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Diane Bywaters

Diane Bywaters


NFAC 259



  • B.F.A. University of Kansas
  • M.F.A. Washington University

Diane Canfield Bywaters is an artist and Professor of Drawing and Painting. Her research concentrates on landscape and figurative painting in oils and acrylics and with 30 years of painting she has developed a passion for en plein air painting (on location verses in the studio) in the alla prima (wet on wet) technique. She has painted extensively throughout the United States, France, England, Costa Rica, Iceland, Ireland and Italy. She also has the honor of being selected to more current U. S. National Park artist-in-residency programs than any other artist, including twice at Rocky Mountain National Park.   She lives for adventure painting and in the summer of 2006 participated on a whitewater rafting painting expedition of the Grand Canyon covering 220 miles.

Born in Kansas City, she has taught for the past 28 years in the Midwest: DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Columbus College of Art & Design, and since 1987 at the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point where she was honored with the 1997 University Scholar Award and the 1992 University Teaching Excellence Award. In 2000 – 2004 she was in upper administration as the Director of Grants for the University (while teaching part time), and in the fall of 2004 returned to full-time teaching. Her art work is handled by several galleries and she has an extensive list of corporate collectors including:  Kirkland and Ellis, Chicago, Illinois; Harris Bank, Hinsdale, Illinois, Williams and Montgomery Law Firm, Chicago, Illinois; National Boulevard Bank, Chicago, Illinois; Stroud and Waller, Chicago Art Consultants, Highland Park, Illinois; Oak Park Bank and Trust, Oak Park, Illinois; Michigan Bell; Gallman Lepow Associates, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Marion Art for McKinsey and Company, New York, New York; Arthur Andersen Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Babson Brother Company, Naperville, Illinois; General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan; Barnes Hospital; Continental Baking Company;  St. Louis, Missouri; Amerada Hess Corporation, New York; Pepsi Corporation; The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, New Jersey; Heileman Brewing Company, Chicago, Illinois; J.P. Morgan Guaranty Trust Bank, New York, NY; University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, NY; Brinson Partners, Chicago; Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Champion International Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut; Shiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago; Jones, Day, Reavis, and Pague, Chicago, Illinois; Piper, Jaffray, Minneapolis; University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital, Madison, WI; Lord, Bissell & Brook, Chicago, Illinois; Standard Federal Bank, Burr Ridge, Illinois; United Airlines, Frankfurt; 3M, St. Paul, Minnesota; State Department, Washington, D.C.; Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes, Colorado (including numerous other national parks) as well as, numerous Wisconsin state buildings; including a substantial commission through the Wisconsin Percent for Art for the West Bend National Guard facility in West Bend, Wisconsin.

She has a long list of selected artist-in-residencies including:  Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde, Colorado (September 20–October 3, 2009), Denali National Park and Wilderness Area, Denali, Alaska (August 2004), Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado (June 11- 24, 1995 and again in August 2001), Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana (July 2002), Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota (August 2000), Buffalo National River, Arkansas (March 10 - 31, 1997), Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana (August 11 – 27, 1997), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield, Wisconsin (August 14-28, 1995), Acadia National Park, Maine (October 18-31, 1995), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (December 23, 1995-January 18, 1996), Isle Royale National Park, Michigan (August 31-September 14, 1994), Cortona, Italy, Artist/Designer/Scholar in Residence, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program  (June-August 1994), Brydcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, New  York (August 11-25, 1991), Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming (August 15 – September 13, 2009), Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, California (December 27-January 17, 1990 and July 1-28, 1987), Bennett Spring State Park, State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources (June 1 - 25, 1996), Valence, France, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony's 1995 Franco-American Exchange, Art 3, Groupe de Recherche et de Mediation en Art Contemporain (February 1-April 30, 1995), ART/OMI, International Artist-in-Residency, Ghent, New York (July 1 - 28, 1995).

Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, NC has given her six solo shows at that specific gallery, and Bywaters has had numerous exhibitions at other university, museums and galleries. In October 2012, she most recently gave a lecture with collaborator Kristin Gjerdset (UWSP alum 1991) on “The Importance of Representational Artists in Raising Awareness of Our Environment” at the Representational Art Conference (TRAC12) in Ventura, California; both artists were selected for the “Through Your Eyes National Park Artist in Residence Juried Web Exhibition,” United States National Park. ​​

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