Diane Katsiaficas

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Diane Katsiaficas (El Paso, Texas, 23 November 1947[1][2]) is an American of Greek heritage visual artist who develops multimedia narrative works, and a professor in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota. She uses a variety of techniques and technologies in her work—from gold leaf to laser cutting. Her work ranges from small journal drawings and paintings to large-scale installations and has been shown throughout the United States and Europe. She has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece and two McKnight Foundation Fellowships, and holds a U.S. patent for an outdoor recreational structure.[3]

Educational Background[edit]

  • B.A.: Chemistry, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1968.
  • M.A.T.: Art Education, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1974.
  • M.F.A.: Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1976.


  • Fulbright Scholar Award (two time recipient)
  • McKnight Research Award, 1996–1999
  • McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Artist Fellowship, 1999
  • McKnight Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, 1995
  • Humanities Institute Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2002


Her exhibitions include:[4]

  • "Visualizing the Instincts of Migration": American Center, Alexandria, Egypt, 2001.
  • "Migrations": Diana Gallery, Athens, Greece 2002.
  • "Hair Stories": MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000.
  • "An Allegory of Olives": Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, January 2004 - February 2004.
  • "Migrations": Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, January 2005 - April 2005.


Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Gleason, Norma Catherine. "Exhibitions. Summer Sets." Artweek vol. 13 nº. 29. September 11, 1982. p. 8, illus.
  • Glowen, Ron. "Exhibitions: The Will to Order." Artweek vol. 11 nº 34. October 18, 1980 p. 16, illus.
  • Guenther, Bruce. 50 Northwest Artists: A Critical Selection of Painters and Sculptors Working in the Pacific Northwest. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1983.
  • Kangas, Matthew. "Exhibitions Down on the Farm: Environmental Sculpture Invitational" Artweek vol. 12 nº 29. September 12, 1981 p. 3, illus.
  • Toale, Bernard. The Art of Papermaking. Worcester, Massachusetts: Davis, 1983.

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