The Archer School for Girls, located in Los Angeles, California, will host an exclusive exhibit entitled “Recall” by multi-media installation artist Dianne Pappas, from January 11, 2013 through March 1, 2013. Pappas’ exhibit will be on public view in The Gallery on the Archer campus by appointment. On January 11, there will be a public gallery opening and reception for the artist under the auspices of the Greek Consulate General in LA at 6:30 p.m., followed by an artist talk and Q&A at 7:30 p.m.
“Recall” is an exhibition of small and sometimes intimate objects, which the artist will use to create a site-specific installation in Archer’s Gallery. Pappas will reconfigure elements from the constructed objects to respond to the unique qualities of Archer’s gallery space. “I am excited for the possibilities and discoveries that working collaboratively with the students will bring to the formation of this exhibit,” remarks Pappas. Dianne Pappas spent 13 years as a corporate executive before turning to a life of full-time art. Her process calls upon both mathematical and visual thinking in varied media, including printmaking and glass, but most often photography and sculpture. She chooses simple and familiar materials, such as cement blocks and wooden slabs, which the artist identifies with the elemental, mysterious visual vocabulary of Cycladic sculpture. Her installations are often constructed using tape, translucent paper and a hot glue-gun, to express sensations of impermanence and fragility—what the artist calls creating an “elusive” space. During 2012, she was present on the Archer campus as a visiting artist.
Pappas received her MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 2012 and holds other degrees including a BA in Mathematics and Studio Art from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She has also studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the deCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, where she studied with Timothy Harney and Joseph Wheelwright; Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, MA, where she studied with Ivan Galantic; Pilchuck Glass school in Stanwood, WA and the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.
Her honors received during the past decade alone include an academic scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD; Patrons Award, Co | So Artists A to Z: Awakening, Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA; Silver Medal, Celebrating Hellenic Heritage, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA; and Medici Society Artist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Patti Meyers, Gallery Director at Archer, comments, “We wanted to introduce something new to the Archer community, and we knew that Dianne Pappas’ conceptual art would provoke conversation and challenge perceptions among our students, who are creative and inquisitive by nature.”
In addition to innovative fine arts curricula engaging all visual media, Archer also offers a unique curatorial course for girls interested in the gallery management aspect of the fine arts. “The Gallery Management class aims to help the students involved in the program develop a passion for not only creating and viewing art, but understanding how to use art as a way to make connections with the community, ultimately learning the business of art,” adds Meyers.
To read the artist’s statement and see images of prior exhibits of Pappas’ work, please visit www.diannepappas.com.