Diane Burko

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945, Burko received a
BS in painting and art history from Skidmore College
and an MFA (1969) from the Graduate School of Fine
Arts of the University of Pennsylvania. Burko is professor
emeritus of the Community College of Philadelphia
where she taught (1969-2000). She has also been
a visiting professor or lecturer at varied institutions,
including Princeton University, Arizona State University,
and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She is
an affiliate of The Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research
(INSTAAR), having led a seminar at their headquarters
and interacted with their research scientists in Boulder,
Colorado, in 2014. She has been invited to speak at
conferences at institutions such as the Geological
Society of America, the American Geophysical Union,
the Atlantic Council and National Academy of Sciences.
Burko has had more than 40 solo exhibitions of her work
in galleries and museums throughout the country.


Winner of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and two Pennsylvania Arts Council awards, Burko has had a six-month residency in Giverny, France, sponsored by the Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation, and a five-week residency at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. She was awarded a $200,000 public art commission by the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia and the Marriott Hotels (1996). In 2000 she received a $50,000 Leeway Award to support her Volcano Project. In 2011, she was given the Women’s Caucus for Art/College Art Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, she was selected to participate in the Arctic Circle Artist Residency Program sailing around Svallbard. That expedition was supported with the Independence Foundation’s “Fellowship in Art” award. Distinguished critics have written about Burko’s work including Robert Rosenblum, Lawrence Alloway, John Perreault, and David Bourdon. Burko is represented in numerous collections including the Denver Art Museum, Colo.; the Hood Museum of Art, N.H.; the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pa.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Tucson Art Museum, Arizona; and the National Academy of the Sciences, Washington D.C.

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