Donna Weaver is a retired sculptor/engraver for the United States Mint, where she worked on many significant projects in circulating and commemorative coinage and Congressional gold medals. She now employs those skills creating miniature wax portraits like those executed in bas-relief from the mid-18th Century until the popularization of photography in the 1840s.
Weaver re-creates the look, color, and scale of earlier wax portraits. Before starting a portrait, she researches artwork of the time for paintings, drawings, and sculpture of the person to be portrayed. She then mounts the finished portrait on reverse-painted glass and frames it.
Adhering to the high sculptural standards of portraiture in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Weaver divides her time between sculpting wax portraits of historical figures in the studio of her Madison, Indiana, home and participating in living history events and indoor shows. She accepts assignments to re-create two-dimensional artworks from the early 19th Century.
Weaver is also part of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program and designs for specific coinage programs.
Artisans wishing to participate in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ may download applications by clicking here. Because of the uncertainty of mail delivery caused by the Pandemic, we have extended the deadline for entries. We will accept entries postmarked by February 15, 2021. Those selected will be notified after judging in April, 2021. The 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts™ will appear in the August 2021 issue of Early American Life.
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