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Artist's Statement

 

After graduating from Moore College of Art and Design in 1966 with a BFA in Graphic Design, I entered the art world in Philadelphia in the areas of package design, corporate logo and promotional design, and worked with magazine layout and design for Ranger Rick, a locally published animal and nature magazine for children.

 

After 10 years working in the city and freelancing on my own, I decided to return to fine art and my love of printmaking. I worked mainly with linocuts and collagraphs for twelve years and was represented in five tri-state area galleries.

 

My fascination with color, texture, and pattern has always been my driving force and has allowed me to express and create with techniques that continue to challenge me.

 

Today, I am a professional papermaker who continues to enjoy color, texture, and pattern combining it now with my collagraph printmaking techniques on my own handmade papers.

 

I am currently represented by the William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ and my artwork continues to be exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.

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  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015 “Paper / Print / Collage"   Waverly Gallery, Waverly Heights, Gladwyne, PA

    2013 “Paper / Print / Collage"

    Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

    2007 Princeton University, Women & Gender Studies Gallery, Princeton, NJ

    2007 Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ
    1998 Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA

    1997 “Recent Works,” Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Phila., PA
    1995 Café Procopio, Wayne, PA (Solo Show)

  • JURIED EXHIBITIONS

    JURIED

     

    2015

    Main Line Art Center, Professional Artist Member’s Exhibition, Haverford, PA


    2014

    Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) 2014 Congress,

    Members’ Exhibition “The Nexus of Craft and Fine Art in Papermaking”, Fabriano, Italy

    2012

    Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, National Collage Society 28th Annual, Collegeville, PA


    2010

    Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, “Paper Runway” with Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, Atlanta, GA (Traveling
    Exhibition) 
    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, “Paper Runway”, with Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, Atlanta, GA

    (Traveling Exhibition)


    Galeria La Sala, Santiago, Chile, “Paper Runway” with Robert C.
    Williams Paper Museum, Atlanta, GA (Traveling Exhibition)


    2009

    James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA, “Pulp Function”
    with Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (Traveling Exhibition)
    Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, “Pulp Function” with Fuller Craft
    Museum, Brockton, MA (Traveling Exhibition)


    2008 - Traveling Exhibitions

    Georgia Tech/Robert C. Williams Paper Museum’s Neely Library,
    Friends of Dard Hunter Conference Juried Exhibition “Paper
    Runway”
    , Atlanta, GA


    Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA, “Pulp Function” with
    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA


    Worcester Center for Craft, Worcester, MA, “Pulp Function” with
    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

    Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center, Casper, WY, “Pulp
    Function”
    with Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

     
    Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, “Pulp Function” with Fuller Craft
    Museum, Brockton, MA

      
    2007

    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, “Pulp Function", curator, Lloyd Herman (Traveling Exhibition)


    1991

    “In Our Circle”, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA


    1987

    Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

     

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  • INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

    INVITATIONAL

     

    2014 - “FiberNext,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington , DE

    2013 - Main Line Art Center, Professional Artists’ Exhibition, Haverford, PA

    2012 - Featherstone Center for the Arts, “The Art of Handmade Paper”,

               Martha’s Vineyard, MA

    • Main Line Art Center, Professional Artists’ Exhibition, Haverford, PA

    2011 - Cerulean Arts Gallery, “Is It Time?” Philadelphia, PA

    2010  - “Paper Awareness”  Guild of Papermakers, Perkins

                Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

    2008 - “Paper Awareness”  Guild of Papermakers, Cheltenham

                Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

    2007 - Brandywine Realty Trust, Art on the Avenue, Main Line Art Center,

               three-person show, Radnor, PA

    • Nassau Club, solo show, Princeton, NJ
    • “Living With Art,” Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
    • Plastics Club, American Color Print Society Members Show, Philadelphia, PA

    2005 - Lamia Ink! At Art Forum JARFO, “Together – Again,” Kyoto, Japan

    2004 - “Eudamonia,” Ten Southern New Jersey Women Artists,

                Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Milleville, PA

    • “Paper Awareness,” Guild of Papermakers, Phila., PA
    • “Paperwork:Pulp As Medium,” College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

    1998 - “Book Arts & Computer Imaging,” Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod

                Community College, West Barnstable, MA

    • Marion Gallery, Group Show / Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Marion, MA
    • Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Membership Exhibitions, Phila., PA 1996-1998
    • Arts Festival, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA – Guest Speaker
    • Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Art Invitational, Villanova, PA  1983-1992,

    1996 - Pulp Formation,” Moore College of Art and Design, Phila., PA – Curator

    • “Miriam Schapiro and Us,” Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Phila., PA
    • “Recent Works,” Artforms Gallery Manayunk, solo show, Phila., PA
    • “Woman Works ’97,” Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA
    • Long Beach Islands Art Foundation, group show, Loveladies, NJ
    • Moore on Second Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, three person show, Philadelphia, PA

    1995 - "Woman Works ’95,” Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA

    • “Paper Awareness III,”Guild of Papermakers, Artforms Gallery Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA
    • Café Procopio, solo show, Wayne, PA

    1994 - “Paper Awareness II,” Guild of Papermakers,

                West Chester University, West Chester, PA

    • “Diversity in Paper,” University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    • “Face to Face: Portraits and Self Portraits by Moore Alumnae,” Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

    1993 - “Paper Awareness I,” Guild of Papermakers,

                Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

    • “Woman Works ’93,” Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA

    1992 - “Plus 6,” Catherine Starr Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    • Pennswood Gallery, three person show, Bala Cynwyd, PA

    1991 - “Woman Works ’91,” Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA

    • Artful Entities Gallery, three person show, Marblehead, MA
    • “Art at the Armory,” Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
    • Penn State Ogontz Campus, three person show, Abington, PA
    • South Jersey Art Show, Arthritis Foundation, Cherry Hill, NJ

    1990  -“Art at the Armory,” Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    • Streichler Gallery, group show, Englewood, NJ
    • “Handmade Paper: An Artist’s Medium,” Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

    1989 - Alumnae Exhibition, Moore College of Art and Design,

               Arts and Commerce Gallery at the Chamber, Philadelphia, PA

    • Suburban Hospital Invitational, Norristown, PA
    • Immaculata College Art Show, Immaculata, PA

     1988 - Suburban Hospital Invitational, Norristown, PA

    • Immaculata College Art Show, Immaculata, PA
    • Historic Yellow Springs Invitational, Yellow Springs, PA

    1987 - Historic Yellow Springs Invitational, Yellow Springs, PA

     

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  • COMMISSIONS

    Insurance Company of North America, 1980-1981
    Riley Law Associates Ltd. 1989
    Elizabeth Studios / The Art Source – residential
    Numerous private commissions

  • WORKSHOPS

    • 2015 - Women’s Studio Workshop, “Encaustic Collagraph from Print to Painting” with Elise Wagner, Kingston, NY
    • 2014 - International Association of Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), Fabriano, Italy
    • Large sheet formation, Watermarking, Deep embossing, with Tiberi Sandro, Fabriano, Italy
    • 2013 - Peter’s Valley School of Craft, Joomchi & Beyond with Jiyoung Chung, Layton, NJ 
      Creating from Passion Workshop, Libbie and Alan Soffer, mixed media, Newtown Square, PA
    • 2012 - Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY “Encaustic and Sculptural Artist’s Book” Catherine Nash
      2009 - Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY “Pulp Beyond the Squeeze Bottle,” Shannon Brock
    • 2005 - Awagami Paper Factory, 3-day Shibori papermaking workshop, Tokushima, Japan
      2002 - Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY “Paper Structures,” Karen Stahlecker
      2000 - Paper and Book Intensive, Saugatuck, MI
    • 1999 - Paper and Book Intensive, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
    • 1998 - Seastone Papers, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
      “Unusual Eastern and Western Handmade Paper” Instructors: Richard Flavin and Amanda Degener
    • 1996 - Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
    • “Advanced Polaroid Transfers” Instructor: Stephen Sonshine
      Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
      “Papermaking, Pigment Coloring” Instructor: John Babcock
    • 1995 - Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD
      “Monotypes with a Master Printer” Instructor: Larry Hamlin
      “Polaroid Transfers” Instructors: Neil Greentree and John Wood
    • 1994 - Peter’s Valley, Layton, NJ “Polaroid Transfers” Instructor: Dan Geist
      “Creative Bookmaking” Instructor: Carol Barton, Rugg Road, Boston, MA “Book Arts” Instructor: Mary McCarthy
    • 1993 - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
      “Papermaking/Bookbinding” Instructors: Dolph Smith and Susan Lightcap
    • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Numerous papermaking courses with: Cheryl Ward, Bobbie Lippman,
    • Judith Ingram, Jeanne Jaffe, Linda Kamholz, Diane Pepe 1986-1993
    • 1992 - I.S.O.M.A.Y.A., Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, Idyllwild, CA
    • “Ritualistic Fiber Constructions and Mystical Objects” Instructor: Walter Nottingham
    • “Handmade Paper” Instructor: Clinton McKenzie
    • 1991 - Carriage House Paper Intensive, Boston, MA
      Instructors: Donna and Elaine Koretsky and Carol Herd
      Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
    • “Moldmaking” Instructor: Barbara Allen
    • 1990 - Pyramid Atlantic Riverdale, MD “Large Sheet Formation” Instructor: Richard Hungerford
    • 1985 - Arts in Progress, Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA
      “Monoprinting on Handmade Paper” Instructor: Carol Moore
    • 1984 - Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA “Introduction to Handmade Paper” Instructor: Vivian Bergenfeld

     

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  • TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Historic RittenhouseTown, “Paper Vessels,” Philadelphia, PA

    The Wetlands Institute, “Paper Vessels,” children’s art program, Stone Harbor, NJ

  • PUBLICATIONS

    2008

    COLLAGE, ASSEMBLAGE, AND ALTERED ART by Dianne Maurer-Mathison, published by Watson-Guptill


    2006

    PAPER IN THREE DIMENSIONS by Dianne Maurer-Mathison, published by Watson-Guptill


    2005

    CRAFTS REPORT magazine, Crafts Insight: Book Arts and Paper- page 23, September 2005


    1998

    PAPER ART by Diane Maurer-Mathison, published by Watson-Guptill


    1995

    FIBERARTS DESIGN BOOK FIVE, Fiberarts Magazine

  • EDUCATION, PERSONAL DATA AND MEMBERSHIPS

    EDUCATION

     

    Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1966
    Concentration in Graphic Design

     

    PERSONAL DATA

     

    Moore College of Art and Design Board of Managers 1992-1998;

    Board of Trustees 1996-1998
    Artforms Gallery Manayunk Board of Directors 1996-1998
    Wayne Art Center President/Board Chairman 1993
    Wayne Art Center Exhibition Committee 1991-1992
    Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Art Invitational

    Art Committee Chairman 1985-1990
    Upper Merion Cultural Center Board of Directors 1980-1982
    Moore College of Art and Design Alumnae Association Board of Directors, Exec. Comm. 1980-1982

     

    MEMBERSHIPS

     

    The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking,

    Atlanta, GA – 1998-present
    The Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc., Atlanta, GA – 1994-present
    Guild of Papermakers, Philadelphia, PA – 1990-present
    IAPMA – International Association of Hand Papermakers and

    Paper Artists – 2008-present
    American Craft Council, New York, NY -1986-present
    American Color Print Society, Philadelphia, PA – 2005-present
    Surface Design Association – 2008-present
    Philadelphia/Tri State Artist Equity Assoc. Inc.- 2011-present
    National Collage Society- 2011-present
    Main Line Art Center Professional Artist Membership – 2011-present

     

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