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Art Gallery features artist, scenes from Indiana

October 5, 2010

KOKOMO, Ind. – Scenes depicting life in Indiana has been captured on linen by artist Diane Tesler and will be featured at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery through November. The show, Diane Tesler: Back Home Again, begins Wednesday, October 13, and will run through Saturday, November 6.

An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, October 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery, followed by the artist’s lecture at 6 p.m. in Hunt Hall, Room 116.


Born in Fort Wayne, Tesler began her painting career in Hawaii, drawn to the quality of the light and a compelling subject: the abandoned cars scattered around the island. These discoveries – the power of light to reveal form, and the beauty of the discarded – have remained a constant in her work ever since.

“I didn’t come back to Indiana until 1986 for a weekend painting trip with a friend,” Tesler said. “Those few days made a big impression. I came back every summer and eventually bought a house in Kewanna.”

She now divides her year between studios in Alexandria and Kewanna, Indiana, where she has purchased and begun to restore a house and an 1889 Odd Fellows lodge hall, using both as studios and subjects for her paintings.

The Art Gallery is located in Alumni Hall. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The Art Gallery is closed on Sunday, Monday, and Friday. Persons without campus parking permits should follow signs to visitor parking. For more information, call (765) 455-9523, or e-mail iukag@iuk.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/07/2014