Dian Der Ohanian Phillips is the featured artist throughout December in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.
Dian has always been an artist. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, she took every elective art class in middle and high school, and took Saturday morning art classes at the University of Louisville. Also during that time (and long before online courses), she began correspondence course work with Art Instruction Schools. That foundation course in drawing, painting and commercial art gave her the skills to be hired in an art department immediately after high school graduation.
A scholarship student at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Dian received a B.F.A. in visual communications. She completed a masters program at Indiana University, and did additional post-graduate work at Boston University. While at Herron, she studied painting with professors Harry A. Davis, Edmund Brucker, Robert Berkshire and Sarah Burns.
Dian was a graphic designer/art director for the majority of her professional life. She continued her fine art pursuits during those years by taking drawing and painting classes. After retiring, she began painting again full-time and has participated in several group exhibits in Indiana and Illinois.
She works primarily in watercolor, acrylic and oil, and creates images that are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States.
Dian’s display will be featured again in January in the RCAA Artist of the Month Gallery at Harrison College in Terre Haute. More examples of her work may be viewed in the RCAA Fall Exhibition in Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through Dec. 18.
RCAA meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the VCPL at Seventh and Poplar streets. For more information contact RCAA president Mike Bender at 812-251-7724 or visit RiverCityArt.org.