A Glimpse of
Donna Pacinelli's Background

Donna Pacinelli Corrigan has been restoring historic and abandoned properties since 1980. Donna studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she met her husband, artist Dennis Corrigan. On their first date, Dennis asked Donna if she would like to drive around and look at old houses. It was the beginning of a kinship that has lasted almost thirty years, and still counting.

Dennis and Donna worked together on three of their own residences, while pursuing separate art careers. Donna was illustrating books and periodicals for such publishers as Hearst Publishing in New York City, and Philadelphia Magazine, while part time teaching at Joe Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic Art in Dover NJ, and Marywood University in Scranton PA. After ten years of balancing these multiple interests, she decided to resign from teaching and illustrating, and concentrate all of her energy to saving buildings.

To date, Donna has restored eight jointly-owned properties, and has acted as a consultant on over fifty others in NY, NJ, and PA.
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Donna Pacinelli
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Pacinelli: Heidi & Grandfather
Though my artwork has roots in realism, I am most interested in abstract principles of color and design, as well as the expressive nature of image making.

As I work with media (often dictated by the subject matter), I search for symbolic images hidden in natural and inanimate forms. My hope is that the finished pieces transcend mere objectivity, and embody my conscious, as well as subliminal intentions."
Pacinelli: Heidi & Goat
Heidi at Window
Heidi & Goat
Guardian Angels
Peter & Cluseau
Heidi & Clara
EDUCATION

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA;  BFA Painting 1978
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Courses in Painting & Sculpture 1976

EXHIBITIONS

Corrigan Gallery On-Line: Featured Works 1997-Present
Panache Art Gallery, PA: Regional Artists Exhibition 1998-99
Everhardt Museum, PA: Regional Juried Exhibition 1994
Takasaki Art Center, JAPAN: Strength in Diversity Exhibit 1994
Philadelphia Civic Center, PA: International Sculpture Conference & Exhibition 1992
The Esseff Foundation for the Arts, MD: Benefit Exhibition 1992
Hanover Bank, PA: Humor & Romance, Artwork of Dennis & Donna Corrigan 1992
Wayne County Library, PA: Fine Art of Illustration 1992
M. J. Grumm Gallery, PA: Opening Exhibition 1991
Thomson Gallery, PA, Humor & Romance, Artwork of Dennis & Donna Corrigan 1989
Nature's Path; Elements of Twentieth Century Art 1989
Kings College, PA: Humor & Romance, Artwork of Dennis & Donna Corrigan 1989
Governor's Mansion, PA: The Image Makers 1988
Philadelphia Art Directors Club, PA: Annual Exhibition 1984

AWARDS

1995 Emerging Artist of the Year: Liquitex Paint International Competition
1995 Historic Preservation Construction Award, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
1993 Preservation Award: Wayne County Historical Society
National Register Status - Wilmot Mansion: National Park Service
Commercial Preservation Award 1989: Upper Delaware Heritage Alliance
1985, 84 Certificates of Distinction: Art Direction Magazine
1984 Honorable Mention: Philadelphia Art Directors Club

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Binney & Smith Corporation
Hearst Publishing
The Esseff Foundation for the Arts
Grand Rapids Public Library
Hawley Public Library
Dream Records
Private Collections

COMMISSIONED ILLUSTRATIONS

Avon Books, NYC
David R. Godine, MA
Walker Books, NYC
Philadelphia Magazine
Unicorn Publishing, NJ
Lippincott Publishers, PA
Intermedica Inc., PA
Intermed Communications Inc., PA
Educational Communications Inc., PA

PUBLICATIONS

"The Village Witch, The Forgotten Works of Pearl Blauvelt",
Raw Vision Magazine #39 – Summer 2002

Professional Presentation, "The Business of Art"
Harcourt Brace Publishers, Instructional Textbooks

"Greek Revival Architecture", Hawley Preservation Newsletter

"Get a Feel for Fabric", feature article The Artists Magazine, December 1997
Lactose Free Cookbook and Guide to Dairy Free Living, Corrigan Books 1997
Heidi, Johanna Spyri, Illustrated by Donna Pacinelli,
Publisher: Unicorn Pub House, Morris Plains, NJ, 1986

LECTURES

Restoring the Wilmot Mansion
Hawley Rotary 1994, Corrigan Gallery 1993,
American Association of University Women 1993,
Wayne County Historical Society 1993, Hancock Rotary 1993
The Creative Process
American Association of University Women 1992
The Business of Art


ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Historic Architectural Restoration - six residences in Pennsylvania
Historic Restoration Consultation -
over thirty commercial & residential properties in PA / NY / NJ
Subject Expert, Author - ICS Learning Systems
Pacinelli: Heidi at Window
Pacinelli: Heidi & Clara
Pacinelli: Guardian Angels
Pacinelli: Peter & Cluseau
Pacinelli Gallery 2
Pacinelli Gallery 2
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