Diane Szczepaniak

Diane Szczepaniak

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Phone: 301-983-4310



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In Memoriam


Sculpture & 3D

Archived Work

Artist's Statement

From my early training as a sculptor and welder, I have been guided by the dynamics of form. In my paintings, form emerges from color as I apply thousands of translucent layers of watercolor paint. I put red over blue, blue over red, sometimes yellow over everything all the while looking through the painting as through a sheet of glass until I sense something holding still and expectant/ready in the piece. Colors naturally hold symbolism for me, and I have painted in response to images from poems I find mysterious, feelings roused by music, that familiar experience Wallace Stevens calls “passions in rain, or moods in falling snow,” and even meditations on thoughts. The paintings from my Works series have offered me an especially resonant field for such explorations. At the same time, I do not think simply in terms of color, but through color. As the divergent layers of paint multiply, they move beyond the visual and symbolic, challenging me by slipping along the color wheel and deepening into a widening pool of still light under my brush.

Light is the principle behind my Folding Panel sculptures as well. These free standing sculptures are made of wood and sheet metal whose flat surfaces stand at angles to each other. Light moves along the subtle scratches of polished metal and reflect within the theater of the piece. I envision some of them, built on a larger scale, as actual fountains along whose surfaces thin sheets of water might run.

By training myself to see flat surfaces as energetic space, I have worked to realize and share the invisible distances that are often crowded out in our increasingly efficient, light-saturated, and networked lives. The flat surface in art has not, however, stopped being a mystery, and I hope to continue working my way towards it and bring viewers into its strange and irresistible reaches.

Selected Exhibitions


Non-Sensory Perception of Form, Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington, DC

In Pursuit of Form, Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Watercolors, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington, DC

Abstracted Space, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC

Painting and Sculpture, Merchant’s Gallery, Inc. Cincinnati, OH

Painting and Sculpture, Merchant’s Gallery, Inc. Cincinnati, OH

The Figure, S.S. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, MI


Inbetweenness, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

Paper, Scissors, Rock, University of Cincinnati Medical School Library, Cincinnati, OH


Transition of Three Artists, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY


Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, Decker/Meyerhoff Galleries, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Porous Borders, Washington Sculptor Group, Historical Society of Washington DC, Washington, DC
Curator: Jayme McLellan

gaps, Washington Sculptor Group, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA & IPAR
Curator: Vesela Sretenovic

Courage Unmasked, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC

Idylls, Washington Project for the Arts, World Bank, Washington, DC
Curator: Andrea Pollan

Wild Women of Watercolor, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD

22nd Annual Critics’ Residency, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
Curator: Robert Berlind

Pre-Primed 2007, Washington Project for the Arts \Corcoran, Washington, DC

Chromatic Conversations, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA

Sculpture Unbound, Edison Place, Washington, DC, WPA\Corcoran & Washington Sculptors Group
Juror: Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture Magazine

Thick and Thin, Gumenick Family Gallery, Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Richmond, VA
Curators: N. Elizabeth Schlatter and Gwen Van Ostern

SELECT III, 2005, Washington Project for the Arts\ Corcoran, Washington, DC

Curator’s Choice Exhibition, Washington Project for the Arts\ Corcoran, Washington, DC

Peace Exhibition, Anne C. Fisher Gallery, Washington, DC

Works on Paper Show, New York Armory, New York, NY

Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Samson Fine Arts, New York, NY

22nd Annual Art on Paper Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Judges Choice Award

Galerie Ingrid Cooper, North Bethesda, MD

66th Annual Cumberland Valley Exhibition, Washington County Museum, Hagerstown, MD

Time Warner Building Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Ingrid Cooper, North Bethesda, MD

Intimate Objects, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC

Galerie Ingrid Cooper, North Bethesda, MD

Abstraction II, DOSHI Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA

1995, 1994
Fresh Art Exhibition, Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington, KY

The Field, Michael Straw Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1981 – 1985
Merchant’s Gallery, Inc. Cincinnati, OH

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Selected Bibliography

Baltimore CityBeat, Baltimore, MD, May 28, 2008

Art Papers, Reviews, pg 46, July/August 2005

Style Weekly, Richmond, VA, April 27, 2005

City Beat, Cincinnati, OH, October 11, 2002

The Villager, New York, NY, May 23, 2001

Professional Experience

2011 – present
Member, Board of Directors, Washington Sculptor’s Group

1999 – present
Artistic Director/Screen Painter, Theatrical productions, Herbert Hoover Middle School, Potomac, MD

1993 – 1995
Drawing Instructor, Studio 620, Cincinnati, OH

1990 – 1991
Welding Instructor’s Associate, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

1985 – 1988
Membership Coordinator, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

1983 – 1985
Arts Education Coordinator & Drawing Instructor, Cincinnati Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, OH

1981 – 1984
Treasurer, Merchant’s Gallery, Inc., Cincinnati, OH


Youngblood Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY
Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; London, UK
Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Inliquid, Philadlephia, PA
Washington Sculptor’s Group, Washington, DC
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

Awards and Honors

Semi-Finalist, Sondheim Prize, Baltimore, MD

Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts: Sculpture from the Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD

Semi-Finalist for the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD

Ulric Bell Memorial Award, New York, NY

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, PA

Judges Choice Award, Maryland Federation of Art Gallery on the Circle, Annapolis, MD

1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
Paintings Under Glass Award, Bruce Museum Art Festival, Greenwich, CT

Best in Show Award, Arts Atlantica Exposition, Ocean City, MD

Lectures and Talks

Lecture, “Watercolor painting techniques for art teachers,” Fairfax County Public School System, Fairfax, VA

Selected Collections

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, MD
Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington, DC
New York Grand Hyatt, New York, NY
Orlando Hilton, Orlando, FL
Ritz Carlton, Dubai
Crystal City Hilton, Arlington, VA
San Diego Marriott Marina, San Diego, CA
MGM Project City Center, Los Angeles, CA
DC Four Seasons, Washington, DC


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
MA, Art Education

Northern Kentucky University
BFA, Sculpture and Drawing

Northern Kentucky Vocational/Technical School
Welding Certification

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MI
BA, Economics

1978 – 1982
Michael Skop, (Ivan Mestrovic’s assistant), Kentucky,
Sculpture and drawing studio of sculptor