Diane Stemper – Plat 21 Studio
6561 Contreras Rd., Oxford, Ohio 45056
513-524-9211 (H) 513-461-1326 (C)
Diane Stemper received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. Most recently, Stemper exhibited her artist books in the exhibition Outside the Margins: Artists’ Books at Loyola Notre Dame University, Baltimore, Maryland and was a featured artist in exhibition The Creative Codex: Books as art in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at Miami University in Ohio.
In February 2017 Stemper attended as an exhibitor at Codex 6: International Book Fair and her work was included in the exhibition Structure Unbound at the Robert & Elaine Stein Gallery, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Stemper’s artist books, prints and drawings have been exhibited regionally and nationally including at the Center for Book Art in New York; University of Puget Sound, Washington; Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Virginia; Denison Museum at Denison University, Ohio; and the Dayton Visual Arts Center in Ohio. She is a recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Artist and Communities grants and is a member of the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative and of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society, exhibiting regularly in their annual Bookworks exhibit at the Cincinnati Main Public Library.
Her work is included in the artists’ book collections of: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Collins Memorial Library,University of Puget Sound; DAAP Library, University of Cincinnati, Ohio; Special Collections, Ohio University; Denison University, Ohio; Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio; Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky; and in several private collections.
My artwork is concerned with science in general and the intersection between the natural and material worlds of contemporary living. Lately, I am intrigued with on-going encounters with specimens and species (live or not.) My artistic work is an act of collecting, assigning, combining and looking for margins between real and imagined, breath and stillness, interesting and repulsive. Drawing is fundamental to my process and I work back and forth between small edition artist books, petri dish construction/books, drawing and intaglio prints.