Donna Festa

Festa is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned a four-year certificate in painting, the University of the Arts, also in Philadelphia, where she received a BFA in painting with teacher certification, and the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut, where she received an MFA in painting.

Donna Festa has work in both public and private collections including the State Museum of Pennsylvania. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Italy, and the UK. Her work has been published in the special edition book Always Home, 7 x 17: An Art Publication, Issue 1, June 2016, Agave Magazine, vol.3 Issue 2, 2016, Fresh Paint Magazine, February 2016, Quantum Art Review, January 2016, Artvoices Magazine, 7th Anniversary Issue, 2014, Expose Art Magazine, December 2014, Lunch Ticket, Winter/Spring2015, Cleaver Magazine, December, 2013, Fresh Paint Magazine, October, 2013, INPA, vol. 1, 2011, INPA, vol. 2, 2012, and New American Paintings, Mid-Atlantic Region vol. 51, 2004.

Her studio is in her home in Bangor, Maine.


We all have them. Those heavy burdens that we carry with us making our shoulders droop. We push them down, far away from the surface. Bury them with food, drink, pills. Meanwhile, they make our hips wider, our hair grayer, our worry lines deeper. But we manage. Just manage.