel's strange aesthetic as well. Her work has appeared in the films "Batman Forever," A Vampire in Brooklyn," and "Super Mario Brothers" (word has it that Dennis Hopper grabbed her Medusa Chandelier from that set).
Reinsel's gallery showings have been prolific, including ModernAge in Soho, Amaranth in TriBeCa, Gallery I/O in New Orleans, the Gallery of Functional Art in Santa Monica, and Joan Robey Gallery in Denver. Her attention-getting designs have often appeared in the spotlight in publications like Metropolis, the New York Times, House and Garden, Southern Accents, the Washington Post, Details, and Interview.
She's located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.
Donna Reinsel Art, 1987 to present
I design and create furniture, lighting fixtures, and jewelry for gallery shows, home shows, and for individual clients on commission.
Please see my and "Portfolio" https://donnareinsel.com/portfolio and
"Shop" https://donnareinsel.com/shop-1pages for examples of my work.
The Art League School, Alexandria, VA. 2010 to present
Instructor for "Metal Sculpture," "Steel Furniture Design and Construction," and related classes. Oxy-acetylene, MIG, and stick welding.
I teach beginner to advanced students to weld and use shop equipment, and assist them in designing and creating projects using steel as a foundation with other materials that work with their individual designs.
Please see my "Classes" page https://donnareinsel.com/classes for course descriptions, student testimonials, and photos. My faculty page on the school website is https://www.theartleague.org/faculty/donna-reinsel/ and the school website is https://www.theartleague.org/
I currently teach jewelry-making and art classes for individuals and groups.
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. 2009 to 2016
Taught "Transformative Therapeutic Art" and "Personal Life Coaching" through STRIVE, a program for students with learning disabilities.
Michaels, Vienna, VA. 2006 to 2009
Taught jewelry-making classes.
Event Coordinator, scheduled instructors, classes, and store events.
Neirmann Weeks, Annapolis, MD. 1988-1990
Welder for furniture design and manufacturing company. TIG and oxy-acetylene.
Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC. 1987-1988
Received a one-year grant award to manage the school sculpture studio.
Architectural Drafting for various firms in the DC area. 1980-1988
Board drafting of plans for commercial and residential projects.
Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture & Furniture Design
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Studied in Master of Architecture program
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Design
Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
Donna Reinsel & RC
Y:Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Donna Reinsel—Recent Works
ModernAge, SoHo, New York, NY
Arnold & Porter Gallery, Washington, DC
Amaranth Gallery, TriBeCa, New York, NY
The Fire Within—Lighted Sculpture by Donna Reinsel
Halcyon Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Then and Now
Uni Gallery, Baltimore, MD
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Gallery of Functional Art
Laguna Design Center
Joan Robey Gallery
Arnold & Porter Gallery
International Sculpture Center
Jones Troyer Lassman Gallery
Market 5 Gallery
Washington Artist’s Museum
Washington Symphony Show House
Art and Architectural Design
ArtScape, Baltimore Festival of the Arts
Maryland Art Place
Semmes Bowen Semmes
Montpelier Arts Center
Strathmore Arts Center
Javier Puig Gallery
Rooms & Gardens
Nashville Decorators Show House
The Art League Gallery
Del Ray Artisans
Arlington Arts Center
Ellipse Arts Center
Virginia Museum for the Arts
House & Garden
Los Angeles Times Magazine
New Orleans Magazine
New York Times
New York Times Magazine
Washington Post Magazine
MOVIES & THEATER
Batman Forever Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey
A Vampire in Brooklyn Eddie Murphy
Super Mario Brothers Dennis Hopper, Bob Hoskins
Man and Superman Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS
Fogo de Chao
The Frances & Sydney Lewis Collection, Richmond, VA
Kelli & Allen Questrom, Greenwich, CT
Michel Benhamou, Marseilles, France
The Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA
Saul & Susan Schwartzbach, Chevy Chase, MD
Kathy Mene, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
DesignSmith, Arlington, VA
Sharon & Marty Bass, Baltimore, MD
Rebecca Collins, Dallas, TX
Joan Robey, Santa Monica, CA
Mildred Caplitz, Denver, CO
Embelezar, Chicago, IL
An American in Paris, Alexandria, VA
Curators' Choice Award
High Note, Del Ray Artisans, Del Ray, VA
Best in Show for Functional Art
Tabletop, the Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Ruth Chenven Foundation Award
New York, NY
Sculpture, Washington, DC
Martha Von Hirsch Memorial Scholarship for Sculpture
Lolo Sarnoff Award for Sculpture