Joseph Di Bella

Joseph Di Bella, Distinguished Professor of Art, has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1977. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 to 1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at Mary Washington. From 1994 to 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

On his work, Di Bella writes:

“The vanitas theme underlies much of my art. It manifests itself in questions about spirituality and materialism, personal uniqueness lost to collective identity, tentative balances between antagonists, and impaired beauty. Often these questions take the form of divisions, separations and confluence of disparate elements of media, technique, representation, abstraction, pattern, color and form. While seeking beauty in expressive form, these elements often yield to tension and tentative symmetry.”

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