Donna Barrett is deeply embedded in the Calgary and Alberta art communities. Barrett received her BFA (with Distinction) in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1995. Since 1993, she has apprenticed, volunteered and exhibited while concurrently working as an arts administrator. Demonstrating high standards of ethical conduct ,combined with her ability to innovate, have lead to success when faced with major governance and financial challenges within several of the organizations she has worked. Barrett has been publicly credited with reversing the financial difficulties experienced by two Alberta public galleries.
From 2008 to 2011, Barrett’s significant experience with not-for-profit governance was utilized by the Alberta Government’s Board Development Program, assisting other Alberta not-for-profit organizations with best practices, policy development and financial management.
Barrett’s public billboard project, Prevailing Past, was listed as one of Calgary’s top 12 art exhibitions of 2008 by Calgary Herald Art Critic, Nancy Tousley. Previous to this project, Barrett completed her first billboard project in Saskatoon as part of her 2006 MFA graduation. Most recently, her photomural, The Despair Wallpaper, was exhibited in the 2013 Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta. In 2014, Barrett’s work was included in the Glenbow exhibition, “Made in Calgary: The 2000’s”, curated by Katherine Ylitalo. (Barrett exhibits under her maiden name White.) Barrett’s works can be found in the collections of the Alberta Government, The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and the University of Saskatchewan.