Diana Eicher is MCAD’s Printshop and Paper Studio Coordinator. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MFA from the University of Hawaii. She spent a year studying painting, art history, and anatomy in Italian at the Accademia di Belle Arti, in Venice, Italy and studied aluminum plate lithography at a summer workshop at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM. Diana was the Studio & Visual Arts Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Student Unions from 1995-2001. Diana and has taught at the University of Hawaii, the Honolulu Printmaking Workshop, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Bloomington Art Center, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Textile Center of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Diana is a representative for Speedball Art Products and Akua Inks, and frequently teaches classes and workshops at art supply stores. A portfolio collaboration organized by Eicher was accepted to the permanent collection of the University of the West of England’s Centre for Fine Print Research and was also donated to the Twin Cities’ Domestic Abuse Project, Tubman Family Crisis and Support Services, and Bridges to Safety. Diana had a solo show in Shanghai in 2012, at Donghua University, of 70 of her prints and papercuts, where she also presented two papers at Donghua University. Current research includes an English/Chinese printmaking glossary in order to facilitate communication between Chinese students at MCAD who are studying printmaking. The Glossary will be published by Donghua University Press. Recent group shows include in 2015, “Recollection: from Shadow to Matter” at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and in 2016, at the White Bear Center for the Arts. In 2016, Diana had a solo exhibit of twenty-four papercuts, “Shoe Love is True Love” at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. Upcoming exhibitions include “Shoe Love 2” in the fall of 2017 at Scarborough Fair in St. Anthony Park, Minnesota.
Diana considers it auspicious that her birth announcement was an original print done by the Nigerian printmaker, Uche Okeke.