Diane Gabriel

Diane Gabriel "Sunset , Winchester, VA Destruction of Our Physical Landscape" Digital Print, 8"x10"

I recently had the opportunity to drive 2,500 miles across the United States. While I found most of the landscape to be pastoral I experienced urban centers and environs as homogeneous and garish. Most offensive were the huge, towering, highly lit signage announcing the logos of fast food establishments and national chain motels. Gone was the regional flavor of that particular part of the country.

Diane Gabriel "Indian Trading Post Oklahoma" Digital Print, 8"x10"

Oklahoma is the state having the highest percentage of Native Peoples having served the United States as the “dumping ground” for all tribes east of the Mississippi River. Removing people from their land, moving them into a foreign region and climate destroyed centuries old traditions and languages . Today Oklahoma is home to most of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Creek, Cochtaw,Comanche, Cherokee, Kiowa and numerous other Indian Nations. Their culture is still misrepresented and abused.

Diane Gabriel "Largest Cross in the Western Hemisphere, Texas" Digital Print, 8"x10"

Apparently, size does matter. This image testifies to the stripping away of nuance and depth necessary for a belief system to nourish its people.

Artist Bio:

Diane Gabriel was born and raised in New York City.  As a classically trained artist, she attended The Arts Students League in the late 1950s, and graduated from Manhattan’s High School Of Music and Art in the mid-60s.  Moving to Vermont in 1970, she received her undergraduate degree from Goddard College.  Except for brief times, including a residency at The Maine Photographic Workshops, she has lived, worked and taught in Vermont since that time.

Gabriel began showing work nationally in 1975.  Co-currently she was one of the pioneers of the Artist in The Schools program.  She has twice been awarded Individual Artist Grants from the Vermont Arts Council, as well as generous fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center, an international art colony located in Johnson, Vermont.  In 2002 Gabriel became the inaugural recipient of The Barbara Smail Award awarded by Burlington City Arts.  Most recently, she has been one of the founding members of 215 COLLEGE, GALLERY in Burlington, Vermont.

Gabriel ‘s work is held in both private and public collections, including The University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum.  Her work may also be seen in books and national publications.

Gabriel is married to professor and historian Mark A. Stoler .  She has one son, Eben, who lives with his family in New Mexico

Visit Gabriel’s website HERE


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