Diane Burko


Contact Information

studio@dianeburko.com

http://www.dianeburko.com/

Studio: Philadelphia, PA

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Painting/Photography

Artist's Statement

Monumental geological phenomenon of the world have captured my attention throughout my career. Since 2006, my artistic practice has been located at the intersection of Art and Science. I want my art to be more than a painting/photograph to be appreciated - I want it to be used as a tool for social change and environmental policy, bringing attention to the urgent issues of climate change.

This past year I participated in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, which profoundly augmented my ongoing study of ice as an indicator of environmental change.

I am currently developing paintings, photographs and videos from three separate expeditions: the Antarctic Peninsula experience in January; my September-October expedition to the Arctic (sponsored by the Arctic Circle.org) where I sailed around Svalbard with 26 other artists as well as four days collaborating with scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute in Ny-Alesund and Tromso; and another October voyage to Greenland.

I find glaciers to be a particularly compelling image to communicate my concerns. I intend to continue witnessing their melt in Ilulissat, Greenland this summer as well as returning to Antarctica as member of the educational team for the non-profit Students on Ice expedition.

This new body of work, my Polar Investigations project, represents the culmination of years of study and collaboration with glacial geologists throughout the world.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
Diane Burko- Photographs: Investigating the Environment, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2013
Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2012
Water Matters, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2011
New Photographs: Water, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Politics of Snow II, Bernstein Gallery-Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, NJ

2010
Politics of Snow, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Imprints in the Landscape, Philagrafika – Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Invitational: Four Alumni, Tang Museum Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Invitational Airport Installation: Closer to Home, Photographs, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Diane Burko: New Work in Photography, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Flow, Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
Traveled to: James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

2005
Landscapes: Paint/Pixel, Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, NJ

2004
Earth Water Fire Ice, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Diane Burko: The Volcano Series, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999
A Sense of Place: Paintings by Diane Burko, The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN

1995-96
Land Survey: 1979-1995 - Paintings by Diane Burko, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Traveled to: Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna College, Selinsgrove, PA; Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, State University of New York at Cortland; Olin Hall Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

Luci ed Ombra di Bellagio - The Light and Shadow of Bellagio, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1994
Estampes: Works on Paper, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992
Diane Burko at Giverny, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

1991
Reflets – Paintings from Giverny, Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1988
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1987
Fifteen Years- 1972-1987, Hollins College, Roanoke, VA

1983
Waterways of Pennsylvania, traveling exhibition
Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA; Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Westmoreland, PA; Museum of Art, Penn State University, College Park, PA; Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1982
Mabel Smith Douglass Library Gallery, Rutgers University, Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, NJ

Stefanotti Gallery, New York, NY

1980
Morris Gallery, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Stefanotti Gallery, New York, NY

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

1979
First Distinguished Alumni Award Exhibition, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Genesis Galleries, Ltd., New York, NY

Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1977
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

1976
Dealer Showcase, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY

Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2014
Bucks County Artists: A Cross Section, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

Deep Time, National Academy of Science, Washington, DC

Shifting Ecologies, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Due North: I Nordur, presented by Philagrafika, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA

2013 - 2014
Sensing Change, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Unstable Ground, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Pennsylvania Landscapes, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Value of Water, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY

2010
Same: Difference, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Trouble in Paradise Examining Discord Between Art & Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Out of the Blue, Bergen College Art Gallery, Paramus, NJ

Seduced: The Relevance of Landscape in the 21st Century, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

2008
The Delaware River, James A. Michener Art Museum, New Hope, PA

2006
Photography 26, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Out of the Blue, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2005
Torrid, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

2004
Terrestrial Forces, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2003
Extreme Landscape, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

Variable Geographies, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002 - 2003
Landscapes-Mindscapes, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts/ Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

The American River, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
Traveled to: T.W. Wood

Gallery and Art Center, Montpelier, VT; Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme, CT

2001 - 2002
Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting, 1950-2000, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Traveled to: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Erie Museum of Art, Science and Natural History, Scranton, PA; The State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

2000
Pictura Lucida: Paintings by the Established Artist Recipients of The Leeway Foundation Grants, 2000, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Public Art: Concept, Process, Realization, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Aspects of Representation, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

1997
An Extended View: Landscapes by Philadelphia Artists, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Women Artists Series, 25th Anniversary Retrospective, Mabel Smith Douglass Library Gallery, Rutgers University, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ

1994
Landscape: Work by Women Artists, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

1993
Works on Paper, Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

Thick and Thin, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York, NY

1992
Locks Gallery Group, International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama, JAPAN

New Viewpoints: Contemporary American Women Realists, World Expo, American Pavilion, Seville, Spain

1991
Juvenilia: Art of Future Past, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Fragile Objects: Landscape into Art, New Visions Gallery, Ithaca, NY

Art Now: Artists Choose Artists, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1990
Printed in America, Walters Hall Gallery, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ

Artist's Bibliography

2014
McDougall, Dawn, “Framing Change,” Chemical Heritage - Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 2013/Winter 2014

2013
Arntzenius, Linda, “Diane Burko’s Polar Images Document Climate Change,” Town Topics, September 5, 2013

Burko, Diane, “My Personal Definition of Art,” The Brooklyn Rail, September 4, 2013

Lewis-Hall, Jennifer, “The Female Gaze,” PHL 17, March 28, 2013

2012
Merkle, Karen Rene, “Erie Art Museum Exhibits Evidence of Global Warming,” The Erie Times-News, January 2012

2011
Wang, Regina, “Panel Speaks on Climate Change,” The Daily Princetonian, April 22, 2011

Newhall, Edith, “Painter Shows Work in a New Medium: Photography,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 2011

Ledger, Martha, "Burko with a Camera, Not a Brush,” Broad Street Review, July 16. 2011

2010
Spaid, Sue, "Diane Burko," ARTUS, December 1, 2010

Warner, Emily, "Diane Burko: Politics of Snow at Locks Gallery," artcritical.com, March 23, 2010

2008
Conversation between James Turrell and Diane Burko, NEXT LEVEL Magazine, UK, 2008, Illus.

2006
Newhall, Edith, "Painter a Natural Photographer," The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 2006, Illus.

McQuaid, Cate, “Touching the Void,” The Boston Globe, March 19, 2006, Illus.

2004
Sozanski, Edward, “Depicting Wet Landscapes Born of Fire,” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 10, 2004

2003
Genocchio, Benjamin, "Landscapes That Push The Boundaries," NY Times, September 14, 2003

Hampton, Brad, "Diane Burko at Locks," Art in America, March 2002: Illus.

2002
Rice, Robin, “Diane Burko,” ART news, January 2002: Illus.

Selected Grants, Fellowships, Awards, and Commissions

Independence Foundation, Artist fellowship, 2013; The Arctic Circle Residency, Fall 2013; Bessie Berman Grant in Painting, The Leeway Foundation, 2000; “One Percent” Public Art Commission awarded by the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia, Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, 1996; Rockefeller Residence Fellowship - Bellagio Study and Conference Center, September 1993; National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, 1991-92, 1985-86; Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation Residency Fellowship at Giverny, Readers Digest Foundation, April – September 1989; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artists Grant, 1989, 1981.

Selected Collection

Public
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Colgate University, Picker Art Gallery, Hamilton, NY
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Pew Charitable Trusts
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY
Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
COMCAST Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED CATALOGS
2010
Diane Burko: Politics of Snow, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Essay: Ian Berry

2004
Diane Burko, Earth, Water, Fire, Ice, LOCKS Gallery
Essay: Justin Spring Introduction: Haraldur Sigurdsson

2001
Diane Burko, The Volcano Series, LOCKS Gallery
Essay: Carter Ratcliff

1995
Diane Burko, Land Survey: 1970-95, Moravian College, PA
Essay: David Bourdon