Diana Behl is an artist and educator based in Brookings, SD. She holds an MFA and MA (2005/04) in Printmaking from The University of Iowa, a BFA (2001) in Two-Dimensional and Design Studies from Bowling Green State University, and is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at South Dakota State University. Behl has received grants from the Bush and Griffith Foundations and the South Dakota Arts Council to support her artistic and teaching practices, which are rooted in traditional printmaking processes and works on paper.
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A current South Dakota Arts Council Fellowship recipient, Behl is creating a serial project titled Line is a Thread—named after a lecture she delivered to the University of Virginia in February 2022. The extensive project centers on the conceptual, emotional, and visual aspects of line throughout her practice. The project will incorporate a set of 28 new works using traditional etchings and relief prints, drawings, collages, and text-based works celebrating the everyday, documenting time, and abstraction. The number 28 is representative of the birth month of her mother and grandmother.