Dion Dion, a student-artist at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, has been selected to show her work in “Woman Made Midwest Open,” a juried art exhibit at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Ill.
This exhibit features the work of 48 female artists from 12 Midwestern states.
The pieces in the exhibit reflect a variety of subject matters, styles and techniques. Dion’s work, which features bold colors and a variety of textures, it is titled, “Surfaces III.”
“All the works in my ‘Surfaces’ series focus on building an interesting surface on the painting itself, in addition to any imagery,” she explained. “I accomplish this by starting with an interesting underpainting and then building on top of it with scraped or sprayed paints as well as cords, strings, handmade paper, small clay pieces and elements from nature.”
The opening reception for “Woman Made Midwest Open” is slated for Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Works are on display through March 24.
Since 2010, Dion has taken a variety of art courses at STLCC-Wildwood. Outside of STLCC, she is a nationally exhibiting and award-winning artist in clay, handmade paper and mixed media sculpture (1980-1995), as well as oil paintings (2010-present).
Designated a Master Teacher of Art, Dion was an art educator for 15 years at the secondary level, where she designed and taught the curriculum for gifted art students and served on state teams evaluating high school art departments for state and national accreditation.
Dion also has served as an adjunct instructor at Maryville University; as the director of the Emerging Artists as Entrepreneurs program for the Saint Louis Art Fair; and the visual arts chair for the Manchester Arts Board of Directors.
Previously, she served for 19 years as the executive director of Art Saint Louis.
Throughout her career, Dion has worked with a variety of non-profit arts organizations, holding positions as president and director. She also has served as a curator or juror for more than 125 local, regional and national exhibitions.