Diana Kersey is a visual artist who works in clay, creating both studio pottery and architectural ceramics. Her work possesses a raw, textural quality, with the clay encompassed in a translucent, earthy glaze. The birds, insects, fish, and flowers present in her work suggest a primordial narrative, while the underlying decorative grids and motifs capture the relentless energy, complexity, and contradictions that pulse through our contemporary society.
Kersey earned a MFA in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997, and a BFA in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. Kersey has served as an instructor at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio College, and Palo Alto College. She has lived and maintained a studio in San Antonio, TX since 1998.
SELECTED AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Public Art Commission, City of San Antonio, $30,000 budget. Design/build/install
artwork as part of a drainage project near Brackenridge Park. (in design process).
Artist Grant, $1000 for completion of new work. Sponsored by Southwest School of
Art and Craft and the City of San Antonio, Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA).
Best of Show, $1000 prize, Fiesta Arts Fair, Southwest School of Art and Craft.
Entryway Chandelier, private residence, Alamo Heights, TX.
Kitchen Backsplash, 21 ft, private residence, The Dominion, TX. (in progress).
Kitchen Backsplash, 30 ft, private residence, Hondo, TX. (in design process).
Kitchen Backsplash, 72ft², private residence, (Stone Oak) San Antonio, TX.
Kitchen Backsplash, 32ft², private residence, Houston, TX.
Architectural Restoration, 3 Ceramic Medallions, each 8 ft dia., City of New Braunfels, TX.
Creative Capital Workshop Grantee, sponsored by the City of San Antonio, OCA.
Permanent collection, “Fish Pot” purchased by San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX.
Best 3D work, $1000 prize, Texas Art Walk.
Architectural ceramic restoration, former home of O’Neil Ford, San Antonio, TX.
Kitchen Backsplash and Lighting, 16 ft, private residence, Alamo Heights, TX.
Day of the Dead Bar Backsplash, 8 ft, private residence, San Antonio, TX.
Wall Installation, “Research Composition #1,” commissioned by the BioTech
Research Corporation, San Antonio, TX.
Architectural ceramic restorations (Beehive dome), Bexar County Courthouse, San
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX
Stacked, Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX.
SELECTED JURIED AND INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
Back to the Basics, Contemporary Ceramics, Goldesberry Gallery, Houston, TX (July)
Multiples, David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX (July)
Elements of the Season, Galeria Ortiz, San Antonio, TX.
Three Ceramicists, Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, Harlingen, TX.
Exhibiting Artist, American Craft Council Craft Show, San Francisco, CA, ArtFest500,
Addison, TX; Four Rivers Craft Festival, Salina, KS, Fiesta Arts Fair,
San Antonio, TX; Kentuck Arts Festival, Northport, AL.
Just Been Fired, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX.
Texas Clay, The Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX.
Earth and Fire: Ceramic Sculpture, San Antonio, Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX.
Master of Fine Arts, ceramics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. 1997
Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, drawing, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. 1994