Diane Burko is one of the Philadelphia area’s most celebrated contemporary landscape painters; she has often traveled to exotic, far-away places to find inspiration for her dramatic landscapes.
This exhibition featured paintings and photographs that focus primarily on spectacular and panoramic landscapes of volcanoes, craters, waterfalls, and glaciers from the Alps, Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. A part-time resident of Bucks County, Burko has also explored the more pastoral Pennsylvania landscapes of Geddes Run Creek and Wissahickon Creek, several of which are included in the exhibition.
Flow was jointly organized by the Michener Art Museum and the Tufts University Art Gallery, and was curated by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Ph.D., director of galleries and collections at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. This exhibition focused on Burko’s recent work, and was the fourth in an ongoing series at the Michener that features contemporary landscape painters.
Burko is an uncommon artist-explorer of the majesty of the land and its psychological and spiritual effects on us. Her work hones in on ever-present, if not always visible, natural processes and states of lava as well as water’s transformation between solid, liquid, and ether, and this exhibition examines these intertwined subjects of flow and transformation.
Diane Burko received her BFA from Skidmore College in 1966 and her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has lived in Philadelphia since 1966. Burko is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation, the Leeway Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.