Associate’s degree, Illinois Valley Community College

B.S. Illinois State University.  Studied sculpture under Barry Tinsely and Keith Knoblock

M.F.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Studied sculpture under Jerald Jacquard.  Awarded a Ford Fellowship 1977-197

Don will have a one-man show in January of 2015 at the Peoria Museum of Contemporary Art, showcasing his Monolith Series.


I feel fairly strongly if my sculpture can’t stand on its own as a composition, I feel I failed.

Don can be reached at 815-674-0143.



Newman began making sculpture as a boy, carving ivory and ebony whales for a local scrimshaw shop in Massachusetts where he lived.  He became intrigued with other subjects and materials, made plaster and ceramic portraits of friends and relatives while in high school, and took adult education figure drawing and sculpture classes while in college.  He considered careers in art history, museum administration and architecture.  His passion for making sculpture led him to make that his career.


He taught sculpture, 3-D design and art history at the junior and senior college levels and exhibited in the Philadelphia and New York areas before suspending his art career.  Moving to Chicago in the late 1970’s, he started a full-time job as a health care management consultant in order to raise his two sons as a single parent. he was able to return to actively making sculpture when the boys grew older, and he has maintained a steady production of work that been exhibited regularly at a local Chicago gallery.

His large-scale abstract works in aluminum has been purchased by private clients; exhibited publicly at the Kluczynski Federal Building plaza; he donated a piece to the Wilmette Park District that was installed east of Crawford Ave. on Wilmette Ave in 2010.  This is the third year that he has been chosen for the annual outdoor Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.



Structural Analogs, 2014.  Painted Welded Aluminum

17′ H x 3′ W x 3′ D

Structural Analogs addresses the relationship between human creative design, trunks and limbs in forests and parks, and architectural functions and materials.  The setting in a walkway bordered by tall trees and residences gives emphasis to the skyward rise of the rectangular beams.  The pieces is a symbol of how the frames made possible by technology achieve a similar purpose as those in the neighboring trees and buildings.  It is constructed of painted welded aluminum with a steel plate securing it to the concrete base.  Structural Analogs is part of the annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit from June 2014 to May 2015.  It is located at N. Mohawk and W. Wisconsin Streets.


  • “In the Boardroom,” Gregory Gaymont Studio & Gallery, Chicago (IL), 2008
  • Philadelphia (PA) Art Alliance, 1971
  • Ruth White Gallery, New York (NY), 1970
  • Wrigley Field Centennial, Michigan Ave., Chicago (IL), June-Sept. 2014
  • Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, June 2014-May 2015
  • “Invoking the Absence,” CSI Spring Show, Elks National Memorial and Headquarters
  • Chicago (IL), May-Oct. 2014
  • Art Lakeview 2013, Chicago (IL), Sept. 2013– Oct. 2013
  • “Six to the Third,” The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago (IL), Aug. 2013–Sept. 2013
  • ScuptTour Outdoor Exhibit, Suwanee (GA), May 2013 – April 2015
  • The Samuel B. Barker Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Univ. of AL, Birmingham (AL), 2013–2015 Sculpture Key West (FL), Dec. 2012–March 2013
  • Chicago (IL) Park District / Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Exhibition, Aug. 2012–Aug. 2013 Chicago (IL) Sculpture Exhibit, June 2012–June 2013
  • Chicago (IL) Art Lakeview, Chicago (IL), 2011, 2012
  • Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago (IL), June 2011–June 2012
  • Highland Park (IL) Art Walk, 2010
  • “An Enigmatic Approach,” Gregory Gaymont Studio & Gallery, Chicago (IL), 2005
  • “Five into Figures,” Riverwalk Gallery, Naperville (IL), 1989
  • Sculpture, Painting, Photography Group Exhibition, One Mag Mile, Chicago (IL), 1987
  • Chicago Sculptors, Kluczynski Federal Building Plaza, Chicago (IL), 1978
  • Wilmette Park District, IL
  • Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland Institute of Art, OH


  • Harvard University, BA
  • University of Pennsylvania, BFA, MFA (sculpture)
  • University of Chicago, MBA


  • Bucks County Community College, Newton, PA
  • Cleveland Institute of Art, OH
  • Harcum Junior College, Bryn Mawr, PA


Simone Muench is a poet and the daughter of hippie parents who named her after Nina Simone (who in turn named herself after Simone Signoret). She grew up under the influence of Universal Horror films, Boone’s Farm, Southern Baptist sermons, and country roads.  She is the recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and the Fall 2012 Black Lawrence Chapbook Award for Trace. Other honors include the Bright Lights/Big Verse PSA Award, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, 2013 and 2015 Lewis Faculty Scholar Awards, and residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Artsmith, and Yaddo.


She is the author of five full-length poetry collections: The Air Lost in Breathing (Helicon Nine, 2000), winner of the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry; Lampblack & Ash (Sarabande, 2005), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry and and an Editor’s Choice at The New York Times Book Review; Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010); Disappearing Address, co-written with Philip Jenks (BlazeVOX, 2010), and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014).

Praise for Muench’s work:

“Simone Muench has stitched together a new creature out of scraps and vital organs she gathered in the boneyard.  It lives.  It leaps. It bounds.  It’s at your window tonight.  Too late for you, sweetheart.” – Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket

“How easily one becomes enraptured by Muench’s new collection, given its surprising collisions of images, gorgeous lucidity, and the linguistic fecundity of each vital line. . . . So ingeniously, seamlessly, and provocatively does Muench arrange her selections, her potent patterns and imaginative juxtapositions retain the beauty and power of the original language while coalescing, alchemically, in original poems of haunting reverie, raw hunger, and struck wonder.” – Booklist

“I love it when this happens – when a poem matches my internal impression of a moment – but also enlarges that moment to panorama, and deepens it, too, like drilling into a dark cavity and striking some bright, inpenetrable gold.” – Julie Marie Wade, The Rumpus

Muench received her BA and MA from the University of Colorado at Bolder and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Now at Lewis University, she is Professor of English and Director of the Creative and Professional Writing Program, in addition to servicing as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review.  Before making her home in Chicago, she lived in some of Louisiana’s smallest towns (Iota and Benson), the Ozark Mountains, the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast of Australia.  And though she now prefers Prosecco to Boone’s Farm, she remains a life long horror film fan.

Currently, she collaborates with Dean Rader, co-writing a book of sonnets (referred to as the “Frankenstein Sonnets”), some of which appear in The American Poetry Review, New American Writings, Zyzzyva, Blackbird, and POOL.