Donna Zarbin-Byrne | ARI Restoration International
ARI | Artisan Restoration International preservation and historic conservation of architectural surfaces, sculptures, sacred art, and furniture in metal, wood, and stone. ARI restore an object’s life and beauty back to its original grandeur.
Artisan Restoration International, metal casting, art restoration, art preservation, historic conservation, custom art, sculpture, woodwork, patinas, conservation of architectural surfaces, sculpture restoration, furniture in metal wood and stone, sacred art
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Donna Zarbin-Byrne – Owner/Founder

“The gardener of the dreamscape.” Zarbin-Byrne integrates a vast array of materials including encaustic, bronze, ceramics, and found objects.

Donna Zarbin-Byrne received her MFA in sculpture with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She went on to intern at the Modern Art Foundry, focusing on bronze casting. She later worked at the Tallix Foundry while continuing her education at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. Since 1989 Zarbin-Byrne has contributed her design, patina, and sculptural talents to Artisan Restoration International/Great Lakes Metal Works & Art Studio. She has created numerous site-specific installations throughout the country. Zarbin-Byrne excels at translating a client’s vision into a reality and facilitating that creative process.

Zarbin-Byrne has taught at Loyola University in Chicago and held many residencies at the Illinois Arts Council.  She served as a Teaching Artist for Art Encounter in Evanston, Illinois. Her work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across the country from New York (The Jewish Museum) to Hawaii (Schaefer International Art Gallery, Maui). She has received numerous public and private commissions including an outdoor sculpture for the city of Evanston, IL and installations for the Moriah Congregation in Deerfield, IL, and the Liquid Packaging Corporation in Wisconsin. Her most recent public sculptures can be seen in San Antonio, TX.