Monumental geological phenomenon of the world have captured Diane Burko's attention since the early 70's. Since 2006 her practice has been located at the intersection of Art and Science. She is totally devoted to using her art to bring attention to the urgent issues of climate change. In 2013 she participated in expeditions to both poles, profoundly augmenting her ongoing study of ice as an indicator of environmental change.
Her current work reflects both her Antarctic Peninsula experience in January and her September-October expedition to the Arctic (sponsored by the Arctic Circle.org) where she sailed around Svalbard with 26 other artists and spent four days collaborating with scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute in Ny-Alesund and Tromso.
Follow Diane's expedition on her blog
Diane Burko has had more than thirty solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the U.S., including recent museum exhibits at the Tang Museum, Tufts University Art Gallery, James A. Michener Art Museum and at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.Her numerous awards include NEA Visual Arts Fellowships (1985, 1991); Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1981, 1989); a Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation Residence Fellowship (1989); a Rockefeller Foundation Residence Fellowship (1993); and the Bessie Berman Grant, awarded by the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia (2000). Burko’s works are in numerous private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Delaware Art Museum, The Woodmere Art Museum and The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum.
Diane Burko has been represented by Locks Gallery in Philadelphia
from 1976 to 2012.