April 28, 2016
Artist and Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner (B.S. Des. 1966, MFA 1968), known for her pioneering and multidisciplinary contributions to visual culture, has been recommended to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree at Spring commencement.
Doner is an artist known for the fresh lens she brings to the natural world and its processes. Her best-known work, “A Walk on the Beach” (1995-2010) at Miami International Airport, celebrates her native Florida.
Doner was born in Miami Beach, where she spent her childhood closely observing nature. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Design degree (1966) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (1968) from the College of Architecture and Design, now the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
For five decades, she has conveyed a reverence for the physical and spiritual through her symbolic language, a prescience of today’s growing ecology movement.