1971 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1978 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago



     Point of view, JTT, New York


Diane Simpson Cardboard, 1978-1980, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Diane Simpson: Sculpture, Drawing, Prints 1976-2014,  Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK


Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson, Frye Museum, Seattle WA

Architecture in Motion, Performance, Minneapolis, MN

Architecture in Motion, Performance, Chicago IL


        Diane Simpson, Herald St, London, UK

2016  Diane Simpson: Samurai, JTT, New York

         Diane Simpson, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago (catalog)

         Diane SimpsonWindow Dressing, Museum of Contemporary Art/Chicago

2015  Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston  (career survey - catalog) 

 Lesley Vance and Diane Simpson, Herald St, London,UK 

         Lui Shtini and Diane Simpson, Silberkuppe, Berlin,DE         

2014 Window Dressing, NYU Broadway Windows, New York

2013 Diane Simpson, JTT, New York 

        Diane Simpson, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago  (catalog)        

2011 Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

2010 Chicago Cultural Center (30-year retrospective - catalog)

2008 Alfedena Gallery, Chicago

2007 Window Dressing, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

2006 Herron Galleries, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana

2005 I space, Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2003 Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

2001 Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan (catalog)

1999 Fassbender Gallery, Chicago

1995 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

1992 Dart Gallery, Chicago

1983 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago

1980 Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York 

1979 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago



The Grid and the Curve, JTT, New York

Looking Back/The 12th White Columns Annual; Curated by Mary Manning; White Columns Gallery, NY


Annotations and Immprovisations; Curated by Kristen Becker; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York

Private Eye: The Imagist Impulse In Chicago Art- Collection of Christopher Slapak and Michael Robertson, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Off Road II, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout, Belgium


Making Knowing Craft in Art, 1950-2019, Whitney Museum of American Art

Duro Olowu: Seeing ChicagoMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago


The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Travels to FRAC Lorraine Metz, France and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England.

Whitney Biennial,   New York, NY

Herald St/Museum St, London UK


Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Objects Like Us, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

Wiggle Wiggle, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

The House of Fame, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham UK


Gray Matters, Organized by Michael Goodson, Wexner Art Center, Columbus Ohio

The Idea of a Boundary,Ten women artists undeterred by boundaries, Organized by Jackie Im, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, San Francisco, CA


These Are Flat Things And Things Which Are Not Flat, Organized by Katarina Burin, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, UK

See sun, and think shadow, Gladstone Gallery, New York

Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection , The Hessel Museum at Bard Collage, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell, Chicago


Unorthodox,  Jewish Museum, New York

About Face, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

Bonsai #5,  Maccarone, New York

Over & Under, organized by Matt Keegan, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Off Broadway, organized by Nairy Baghramian, The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA 


Jo Baer, Anne Neukamp, Diane Simpson, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York 

All Summer In A Day, Matt Conners, Kristan Kennedy, Owen Kydd, Diane Simpson, Erika Verutti, Fourteen 30 Contemporary, Portland, OR

Displayed, Anton Kern, New York, Curated by Matthew Higgs

My Hand Is My Bite, Monique Meloche, Chicago, Curated by Dan Gunn

What Not to Wear: Women Sculptors, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, Washington DC, curated by Olivia Kohler-Maga

Seeing Is A Kind Of Thinking/A Jim Nutt Companion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, curated by Julia Rodriques Widholm

INsideOUT, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois;

Concurrent, Traveling four-person exhibition: University of Tennessee; William Patterson U.; Lehigh U.; Bradley U.; West Virginia U.; Bucknell U. (catalog)

Begin Again Right Back Here, White Columns, New York City, guest curator, B.Wurtz

Soft Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
curated by Staci Boris  

Black & White, Linda Ross contemporary/Art+Projects, Huntington Woods, Michigan

The Art of Containment, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, Raye Bemis, Michele Feder Nadoff, Diane Simpson 

Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Artists and Clothing, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (catalog)
curated by Sean Ulmer

Art in Chicago: 1945-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (catalog) 
curated by Lynne Warren

Imagining Form, State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, guest curator, Victor Cassidy

100 Artists, 100 Years, Art Institute of Chicago, guest curator, Katharine Kuh (catalog)

New Dimensions: Volume and Space, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois 
curated by Pauline Saliga


Sarah Rose Sharp, Hyperallergic:

Amy sherlock, Contemporary Art Daily:

Tessa Paneth-Pollak, Big Red and Shiny:

Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe:


2019 Anonymous Was A Woman Award
2018 Graham Foundation Research Grant

2010 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant
2007 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council
2001 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council 
1997 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council
1995 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council
1993/94 Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Arts Midwest/NEA
1983 Fellowship in Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council
1980 Walter M. Campana Prize, Art Institute of Chicago
1978 E. Garrison Prize, Art Institute of Chicago


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, Illinois
EMMA-Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
James Thompson Center, Chicago: The Illinois Collection
Kadist Foundation, Paris, FR; San Francisco, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art/Chicago
Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
M. Woods Museum, Beijing


School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University at Indianapolis
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut 
Noddingham Contemporary, Nottingham, U.K.
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Munich, Germany


Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago 
JTT, New York 
Herald St, London, UK