Diane T. Pinchot, OSU, MFA
Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, second oldest of six children, Diane Pinchot entered the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland after graduating from Villa Angela High School in 1963. She graduated from Ursuline College with a BA in Art Education in 1968. Her assignments have included: Saint Ann’s grade school in Cleveland Heights, Lake Catholic High School in Lake County, Beaumont High School in Cleveland Heights and for 38 years – Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.
After completing several degrees, an MALS at Wesleyan University in Conn. concentrating in metals and a terminal degree an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1990 at Ohio University; the Diocesan Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador asked her to come and help design and build an altar on the spot where the Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave. Over time the Central American martyrs, especially Dorothy Kazel, a member of the Ursuline community, inspired her to become more active in social justice groups within the community and other national organizations.
Eventually the legacy of the Churchwomen, inspired her to take a non-violent civil disobedient action, causing her to serve time in a Federal prison in 2009. Her artwork has also reflected this transformation, becoming more narrative and engaging the viewer to question the meaning behind the form. She has exhibited her work internationally, nationally and regionally and has come to realize the sacred connection between being actively engaged in justice work and the arts especially when it is grounded in faith, love and nonviolence.
Currently Diane is Professor Emeritus, Ursuline College and is now working as a full time artist and advocate.
Article Gallery by appointment 15316 Waterloo Cleveland, Ohio 44110