Sense and Sweetness

…Poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life. You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a long one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten good lines. For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences. 

Rainer Maria Rilke 

Biography

Photographer/gardener/diplomat, Donna Oglesby’s photography is influenced by her experiences as a student in Japan and as an American diplomat in cultural landscapes across four continents. Her current photographic project centers upon seeing grace in flowers through both the object focused Western aesthetic and the context oriented Eastern tradition. She finds her subjects at home in her own garden as well as around the world. 

Recent group exhibitions include: InterpretationsFacades and Abstracting The Mundane, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Center juried online exhibitions; Members Art Exhibition, Eckerd College, Academy of Senior Professionals, St. Petersburg FL.; and Porches and Gardens, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Association juried online. 

Oglesby holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington College. She has studied photography in workshops with masters of garden and floral art: Freeman Patterson, Harold Davis, Tony Sweet, Brian Peterson, Charles Needle, Kathleen Clemons and Jackie Kramer. 

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Photographer/gardener/diplomat, Donna Oglesby’s images are grounded in the belief that aesthetics bring forth ethical action; because when we are moved by beauty, love is aroused; when love is aroused there is a desire to protect what is loved. She knows from the sense and sweetness of a whole lifetime working in cultural diplomacy that both aesthetics and emotions are culturally constructed. She seeks through her work to widen the repertoire of ways we can feel and can communicate feelings to others in order to care for the planet we share.

Exhibitions

2019

IGPOTY (International Garden Photographer of the Year) Square Crop 13 Photo Project, Shortlisted 2019.

Color As Emotion, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Center juried online exhibition.

Facades, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Center juried online exhibition. Honorable Mention.

Abstracting The Mundane, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Center juried online exhibition.

Members Art Exhibition, Eckerd College, Academy of Senior Professionals, St. Petersburg, FL .

2018

Members Photographic Arts Exhibition, Eckerd College, Academy of Senior Professionals, St. Petersburg, FL.

2017

Porches and Gardens, Photography Center of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Art Association juried online exhibition.

Bodies of Work

Seeing Grace, floral portraits from a cross cultural perspective.

Rooted in Place, cultural landscapes in translation

Numinous Realities, infrared explorations of our natural world

Education

Columbia University, Masters of International Affairs (East Asia Focus)

Washington College, B.A. in Political Science

East West Center, University of Hawaii ( intensive junior year study of Japanese and Japan with field study in Tokyo.)

Photography Workshops

2019

Inscape with Freeman Paterson in New Brunswick, Canada.

Gardens of Cape Cod with Charles Needle.

Phlorographers Unite with Jackie Kramer in Asheville, N.C.

Cuba Behind the Lens with Tony Sweet

2018

Great Gardens of Maine with Harold Davis.

Hoorn, Holland with Brian Peterson.

Visual Artistry with Tony Sweet in Charleston, S.C.

2017

Capturing The Beauty of Flowers with Kathleen Clemons.

Related Cross-Cultural Experience

Minister Counselor United States Foreign Service (ret.): During a quarter century of diplomatic service, Donna Oglesby represented the United States abroad in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and held senior headquarter positions, including Director of Latin American Affairs and Director of the Presidential Youth Exchange Initiative as well as the ranking career position, Counselor of Agency. She received the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange Award for Outstanding Service, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.

Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College: For twenty years, she devoted her teaching and writing to spanning the boundary between practitioners of statecraft and scholars of the art. Her articles on diplomacy have been published by the United States Institute of Peace, The Foreign Service Journal, The SAIS Review, The Hague Journal On Diplomacy and the University of Southern California’s CPD Perspectives. Her chapter on ‘Diplomatic Language’ appears in The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy (London: SAGE, 2016).

Memberships and Affiliations

Juried Artist Member in Fine Art Photography, Cape Cod Art Association

Artist Member of the Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Griffin Museum of Photography

Ikebana International #65

Public Diplomacy Council

Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl.



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