Diane Deery Richards

Diane Deery Richards

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    Artist's Biography

    Diane Deery Richards (b. 1971), is an environmental fiber artist, living in Philadelphia, PA. She is an innovator with fibers and natural elements; it allows her the freedom to explore and play. Water is her vehicle to explore the relationship between colorful dyes and material. She is fascinated by the subject of water itself; her desire to explore these elements is a central part of her work. Her sculptures are made of wood and fiber. They have a harmonious quality requiring the strength of each opposing element. The tension created by confronting opposing elements synergizes flowing patterns that seem to be woven directly into the landscape.The result is a purely harmonious symbiosis of subject and material. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2018) and her BFA and Art Educations from Moore College of Art and Design (1993, 2008). Currently, the Chair of the Art Department at The Hill School, a private boarding school, she teaches Design Thinking, Digital Photography, Fibers, and Woodworking.

    Artist's Statement

    Primal Imprint of the Land
    I am intensely attuned to the patterns in nature. In the land, I see form and energy. In my work, I try to capture these patterns, which I see as profoundly moving. I have developed a way of working that speaks to these patterns and the process is unique since the elements of nature, are creating the work.

    Creating Art in Nature
    My process captures the unseen marking of nature by using the earth's elements. These elements connect their energy to leave an imprint onto the material.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2020
    Changing Tides, Lieberman Gallery, Chestnut Hill, PA

    2019
    Primal Imprints, Boyer Gallery, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

    2018
    Primal Imprints, Gallery #543 URBN Corp Inc., Naval Yard, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2021
    Art in the Garden, InLiquid at PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Jenkintown, PA

    2019
    Into the Woods, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

    Resonance, Alumni Juried Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Perkiomenville Art League Juried Show, Perkiomen Valley Art Center, Schwenksville, PA

    Scene from the Schuylkill, Heritage Watershed, MCCC Pottstown, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    HerSpace, Olde City, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Far From Home, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Blue My Mind, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2017
    Art of Art Educators, National Art Education Association, Great Valley, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Pottstown Artist Guild Juried Show, Pottstown, PA

    Patterns, Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2005
    Alumni Show, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    2003
    Alumni Show, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    Other
    2021
    InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2020
    InLiquid Benefit, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Installation, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Broad Street Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Professional Experience

    2011 - Present
    The Hill School, Pottstown, PA
    Department Chair of the Arts

    2009 - 2011
    Methacton School District, Eagleville, PA
    High School Art Teacher

    2008 - 2009
    Woodlynde School, Strattford, PA
    Middle and Upper School Art Teacher

    2003 - 2005
    Cabrini College, Radnor, PA
    Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design

    2000
    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Adjunct Professor

    Lectures and Speaking Events

    2019
    National Art Education Association Conference, Boston, MA
    Design Thinking Seminar

    2018
    National Art Education Association
    Webinar: Visible Learning through Design Thinking Methodology

    2017
    Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Conference, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA
    Workshop: Design Thinking for World Impact

    2013
    Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square
    Workshop: Design Thinking

    2009
    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Symposium

    Residencies

    2021
    PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Jenkintown, PA
    Artist in Residence, October

    2019
    Icelandic Textile Center, Blönduós, Iceland
    Artist in Residence

    Awards & Honors

    2018
    Perkiomenville Art League Juried Show, Perkiomen Valley Art Center, Schwenksville, PA
    2nd Place, Graphic Division

    Far From Home, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Kathleen "Bunky" Frame Memorial Award

    2017
    Pottstown Artist Guild Juried Show, Pottstown, PA
    Honorable Mention, Best of Show

    Patterns, Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA
    3rd Place, Best of Show

    Education

    2018
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA

    2008
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Art Teaching Certification

    1993
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Illustration