Diane Levesque's artwork highlighted in "A Creative Place: The History of Wisconsin Art"
After five years of research, authors Thomas D. Lidtke and Annemarie Sawkins published the book, which encompasses the 13,000-year history of art in Wisconsin — from the caves of prehistory in Prairie Du Chien; through the periods of French-Canadian exploration, British occupation, American territorial settlement and statehood; to our modern day.
Recognized in the book are works of art by more than 500 Wisconsin artists, including many of our most creative and talented stars whose contributions made them influential national figures, like wartime photojournalist Dickey Chapelle from Shorewood; Harvey Littleton, the studio glass innovator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Owen Gromme, the “Dean of American Wildlife Artists,” from Fond du Lac.
The book was published by the Cedarburg Art Museum and is available online.
The Racine Art Museum awards Diane Levesque for the Edwin.P.Kalke Memorial Purchase Award
Diane Levesque was the first recipient of the newly established Edwin C. Kalke Award at the Racine Art Museum for the purchase of her painting “The Grapplers” in the Watercolor Wisconsin 2020 exhibition.
Edwin C. Kalke was a professor of art at Carthage for 28 years. After his passing in 2016, Prof. Kalke’s legacy was to provide award funding for the purchase of art works for the Racine Art Museum. Prof. Levesque’s painting was the first work to receive this honor and will become part of the permanent collection at the Racine Art Museum.
The “Watercolor Wisconsin 2020” exhibition was on display through Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine.
The exhibition catalog is available at:
2019 MMoCA Wisconsin Triennial
Diane Levesque's paintings from The Penny Dreadfuls Project selected for the MMoCA's Wisconsin Triennial.
A signature survey of contemporary art statewide, MMoCA’s Wisconsin Triennial is a cornerstone of curatorial programming. The 2019 Wisconsin Triennial will feature 34 individual artists and collectives working in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, and sound—a broad array of mediums that reflects the diversity of approaches artists undertake in their explorations of process and content. The Wisconsin Triennial simultaneously takes the pulse of the current artistic moment, both highlighting the latest developments in artistic practice and honoring timeless themes that remain relevant for artists working today.
As in previous years, the artists invited to participate in the 2019 Wisconsin Triennial were selected through a rigorous jury process undertaken by MMoCA’s curatorial team. The final roster of artists represents a range of individuals at all points in their careers, including professional artists with national reputations and current BFA students who are eager to show their work for the first time. A testament to the dedication and sophistication of Wisconsin’s artistic community, the 2019 Wisconsin Triennial serves as a platform to engender and celebrate artistic invention by both established and emerging artists.
MMoCA’s Triennial jury is comprised of Mel Becker Solomon, curator of the collection; Leah Kolb, curator of exhibitions; Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education; and Stephen Fleischman, the Gabriele Haberland director. The jury process involved a careful review of material submitted by hundreds of artists, followed by visits to over 70 artist studios across the state.
Diane Levesque: Specimens of an Inner Dialogue at OS Projects Gallery
Specimens of an Inner Dialogue
August 3 - October 12, 2019
Opening reception August 2, 6 - 9 p.m.
Artist talk October 4, 7 p.m.
Specimens of an Inner Dialogue includes two bodies of work—the Existentialist Portraits and the Lucretius Project II—that feature different modes of imagery but share an underlying visual language of saturated color, repeating forms and elaborated motifs. The Existentialist Portraits depict several of the artist’s favorite authors with passages from their books that contain existential query. The fragments of text appear as thought bubbles floating on intensely patterned surfaces littered with motifs from the writers’ works.
The abstract paintings and sculptures from the Lucretius Project II are equally weighted with a literary text: Lucretius’ philosophical poem, “On the Nature of Things,” from the first century B.C. In this series, lines of poetic beauty inspire the explosions of color and interplay of decorative elements and biomorphic forms, with several works incorporating polymer clay that sprouts from canvases and grows into diminutive “specimens” preserved under bell jars.
Both bodies of work that comprise Specimens of an Inner Dialogue evince Levesque’s skill at deftly balancing the playfulness of humor with the residue of depression and bad dreams to provide a singular and visually arresting commentary on the human condition.
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Diane Levesque's work is featured on the cover of Oklahoma Humanities Magazine
Diane Levesque's painting "Circa 1968" is featured on the cover of the Oklahoma Humanities Magazine Spring/Summer 2017 issue on poetry.
The Others: Rockford Art Museum
Diane Levesque's work is included in
Rockford Art Museum
2016 Wisconsin Biennial at MOWA
February 6- March 27, 2016
Museum of Wisconsin Art
206 Veterans Avenue
West Bend, WI
RAM Artist's Fellowship Exhibition
RAM Artist Fellowship Exhibition 2015
Presented by the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
August 28 - November 28, 2015
The RAM Artist Fellowship Program showcases the diversity and
vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists.
This exhibition features the work of:
Lisa Marie Barber, Kenosha
Diane Levesque, Kenosha
Bill Reid, Racine
Jim Sincock, Kenosha
Preview and Opening Reception
at RAM's Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine
Thursday, August 27
6:00 - 8:00 pm
In The Studio with Diane Levesque
In February, Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna interviewed RAM Artist Fellowship Recipient Diane Levesque.
read the interview at the Racine Art Museum website link:
Diane Levesque is awarded the 2014 RAM Artist's Fellowship
The RAM Artist Fellowship Program aims to showcase the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists. It's goal is to distinguish the region as a place that values the arts, and enhance the area’s desirability as a place for artists to work and live.
These competitive awards recognize artists, at all stages of their careers, who are creating outstanding work in all media including painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, bookmaking, sculpture, installation, film/video, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and ceramics.