Donna   Sweigart

Associate Professor  

Ms. Donna Sweigart

Donna Mason Sweigart, an Associate Professor of Art & Design at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earned her MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM/RP from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her work has appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today 2 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs Donna's works range from functional object installation to large scale body adornment/fashion. She uses both traditional methods of fabrication and computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping to accomplish her works. She often creates collaborative works with her husband painter Thomas Murray.







Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Andrew Winslow. Internal Seed Research Program (ISRP), University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, $20,000.00 ( )



Selected Presentations


  • Donna Sweigart. "Rapid Fire Lecture "Undergradaute Research"," Society of North American Goldsmiths (Educational Dialogue), Portland (May 2018)

  • Donna Sweigart. ""A Re-examination of Jewelers Titles and Nomenclature"," Digital Meets Handmade" Jewerly in the 21st Century", Fashion Inisitute of Technology , in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano,, New York (May 2018)

  • Donna Sweigart. "Artist Lecture," Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver CO (March 2018)

  • Donna Sweigart and Erum Javed. ""Dandelion: A vehicle of the expression of the immigrent"," Festiba 2018, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX (February 2018)

  • Donna Sweigart. "Presentation "Group Learning"," Society of North American Goldsmiths (Educational Dialogue), New Orleans (May 2017)

  • Donna Sweigart. "Brooklyn Fashion Week, "Tech in Fashion" Panel Discussion, @We Work – Dumbo - 81 ," Brooklyn Fashion Week, Brooklyn NY (March 2017)

  • Donna Sweigart. ""3D Printing for Fashion: Elevate Creativity, Elevate Productivity, Elevate Business, A Panel Discussion" ," Magics (Magics@sourcing spring 2017), Las Vegas NV (February 2017)

  • Donna Sweigart. ""3D Printing for Fashion: Elevate Creativity, Elevate Productivity, Elevate Business, A Panel Discussion" ," Magics (Magics@sourcing fall 2016), Las Vegas NV (August 2016)

  • Donna Sweigart. "Artist Talk," Arranged visit to UTRGV and gave Lecture to Idea Public Schools (Mission College Prep) 7th grade class., Edinburg TX (May 2015)

  • Donna Sweigart. "Presented on behalf of Associate Professor Leila Hernandez and myself: "Vestiditos y Ropa de Mujer: Little Dresses and Women's Clothing. A Strike Against Violence."," 5th international conference on typography & visual communication, University of Nicosia, , Nicosia, Cyprus (June 2013)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Erum Javed "JURIED GROUP EXHIBITON- "Exhibition in Motion" Collaborative piece with Erum Javed," Portland, Oregon (2018)

  • Donna Sweigart. "100 Women, 100 Words," McAllen (2018)

  • Erum Javed "INVITATIONAL PERFORMANCE- "McAllen Monarch Festival" Collaborative piece with Erum Javed," Mc Allen, TX (2018)

  • Erum Javed "INVITATIONAL PERFORMANCE- "Collage" Collaborative piece with Erum Javed," Mc Allen, TX (2017)

  • Erum Javed "INVITATIONAL PERFORMANCE- "Planta Nativa" Collaborative piece with Erum Javed," Mc Allen, TX (2017)

  • Erum Javed "JURIED GROUP EXHIBITON- "Exhibition in Motion" Collaborative piece with Erum Javed," New Orleans LA (2017)

  • Donna Mason Sweigart. "JURIED FASHION EXHIBITION- "Brooklyn Fashion Week" ," Brooklyn, NY (2017)

  • Donna Sweigart. "INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION: Magics @sourcing (spring), Fashion Works displayed as examples of 3D printed fashion," Las Vegas NV (2017)

  • Lorenzo Pace "CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF INSTALLATION-lead by sculptor Dr. Lorenzo Pace, 2016 UTRGV Visual Arts building," Edinburg TX (2016)

  • Lorenzo Pace "COLLABORATIVE PIECE-Lorenzo Pace, Costume for performance "Homecoming 2016" UTRGV Visual Arts building," Edinburg TX (2016)

Current Courses

ARTS 1301 SA1 - Art Appreciation:
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ARTS 4340 02 - Portfolio for Studio Art:
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ARTS 4388 SA1 - ST - Art Pat of Reinaissance:
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ARTS 3303 01 - Interm Jewelry/Metalworking:
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ARTS 4303 01 - Adv Jewelry/Metalworking:
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ARTS 6384 01 - The Art Profession:
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ARTS 6387 SA1 - Special Topics- Studio:
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ARTS 3303 01 - Interm Jewelry/Metalworking:
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ARTS 4303 01 - Adv Jewelry/Metalworking:
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