DIANE • PIERI

I consider myself a Symbolic Abstractionist, incorporating meaningful symbols into fields of abstraction. This is overlaid with the belief in the abstract expressionist concept of over-all composition. Painted gestures, decorative papers, cut out images, printing scraps and block printing, in combination or alone, can hover around, near and within imagined realms of beauty. Symbolic microcosms can cling to edges leaving the center open. Borders, seen on many works, are decorative opportunities, ways of capturing movement. My overarching desire is to make art that beautifies life’s experiences. Gold leaf is an important tool because it embodies a timeless and universal elegance. I choose different papers for a myriad of reasons - feel, sound, limpness, color, decorative potential, weight, pattern, ethnic symbol, collaboration. Aesthetically my work is a weave of India, Tibet and Japan, cultures wealthy in meaning,  color and purposeful design and whose need for beauty in everyday life is uncompromised.

 

 

 

 

Since 1969 Pieri has had 30 solo exhibitions, 210 national and international group exhibitions.

She has been the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Grants (1999/1992), two Independence Foundation Fellowships in the Arts (2001/2011), a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant (1992). She was included in the 2005 Philadelphia Invitational Portfolio, Philagrafika. She has been a fellow at Yaddo (1991), The MacDowell Colony (1990). In 1990 Pieri was an Artist-in-Residence at Mark diSuvero’s Socrates Sculpture Park where she created a 15 ft. sculpture. In 2006 Pieri’s public art project, Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home, a series of 9 seating elements fabricated in Italian tesserae,

was installed along the Manayunk towpath through the Association for Public Art’s New Land Marks Program. Working with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, Pieri has completed 12 murals since

2001. Since 2009 she completed 7 murals in College Station, Texas. In 2005 Pieri founded the Cooke Museum of Art at the Jay Cooke Elementary School in North Philadelphia. This museum is the only established museum within a Philadelphia public school. In 2012 she was invited to collaborate with Anthropologie to design a robe and loungers based on her work.

 

 

 

 

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DIANE PIERI

dianepieri@gmail.com

 

 Work can be seen on www.dianepieri.com , www.InLiquid.com , www.associationforpublicart.org and

www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/812.html

 

EDUCATION

 

BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Tyler in Rome Program, Rome, Italy

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

INDIA: Beauty in the everyday, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

Phases of the Sun, La Salle University Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Affinities, Women Artists ~ Women Inspirations, Winder University Art Gallery, Chester, PA

Intimacies of India, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

From Then Till Now, The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

Waterfall Journeys, Chestnut Hill College Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Waterfall Journeys, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Flotillas, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sightseeing at Mount Meru, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sacred Lakes, St Joseph’s University Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sacred Lakes, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Day and Night on Earth, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Symbolic Landscapes, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA

Symbolic Landscapes, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Tears of Living, The Naropa Institute, Boulder, COFire Danger High, The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Three Hours Later, Porter Gallery, U of CA Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Tears of Living, The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

New Work, The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

Good Luck Bundles, Broad Street Window, U of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

New Work, The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings and Sculpture, The More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Sculpture, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Guardian Angels, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Small Sculpture, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Recent Paintings, Noel Butcher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings, Systems and Technology Corp., Malvern, PA

Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings, American Medical Association, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings, US Embassy, Bucharest, Romania

 

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PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

 

The Goodness Garden, SEPTA Overpass Bridge, Germantown, PA

Forest Flowers, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Voyages in the Forest, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Sounds of the Forest Garden, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Anthropologie, collaboration on apparel design, USA

Walnut Lane Flowers Restoration, SEPTA Overpass-Tulpehocken Station,

Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Evening in A Magical Forest, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Cruz Bay Courtyard (continuation), Cruz Recreation Center, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia

Forest Ridge Marketplace, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

A Magical Forest, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Forest Flowers, Forest Ridge Elementary School, College Station, Texas

Floral Arrangements, 1% for Art,RDA, Philadelphia, PA (unrealized)

My Journey From South Africa, Lead Artist, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Flowering Friendship Plates, Lowell Elementary School, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Manayunk Stoops: Heart and Home, Manayunk Canal Towpath,

commissioned by Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia, PA

Cruz Bay Courtyard, Cruz Recreation Center, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Many Voices, Many Eyes, John Paul Jones Middle School, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Waterview Island, Waterview Recreation Center Spray Park, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Walnut Lane Flowers, SEPTA Overpass –Tulpehocken Station, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Turtle Bay, 48th & Woodland Recreation Center, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

Starr Garden, Starr Garden Recreation Center, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

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GRANTS & AWARDS

 

Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Invitational Portfolio, Philagrafika, Philadelphia, PA

Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Independence Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Pollock-Krasner Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY

Visiting Artist Fellowship, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Pollock-Krasner Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY

Individual Creative Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

Artist-in-Residence, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

Artist-in-Residence, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

Artist-in-Residence, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

 

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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Intimacies of India, YouTube film, John Thornton

Vibrant Impressions in 'Intimacies of India' at the Rosenfeld Gallery, Maegan Arthurs, www.theartblog.org

Diane Pieri- A Space For Joy, YouTube film, John Thornton

“Fifth Graders Star in Art Show”, Traver Riggings,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, p.B1

“Flowering Up Forest”, The Eagle, College Station, Texas, January 17, p.A7

Public Art Review, Spring/Summer, Issue 36, p.91

More Philadelphia Murals and the stories they tell, Jane Golden, Robin Rice, Natalie Pompilio,

Temple University Press, pp 102,131-132

“A Transformation, step by step”, Dafney Tales, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 10, B4

“Germantown artist Diane Pieri finds inspiration in ‘stoops’ of Manayunk”, Jeremy Barker,

Germantown Courier, September 27, p. 4

“Art along the Towpath”, Jeremy Barker, The Review, September 13, pp. 1 and 6

“Making the Grade”, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, June 7-13, p. 37

“A neighborly pursuit that’s fast fading away”, Stephan Salisbury, The Philadelphia Inquirer,

November 16, Where We Live- G5

“Great Lakes”, Susan Hagen, Philadelphia City Paper, September 25- October 5, p. 28

New Land Marks: public art, community and the meaning of place, exhibition book, ed.

Penny Balkin Bach, pp. 128-133

Pieri, exhibition catalog, essay by David Carr, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

“Sight Unseen”, Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper, September 28- October 5, pp. 28-29

“Material Wealth”, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, September 27, p. 55

“Fusion of East and West”, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 7, p. 35

New American Paintings, #27, The Open Studio Press, pp. 122-125

“Symbolic Landscapes”, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 7, p. 35

“New Religion- Exploring divine inspiration at the Art Alliance”, Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper,

July 24-30, p. 35

“Western Union: Diane Pieri, Fire Danger High”, Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper, April 11-17, pp. 32-33

“Diane Pieri at More”, Miriam Seidel, Art in America, November, p. 135

No Man’s Land, exhibition catalog, essay by Monroe Denton, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City

Diane Pieri, exhibition catalog, essay by Impala Corona, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, exhibition catalog, essays by Alice Beamsdorfer, Danielle Rice and Paula Marincola, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

10 X 12: A Decade of Fleisher Challenge Artists, exhibition catalog, curated by Lanny Bergner, essays

by Jody Pinto, Martha Chahroudi, Anne Percey and Judith Tannenbaum, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Five Years of Fleisher Challenge Exhibitions, exhibition catalog, curated by Stephen Talasnik, essays

by Penny Balkin Bach and David Pease, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Collage and Assemblage, exhibition catalog, curated by Francis Nauman, essay by Francis Nauman, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS (Traveling Exhibition)

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women, Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA

LaSalle University Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The American Consulate, Hong Kong, China

Sapporo Hilton, Sapporo, Japan

State Committee for Culture and Art, Bucharest, Romania

Hewlett Packard, Denver, CO

Walden Group, Palo Alto, CA

Print & Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Aramark Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

William & Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Systems & Technology Corporation, Malvern, PA

State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

And numerous private collections

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

1997- Present

Teaching Artist, Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

2012- Present

Teaching Artist, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Curriculum Consultant

 

2010- Present

Teaching Artist, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP), Philadelphia, PA

 

2005- Present

Founder and Artist-in-Residence, Cooke Museum of Art,

Jay Cooke Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA

 

2002- Present

Adjunct Professor, Department of General Studies,

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA