Diane Simpson is a Chicago-based artist who creates sculpture and preparatory drawings that evolve from a diverse range of sources, including clothing, utilitarian objects, and architecture. The structures of clothing forms has continuously informed her work, serving as a vehicle for exploring their functional and sociological roles and the influence of the design and architecture of various cultures and periods in history.
Her wide selection of materials (wood perforated metals, linoleum, fabrics, etc.) reflect her interest in the coexistence of the industrial/architectonic and domestic worlds.
Diane Simpson received an MFA in 1978 and a BFA in 1971 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010, a thirty-year retrospective exhibition of her sculpture and drawings was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. An 88 page catalog was produced in conjunction with this exhibit.
Recent one and two-person exhibitions were held at Herald St, London, UK; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; MCA/Chicago; ICA/Boston; NYU Broadway Windows, New York; and Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE.
Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2019 Whitney Biennial; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; White Columns, New York; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York; Maccarone, New York; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles; Yale Union, Portland Oregon; and most recently, The Jewish Museum, New York; Gladstone Gallery, New York; and The Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Simpson's work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford IL; The James R. Thompson Illinois Center, Chicago, IL; the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewiston, PA; and the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR.
Simpson's grants and awards include a research grant from the Graham Foundation; Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Fellowship; an Illinois Arts Council IAS-Project Grant; five Illinois Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship awards and the Walter M Campana and E. Garrison Prizes from the Art Institute of Chicago "Chicago and Vicinity" exhibitions.
Diane Simpson is represented by Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; and Herald St, London, UK.