Diane Pepe is an associate professor of art in the College of Art, Media and Design at the University of the Arts. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from the University of New Mexico.
In Diane's large-scale sculptural work, she utilizes hard wood, brass and stone elements. She also creates collages that are layered cut-paper drawings and digital animated shorts that investigate the various aspects of human nature and interactions.
Diane's sculptural work, cut-paper drawn collages and digital animated shorts investigate the dichotomy of human nature. This is revealed in the juxtaposition of two elements: the wood/brass structure that contains and orders and the river stones that represent a powerful force, constant movement and boundless energy of the human spirit. In the drawings, the soft pastel pencil explores the emotional, internal energy and the cut paper, hard-edge structure expresses our ability to order and control this spirited force and emotion. The layering of the physical elements in the sculptures and cut papers in the collages relate to an investigation of spatial concerns, subtle qualities of light, and implied movement that come to life in the animated shorts.
The PA Council on the Arts Special Projects Grant; National Science Foundation Grant, Ford Foundation Achievement Grant, PSU; Research Fellow, AIE Fellowship, funded by National Endowment for the Arts and the Getty Center for Ed in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; PARLab Grant, UArts; Venture Fund Grants UArts; Provost Faculty Enrichment Grants.
Philadelphia Art Alliance; DCCA Delaware Center for Contemporary Art ; Houston North Gallery, Lunenburgh, Nova Scotia, Canada; Brindle Gallery, Camden, Me.; Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, University Park, Pa.; William Penn Memorial Museum of Art, Harrisburg, Pa.; Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.; Dolan-Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.