Diane Rappisi, a Studio Incamminati alumna who served as the school’s first executive director, has been appointed interim president.
Rappisi, a longtime professional artist and art educator working primarily in pastels, has taught classes and workshops nationwide and internationally. In addition to her artistic expertise, she brings a wealth of experience gained from running a teaching studio in Colorado.
She sits on the board of directors of the International Association of Pastel Artists, where she is a member of the association’s Masters Circle. She also is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society and a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Oil Painters of America.
Her work, which has been featured in Pastel Journal, is in numerous private and public collections nationwide and internationally, in Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. Selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD.
She holds a host of honors, including “Best of Show” at the Pastel Society of Colorado’s Mile High Juried International Exhibition, as well as awards from the International Association of Pastel Societies and the Pastel Society of America.
Rappisi has exhibited widely, including exhibitions in Connecticut, Ohio, Texas, and New Jersey and the Butler Institute of Art. She also has participated in group shows at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam; the National Arts Club, New York; S.R.Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; the Union League, Philadelphia, PA; Abend Gallery, Denver, CO; and the Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY. Rappisi holds a B.S. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware.
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