Dana O'Malley is a visual artist based in Wilmington, NC.  Her paintings investigate the landscape of tenderness through representations of partnership, touch, environmental collapse, and growth.   She holds an MFA in Painting from The University of Iowa. O'Malley's work has been exhibited in Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.  In 2015, Dana and her partner, Joshua Marquez, formed GRIT Collaborative, an arts nonprofit serving as an interdisciplinary, collaborative platform for artists and their communities.