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DIANE KATSIAFICAS (USA, Texas b. 1947 / act: Minessota & Athens)

Diane Katsiaficas Diane Katsiaficas was born on 23 November 1947 in Texas to parents of Greek descent. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Smith College, Northampton, Mass, (1968); studied painting at Camberwell School of Art, London, England (1971-72); earned an M.A.T. in Art Education (1974) and an M.F.A. in Painting (1976) from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Diane was appointed Associate Professor (1985) and Professor (1990 to present) to the Art Department of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis . Diane Katsiaficas currently lives and works as Professor and Artist at the Art Department of the University of Minnesota while maintaining a home outside of Rafina, Greece.

Diane Katsiaficas has received commissions from notable institutions, such as Art in Public Places, City of Seattle, WA (1986-85); Glendale Financial Center, Lincor Corporation and the City of Glendale, AZ (1987); University of Minnesota, MN for images in the brochure for the Department of English Creative Writing Program (1996); Fulbright Foundation Office, Thessaloniki, Greece (1996); Grey Wolf Press for the cover of Mary Rockcastle's novel Rainy Lake (1997); Goethe Institute, Seattle, WA (1998); Housing Fund, Minneapolis, MN (2004); and University of Michigan Press for the cover for Valerie Miner's novel Blood Sisters (2003).

Diane Katsiaficas has preseneted the following personal exhibitions: Into the Whirlwind, Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA (1984); University of Nevada, Reno & Las Vegas, NV (1984); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (1984); Calipered Traverse, Fiberworks, Berkeley, CA (1986); Portage, MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN (1986); Homage to the Lost Child, Kent State University, Kent, OH (1987); Mirrors, Masks and Simulations, the American Center, Thessaloniki, Greece (1990); No Garbage Here, Evmaros Gallery, Athens, Greece; (1990) Mass College of Art, Boston, MA (1990); Municipal Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (1991); Laments, St. John's College, Sante Fe, New Mexico (1992); Litany for That which is Sought, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, MN (1994); Secrets and Tangles, Tweed Museum of Art, MN (1995); Praise, Thema Gallery, Athens, Greece (1996); Mapping the Difference: Biographies of Place, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece (1999); Ordinary Intimacies, Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, Illinois (1999); Visualizing the Instincts of Migration, American Center, Alexandria, Egypt (2001); Migrations, Diana Gallery, Athens, Greece, (2002); Olives, TinT Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (2004); Migrations, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana (2005); and A Traveler's Readings, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2005).

Diane Katsiaficas has also taken part in the following group exhibitions: University of Indiana, Terre Haute, IN (1984); Sun Valley Center Gallery, Sun Valley, ID (1985); Large Scale Works in Paper at the Bank of Boston, Boston, MA (1986); Paper Now: Bent, Molded and Manipulated, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (1986); Tolerable Doses of Awareness in PAPER 88, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (1987); Explorations in Handmade Paper, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA (1989); Interfaced: Art and Technoculture at Evergreen State College Gallery, Olympia, WA (1993); Appearances: A Mother/Daughter Dialogue (1993); Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, MN (1994); Se Bashku (Together) National Gallery of Tirane, Albania (1995); Minnesota National Print Biennial at the University of Minnesota, MN (1996); Imagine a World without Winter, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN (1996); Confronting Cancer Through Art at Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Philadelphia, PA (1996); 6th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu (travelling 1997-1999); Ordinary Intimacies & Essential Bonds, Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, Athens - Dimitria Festival, Thessaloniki, Makridi Gallery (1998); Firogia, Sifnos Island, Greece, (1999, 2000); Botanica: Contemporary Art and the World of Plants, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota (1999-2001); Negotiating Traditions: Works on/of Paper at Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL (1999); 7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery (2000); Hair Stories: Shearing, MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN (2000); Minnesota National Print Biennial at the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN (2001); Tzedakah, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN (2002); Art Moves at the Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2003); Quiet Time at 18th St. Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California (2004); Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, IL (2005); Memory as Metaphor, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2005); 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Hawaii (2006).

Among the public collections that include her work are the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; City of Seattle, WA; City of Renton, WA; City of Tacoma, WA; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Fulbright Program, Athens & Thessaloniki, Greece; King County Art in Public Places Collections, WA; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Municipal Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Hawaii, Hilo; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Safeco Insurance Company, Seattle, WA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; Target Center, Minneapolis, MN; USA TODAY, Washington, DC; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Washington State Art in Public Places Collection; and Yuma Art Center, AZ.

Commissions include the Lobby for the East Police Precinct with Singleton Associates for the Art in Public Places Program, City of Seattle, WA (1986-85); Glendale Financial Center, Lincor Corporation and the City of Glendale, AZ (1987); Grey Wolf Press for the cover of Mary Rockcastle's novel Rainy Lake (1997); Goethe Institute, Seattle, WA (1998) and University of Michigan Press for the cover for Valerie Miner's novel Blood Sisters (2003).

Diane Katsiaficas has received a number of awards, including DAAD Fellowship, Painting, Berlin, Germany (1977); U.S. Patent for Recreational Structure (1980); Fulbright Scholar, Artist in Residence, Greece (1990-1); McKnight Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, Minnesota (1995); McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Artist Fellowship, Minnesota (1999); Humanities Institute Fellowship for Creative Research, University of Minnesota (2003); and McKnight Research Award, University of Minnesota (1996-1999 and 2003-2006).

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
EC: Fyrogia: 12 Artists Working in Collaboration with the Ceramic Workshops of Sifnos 1999 Sifnos Island, Greece
EC: Hair Stories 1999 Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
EC: McKnight Artist Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Artists 1999 Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
FALLON, MICHAEL Diane Katsiaficas: A Sense of Being in Transit 2000 Fiber Arts [Vol.26, No. 5, p.53-57]
KOKKINI, LENA Migrations 2002 Diana Gallery, Athens, Greece
HEMMINGS, JESSICA Hair and Contemporary Fiber 2003 Craft Arts International, No.57, p.113-115
EC: Art Moves 2003 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
KOSMIDOU, ZOE The Power of Visual Logos: Greek Women Artists 2003 International Center for the Arts and Nature, Athens [p.47,55,56,132-33]

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