A visual artist of Panamanian descent, Senalka McDonald received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012, along with a BFA and a BA in cultural geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. McDonald is the recipient of various awards, including the Eliza Prize Grant,
a Graduate Merit Fellowship, a Graduate Diversity Fellowship, and the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship. She has participated in residencies including
The Core Program (Houston) 2012, the Austin Project (Austin) in 2009 and 2008 as well as ROOTED (Austin) in 2007.
Recent exhibitions include in my hair: a group show (Medialia Gallery, New York), Selfless (Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco),
John Baldessari: Class Assignments (Optional) (Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco), Queer State(s)
(Visual Arts Center - UT Austin, Austin) and Home After Dark (Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco).
McDonald is currently an artist in residence with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Core Program.
She currently splits her time between San Francisco, California, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas.