ANNA DIBBLE (American b. 1951 - )
My work is based in the wild, driven by how alienated from the natural world we have become and what has occurred because of this. It’s about the time of life on earth: from animals and plants in early oceans recorded in layers of rock to the current dysfunctional ecosystem found in the ice cores and in our planetary lives. Indigenous people’s view of time: Non-linear, circular time. The past in the present. The speed of human change generated by the rotations and seismic activity of the earth, the moon and tidal cycles. All the interconnections. Since March 13th, 2020, when every one of our lives changed in a flash, I’ve continued the evolving series of imaginary landscape, but have expanded my approach. Exploring new mediums and discovering shifting territory as I tap into my inner state: Solitary confinement, vulnerability and resilience, grief about climate change, economic inequality and human disconnection; but also gratitude for friends, and good fortune found in being an artist in this especially strange and unsettling time. The current series, ‘Intrepid Voyagers’, reflects both the pandemic and the climate emergency. Fire appears sometimes as a symbol for the planetary crisis. These paintings emerge from a sense that all living beings are now refugees of a kind - traveling virtually and literally in search of something elusive, something enlightening, perhaps. The paintings address our strong biological urge to survive, hold hope and curiosity close to our hearts, and keep trying to follow unanswered questions, no matter the odds.
Anna Dibble’s paintings have been featured in solo, group, and invitational exhibitions in museums, cultural centers, and galleries for over forty years: Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland. Spaces include the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine, Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine, Elizabeth Wilson Museum in Manchester, Vermont; the Sarah Doyle Gallery of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; the Atrium Gallery of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; the Strathmore Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland; Institute for Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont, and the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dibble was a freelance writer, music composer, and co-designer for multiple animated shorts on Children’s Television Workshop’s Sesame Street. She has designed and created sets for opera and theater, taught workshops in both visual art and writing in Vermont and Maine schools. In the 1980s and 90s she worked in commercial and independent animation in Los Angeles – feature films, television specials, theatrical shorts : Disney, Marvel, Hanna Barbera, MurakamiWolf, Don Bluth, among many others. Primarily a self taught visual artist from a family of self taught professional artists, she studied at Parsons, New School, Boston Museum School, Vermont Studio Center, Pittsburg Art Institute, and from mentors: her father, Thomas Reilly Dibble, sculptor Lothar Wuerslin, printmaker/sculptor George Nama, and painter Paul Stopforth. In 2018 Dibble designed and launched a multi-year collaborative public art/ocean science initiative: The Gulf of Maine Ecology Arts project, which focuses on the changes in biodiversity in the Gulf due to climate change and other human impact. The central piece – a large scale sculpture installation featuring an artist & student-built Right whale, and other endangered marine animals made from recycled, re-purposed materials. First venue: Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science, Boothbay, Maine – Summer/Fall 2021.
ANNA DENNIS DIBBLE 5 Peter Robin Way Freeport, Maine 04032 Cell: 802 430 4165 anna@annadSOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018: ‘A Crossing Place’ Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes, Vermont 2017: George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine 2017: New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, Connecticut 2017: George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine 2016: A.P.E. Ltd Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts 2015: Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont 2012: Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 2011: Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont 2011: Atrium Gallery, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 2010: L.A. Burdick’s, Walpole, New Hampshire 2010: Equinox Village, Manchester, Vermont 2010: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 2010: Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, New York 2009: Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, Burlington, Vermont 2008: Lazy Pear Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2006: Lazy Pear Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2002: Plum Gallery, Williamstown, Massachusetts 2000: Garden Gallery, Londonderry, Vermont 1996: Beside Myself Gallery, Sunderland, Vermont 1994: Beside Myself Gallery, Sunderland, Vermont 1992: Southern VT Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 1979: Southern VT Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 1975: Garden Gallery, Londonderry, Vermont 1973: Southern VT Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2021: ‘Untitled, 2020: Art from Maine in a ————Time’ Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, February 12 – May 31 2020: ‘Hurrah’ George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine, October 24 – November 29 2020: ‘All Together Now’ Season 8, Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, Summer/Fall 2020: ‘Collect’ Institute of Contemporary Art @ MECA, Portland, Maine, June 10 – July 18 2019: ‘Immersion’ Creative Portland, Portland, Maine, April 25 – October 25 2019: ‘Visual Breathing’ – 4 person exhibition – Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, May 21 – June 22 2019: ‘New Growth’ Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes, Vermont June 1 – July 14 2019: ‘Collect’ Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, June 27 – June 29 2018: ‘Visual Breathing’ – 4 person exhibition – Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine 2018: ‘Collect’ Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine 2018: ‘Tap Root’ – Invited New England Artists George Marshall Store Gallery York, Maine 2017: ‘Curator’s Choice’ George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine 2016: George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine 2016: ‘Flight’, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont 2015: ‘Menagerie: Animals in Art’, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont 2013: ‘Between’, Weston, Vermont 2012-2013: Shore Galleries, Provincetown, Massachusetts 2012: Strathmore (invitational), Bethesda, Maryland 2012: Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont 2009-2013: Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont 2011-2013: West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe, Vermont 2012-2013: Gander Gallery, Manchester, Vermont 2011: Washington Art Association, Washington, Connecticut 2011: The Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut 2010: SEABA – Burlington, Vermont 2009: Elizabeth De C. Wilson Museum – ‘Art of Canines’, Manchester, Vermont 2009: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 2009: Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, Vermont 2009: Fernwood Gallery, Norwell, Massachusetts 2006 – 2010: Collection – Lazy Pear Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont 2004: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont 2003 – 2008: Collection & group exhibits – Plum Gallery, Williamstown, Massachusetts 2002: A.P.E. Gallery, Northhampton, Massachusetts 2000 – 2001: Carving Studio Gallery, Rutland, Vermont 1973 – 2003: Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont 1973 – 1999: Stratton Arts Festival, Stratton, Vermont CORPORATE & PUBLIC COMMISSIONS Sugar Mountain, Liam’s, Seattle, Washington – Paintings Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, 900 Broadway, New York City, New York – Paintings Opera Theatre of Weston, Weston, Vermont – Francesca Zambello’s opera, ‘The Little Prince’, Ravel’s ‘L’Enfant et les Sortileges’: Set Design Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont – Dr. John Nassivera’s play, ‘Revelations’: Set and Costume Design Loewe Theater, New York City, New York – Donald Knaack’s ‘Junk Music’ opera, ‘Odin’: Artistic Direction, Set and Costume Design OTHER CAREER-RELATED HIGHLIGHTS Children’s Television Workshop’s ‘Sesame Street’, New York City: Writer, designer, composer for animation Walt Disney Company, Hanna Barbera, and Marvel Productions, Los Angeles, California: Animation artist AWARDS AND HONORS 2021: ‘Untitled, 2020: Art from Maine in a ————Time’ Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, February 12 – May 31 Challenge Grant: Okemo Community Challenge Grant, Ludlow, Vermont Invitation: ‘Paws and Reflect’ – Elizabeth De C. Wilson Museum, Manchester, Vermont Invitation: ‘Selected Vermont Artists’ – Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont SELECTED EDUCATION Parsons School of Design, New York City Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont Boston Museum School, Boston Massachusetts Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Massachusetts