Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Professor Donna M Meeks teaches courses in oil painting, watercolor, and drawing in the Department of Art & Design at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; where she also resides. Meeks is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Master of Fine Arts in Art (painting and sculpture), and of the University of Louisville where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Art (painting with coursework in English) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Art (drawing). She previously served as department chair of the Lamar University Department of Art & Design from 1995 to 2021.
Since 1981, Meeks’ work has been exhibited extensively from coast to coast in diverse exhibition venues including, but not limited to, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, California), the Alternative Museum (Soho, New York), the Alexandria Museum of Art (Louisiana), The Montgomery Armory Art Center (West Palm Beach, Florida), the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (Texas), the Dallas Visual Art Center (Texas), the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts (Summitt, New Jersey), the Rockville Arts Place (Maryland) and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art (Indiana). Meeks has works included in the permanent collections of the Fundación Torre Pujales (Corme, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain); Art Museum of Southeast Texas (Beaumont); Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia); Fine Arts Center, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana; the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, Pennsylvania; and the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois; among others.
Meeks is active as a guest lecturer, exhibition juror, and visiting artist. She was a visiting artist in the Department of Art, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin during April 2012 in conjunction with a one-person exhibition. During June 2005, she was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at the Fundacion Torres Pujales in Corme, Galicia, Spain. In 2001, Meeks was a recipient of a Knight Foundation Fellowship to serve as a Visiting Artist at Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.