Todd L. W. Doney, of Gillette, professor of visual arts at County College of Morris (CCM), is one of 10 artists commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) to take part in its 2016 – 17 Art Strings Painted Violin project.
The Art Strings project, which combines the visual and performing arts, raises funds for NJSO’s education and community engagement programs. The project each year commissions select artists in the state to paint violins provided by NJSO.
Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of the 10 works of art created by the New Jersey artists. The transformed violins will be displayed at NJSO concerts and other selected venues throughout New Jersey during the 2016 – 17 season. The drawing will be held on June 26, 2017.
“I was delighted to take on this challenge of doing something I had yet to tackle – painting a violin,” says Doney. “It also is a great source of pride to be part of this fundraiser that supports art awareness in New Jersey.”
A community college graduate, Doney is widely known for his vivid Neo-Impressionistic paintings, many of which feature the Great Swamp as the subject. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibits at the Morris Museum in Morristown, Broadfoot & Broadfoot in New York and Boonton, the Gallery MacEgan in Morristown, the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey City University in Jersey City, Griffin Gallery in Madison and the Brickton Art Gallery in Park Ridge, IL. In 2014, his work also was displayed at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion, and at the Mansion in May at Blairsden estate in Peapack- Gladstone. His works are included in public and private collections worldwide.
Doney earned his Associate in Arts from the American Academy of Arts, his Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State College and his Master of Fine Arts from New Jersey City University.
For information on the Visual Arts Program at CCM, visit http://tinyurl.com/juwecbn
.Photo: Violin painted by Todd L. W. Doney, professor of visual arts at County College of Morris, for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Art Strings fundraiser.