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Diana Jean Puglisi (b. 1988, Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and a Co-Director of BOSSCRITT, a critique and curatorial community that supports emerging artists. She is currently the Curator of Education, Youth and Adult Programs at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Puglisi graduated with an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), where she was awarded the Beker Family Scholarship and Graduate Dean Scholarship, and a BFA from William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ). She received a 2017 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship in Sculpture. She has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Big Red & Shiny, Gallery 263, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of galleries including University of Arizona Joseph Gross Gallery (Tucson, AZ), Wavelength Space (Chattanooga, TN), William Paterson University Galleries (Wayne, NJ), SOIL Gallery (Seattle, WA), Alfa Gallery (Miami, FL), subSamson (Boston, MA), and Kathryn Schultz Gallery (Cambridge, MA). She has been included in flat files at Deanna Evans Projects (Brooklyn, NY) and Collar Works (Troy, NY). Her work has been featured by The Drawing Center (New York, NY),  Big Red & Shiny (Boston, MA), and The Social Distance Art Project (London, UK).

Through sculpture, textiles and drawing, Puglisi transforms and recontextualizes objects associated with women’s work, such as thimbles, sewing pins, lint rollers, dresses and pincushions, to try to understand it thoroughly and in a context different from its original. She creates scenarios between forms and materials that reflect parallel narratives to our lived experience while questioning the way arrangement and interaction can anthropomorphize them. Her forms allude to the human body, growths, plants, insects, sea creatures, candy, and microcosms. They become relics of relics themselves exploring themes of feminism, superstition, protection, sexuality, and intimacy. Puglisi arrives at her work by gazing at her matriarchal ancestry and performatively takes part in a long history of seamstresses and lacemakers. Researching underlying stories and histories of an object's strangeness, even objects that we consider common, piques her curiosity.

b. 1988, Brooklyn, NY

Live and works in Northern New Jersey

Education

2016  MFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA

2011  BFA, Painting & Drawing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

 

Grants/Awards/Residencies

2021  Collective Futures Fund Grant, Tufts University Art Galleries & is a part of the Regional Regranting Program of the

           Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, BOSSCRITT, Boston, MA

2017  Individual Fellowship Award in Sculpture, New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), Trenton, NJ

2016  Inside/Out Artist-in-Residence, Big Red & Shiny, Boston, MA 

           Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (Artist’s Grant, August)

2015  Artist-in-Residence, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

2014  The Beker Family Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

           Graduate Dean’s Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2011  Artist-in-Residence, Summer Studio Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023  Butterfly Gland, Corugat Loft, San Francisco, CA

Two + Three Person Exhibitions

2018  CONTRACT/RELEASE, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA
2017  Intangible Threads, The Front Space, Rollinsford, NH (curated by Julia Kirchmer)

2015  The Domestic Temple, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022  Delivery Systems, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

           A Long Line, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA (curated by Erika b Hess)
           Well Behaved, Culture Lab LIC, Queens, NY

           SOURCE, MassArt x SoWa, Boston, MA

2021  Tiny Things, Wavelength Space, Chattanooga, TN

           Flat File, Collar Works, Troy, NY (curated by Kate Mothes)

           Women in Abstraction, New Art Center Corridor at the Trio, Newton, MA (curated by Destiny Palmer)

           Fertile Ground, William Paterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ (curated by Kristen Evangelista)
           #BOSSCRITTDailyJanuary, Bosscritt, Virtual Exhibition
           Flat File, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2020  Everyday in August, Bosscritt, Virtual Exhibition

           Soft Shoulder, Kathryn Schultz Gallery at Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA (curated by Cathleen Daley)

2019  Geometry, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY  (curated by Phyllis Tuchman)

2018  New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Millville, NJ

           MATERIAL, Alfa Gallery, Miami, FL

2017  CL9UD Annual Benefit Auction, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

2016  Accumulating Experience, The Newark Art Council, Newark, NJ (curated by Gallery Aferro & Betty Jarvis)

           The Summer GIF Exhibition, Pink Box Collective, Boston, MA 

           QUICKSAND: The more you struggle, the faster you sink, New Art Center, Newton, MA 

           MFA Thesis Exhibition, MassART Museum, Boston, MA

           That Thing You Said, Arnheim Gallery, Boston MA

           Ways to Use Walls, Student Life Gallery, Boston MA

           Creative Counterpoints: Women Difference and the Arts, Arnheim Gallery, Boston MA (curated by Marika Preziuso)

           27th Annual MassArt Auction, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

2015  Reclamation: Emerging Female Artists, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA 

           Hurry Up & Wait II, Aviary Gallery, Boston, MA

           Feelers: The 24TH Drawing Show, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA (curated by Susan Metrican)

           Hurry Up & Wait, Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA

           All Visual Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA  (curated by Trevor Powers & Ricardo DeLima)

           Fitted to the Latch, Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA

           Bouncing in the Corner, subSamson, Boston, MA 

           26th Annual MassArt Auction, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

           New Print Horizons, Central Booking Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Stephanie Young)
 

Affiliations

Co-Director, BOSSCRITT, Boston, MA

 

Press & Publications

2023.  Feature: Diana Jean Puglisi, Canvas Rebel Magazine

2022   Eights Shows to Check out in Boston this Spring, Boston Art Review, Leah Triplett Harrington

2021   May Alumni of the Month Feature, Spotlight Magazine, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
2020   Soft Shoulder, Cambridge Art Association: Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA (catalogue)

2018   NJSCA Fellowship Awards in Visual Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ (catalogue)

2016   Studio Visit Magazine, Summer 2016, Boston, MA

            ARTiculACTION Art Review, 2016

2015   Diana Jean Puglisi, 365 Artists, 365 Days: a Frank Juarez Gallery & Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project

            Viewpoint: Diana Jean Puglisi, The Drawing Center, April 2015, New York, NY

 

Related Experience

2017-Present  Curator of Education, Youth & Adult Programs, Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY

2016-2017  Education & Public Programs Coordinator, Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY

2014-2016  President & Founder, MFA Student Alliance, MassART, Boston, MA

 

Teaching Experience

2018  Visiting Critic, MFA Program, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
2017  Adjunct Faculty, Studio Foundations, WIlliam Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

           Visiting Critic, MFA Program, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2016  Graduate Teaching Assistant (Roger Tibbetts, Junior/Senior Painting Major Studio), MassART, Boston, MA

           Graduate Teaching Assistant (Elizabeth Mooney, Junior/Senior Painting Major Studio), MassART, Boston, MA

           Graduate Facilitator (MFA 2D Program), MassART, Boston, MA

2015  Graduate Teaching Assistant (Jane Marshing, Studio Foundations: Sustainability & Art), MassART, Boston, MA

           Graduate Teaching Assistant (Amber David Tourlentes, Visual Language), MassART, Boston, MA

           Graduate Facilitator (MFA 2D Program), MassART, Boston, MA

 

Lectures

2021   Gravity: Relationship of Materials to the Wall, Panel Discussion, New Art Center, Newton, MA (virtual)

2020   Annual AAMG Conference, Virtual Affinity Conversations: Moving more educational resources online (virtual)

2017   Alumni Art Panel Discussion, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

2016   Assembling Bodies: Exchanges in Collaboration, New England Graduate Media Symposium, 

            Paramount Center, Boston, MA (selected by Laurie Anderson) 

 

Collections

University Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Private Collections

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