Diana Wege has exhibited her work widely in museums and galleries throughout the United States including Central Booking (New York, NY); Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT); Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI); Interior Museum (Washington, D.C.); Katonah Art Museum (Katonah, New York); Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford, CT); and Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). Like her early landscape series, Nine Lives, 1995, her critically acclaimed exhibition, “Land America Leaves Wild,” 2000, and its accompanying catalogue (University of Washington Press), documents America’s remaining wilderness, revealing the artist’s lifelong interest in the nexus of art and ecology.
Wege is a recent recipient of the Jurors Finalist award at Art Prize7 (2015), and the founder of WOVEN, an international peace organization dedicated to non-violent conflict resolution, and coalition-building. Her current body of work, Fragile Environments, 2015-present, continues to express this commitment to the preservation of our natural environment, through a more conceptual approach. Painstakingly recreating the panoramic vistas of Frederic E. Church, namely his Niagara Falls from the American Side, 1886, this body of work incorporates the work of street artists, and vandals, who – encountering these copies in the urban landscape – add their own graffiti, creating a witty, thoughtful commentary on our ambivalent, often distant relationship to both art and nature.
In one version, the artist herself does this, “tagging” various rocks and cliffs with references to the laws opposed to their protection. As Wege explains, “In spirit we, the American people, revere our national parks and landmarks; ‘American the Beautiful’ we sing and boast. In practice we are not always so benign. In this body of work, the graffiti ironically transforms the copy into an original. The images also pit two different schools of American art, Hudson River School Transcendentalism and Graffiti, against one another.”
|2008||Lithography with Judith Solodkin, Master Printer, Solo Impressions, New York; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT|
|Etching with Anthony Kirk, Master Printer, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT|
|1993||Studied with John Walker and Wolf Kahn, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT|
|1978||Printmaking, Pratt Institute of Art & Design, New York City, NY|
|1977||Anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale, The Art Students League, New York City, NY|
|1976||Syracuse University; B.F.A., Magna Cum Laude, Independent Study, Painting and Japan Studies|
|1975||Colgate University, Five months in Japan|
|1973||National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Wilderness, Prince William Sound, AK|
|1972||Sculpture, University of Wisconsin, WI|