Edwina & Charles Milner Women in the Arts-Diane Kleiss

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Date(s) - 03/12/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art


Lecture: 6:30 PM Parotti Hall
Exhibit Opening and Reception: 7:30 PM McCray Gallery
Runs through April 9, 2020

Diane Kleiss was born in an Iowa Heartland farming community.  A BFA in painting, a minor in art history and a K-12 teaching degree were acquired at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She has taught art in public schools, in her studio, and at several art centers. Her Midwest life was surrounded by, and living from, nature’s bounty and all its inconsistencies.  In the following years living in the Northern woods of Minnesota and then the SW desert have continuously kept her walking through nature’s door.

After working for many years in oil, acrylic and clay, in 2006 she turned to painting and sculpting with a beeswax medium.  A substance harvested from the land, along with the use of nature’s detritus, gives her canvases a clear intent to draw the viewer’s attention to our environment with an accent on the man-made stresses to our eco system.



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