DIANE RICHEY-WARD Curriculum Vitae
Master of Arts Degree, Studio Art
California State University, Sacramento, Ca,
Bachelor of Arts Degree, California State University, Hayward, Ca. Academy of Art College, San Francisco, Ca.
2019 October Exhibition, Taita Studio Màlaga, Màlaga, Spain
2019 “Retrospective”, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Sacramento, Ca.
2018 "Diane Richey-Ward/Mick Sheldon, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2018 "Exit Sharply" SLAK Ateliers, Arnhem, NL
2017 “Merging Forces” Artspace 1616 Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2016 “Seeking Coalescence” Standard Galleria, Independent Museum of Contemporary Art, Valencia, Spain
2015 “Intimate Migration”, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
2015 “Drawn from Abstraction”, SMUD Art Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2014 “Locomotion”, Draw International, Caylus France
2014 “La Vitesse de L’Idee” Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2013 “A Fleeting Grasp”, Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2012 “Suspended Animation”, Obras Exhibition, Renkum, NL
2010 “Attitude” Skinner/Howard Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2009 “Drawings-Zoetermeer”, BaZtille , Den Hague, NL
2008 “Drawings-Arnhem”, Artistiek Gallerie, Amsterdam, NL
2008 “On the Move”: Center for Visual Arts- Gelderland, Arnhem, NL
2007 Residency Exhibition, C’At Art , St. Columbe Sur L’ers, France
2006 “Drawing Now”, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2015 “Back to the Drawing Board” E Street Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.
2011 “July Artists” Ondarte Artist-in-Residence, Akumal, Mexico
2011 “TenYears at BaZtille, BaZtille Studios, Zoetermeer, NL
2010 “The Art of Teaching”, SMUD Center, Sacramento, Ca
2004 “Cowtown”, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, Ca.
2003 “The Other Side”, b.sakata garo, Sacramento, Ca
2004 “Annual Faculty Exhibit”, American River College, Sacramento, Ca.
2002 “Tribute to My Father” Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, Ca
2019 Taita Studio Málaga, Málaga, Spain
2018 Atelier Holcnerova, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 SLAK Guest Artist-in-Residency, Arnhem, NL
2016 “Estudio Galleria” Independent Museum of Contemporary Art Residency, Valencia, Spain
2016 “Obras” Art Residency, Estramoz, Portugal
2015 “Swatch Art Peace Hotel” Shanghai, China
2014 “Draw International’, Caylus, France
2012 Obras Artist-in-Residence, Renkum, NL
2012 Sucre Sol Artist-in-Residence, Barcelona, Spain
2011 Ondarte Artist-in-Residence, Akumal, Mexico
2009 BaZtille Artist-in-Residence, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
2008 SLAK Guest Artist-in-Residency, Arnhem, Netherlands
2007 C’at Art Artist-in-Residency, St. Columbe Sur L’Hers, France
2005 Kanaal 10 Guest Artist-in –Residency, Amsterdam, NL
2004 David and Julia White Artist’s Colony Residency, Costa Rica
2003 Banff Centre for Art Residency, Banff, Alberta Canada
2003 Camac Organization Artist-in-Residence, Paris, France
2002 Camac Organization Artist–in-Residence, Paris, France
2000 The Brydcliffe Artist in Residency, Woodstock, New York
1995 Studios Midwest, Galesburg, Illinois
1994- 2015: Professor of Art, (Drawing and Art History) American River College Sacramento, Ca.
Teaching Abroad: Professor of Art, NCSAC, Drawing and Art History Semesters taught: Paris, (2008), Florence (2009) and London (2010). Barcelona (2012).
For the past year my interest has leaned toward reflective, geometric surfaces and wooden modes of transport. These subjects provide many expansive, complex combinations of hand-drawn marks and transparent imagery: investigating traditional subjects as they relate to movement in an abstracted space.
I wish to integrate my primary medium, drawing, into an expanded practice: combining photographic elements with the naked mark of charcoal and pastel. By layering elements of mechanical and natural forms, in both transparent photographic layers and drawn images, I search for dynamic formal configurations and mutations. This process seems to allow me to tap into a level of investigation where entirely new form presents itself. As the photographer Diane Arbus once said, “It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize”.
As with my charcoal drawings, i seek a delicate balance between improvisation and control. My goal is to retain a certain mystery and a sense of kinetic movement. Ideally an immediate transference of energy occurs, an insistence in retaining a rhythmic presence.
Colleague Craig Smith noted in an exhibition essay: “Her creative process stems from an investigation of form: she uses the observation of various subjects as a springboard for invention.”
A few years ago I became quite interested in the geometric structure of architectural form and spent 2 months in Valencia, Spain investigating the works of architect Santiago Calatrava. His “Cuidad des Artes y Ciencias” collection of organic/imaginative structures influenced my work for years. I was also affected strongly by the organic architecture of Antoni Gaudí, which also contributes to my extended visits to Spain. Exposure to novel experiences through travel has afforded new ways of seeing and many avenues for discovery.
Diane Richey-Ward is a practicing visual artist from Northern California. After completing her Master’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento, she began exhibiting her large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings in Sacramento, San Francisco and later at the Center for Contemporary Art and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Diane worked as a full-time Professor of Art at American River College since 1999, teaching Drawing and Art History courses. In 2008 she was hired to teach Study Abroad semesters in Paris, London, Florence and Barcelona and combined those semesters with Artist-in-Residency fellowships, spending half her time in Europe for many years. Nearly every year for more than 20 years Diane participated as an Artist-in-Resident: working in Costa Rica, Canada, US, France, Spain, Portugal and Holland. For her 2015 residency in Shanghai, China, she was awarded a 3-month fellowship with the Swatch Art Peace Hotel; culminating with a multi-media exhibit/installation. Her latest work involves drawing, photography and video, and culminating in an art residency and exhibit in Málaga, Spain this fall.