Joseph Di Bella is an American artist in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His abstract work explores experimental as well as traditional painting and drawing mediums. He taught painting and drawing and also served as university gallery director and co-director of the Summer Study in Urbino, Italy Program at the University of Mary Washington. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in local, regional, national and international venues.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia (USA) | BA in Art History, Rutgers University | MA and MFA in Painting, Northern Illinois University
Selected Exhibits and Publications: Summer Red, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia (national juried) July 2022 | Winter White, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia (national juried) December 2021 | (award) Annual Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, Virginia August 2021 | (award) Constellations, Group Exhibition, Galeria Azur, Madrid, Spain, June-July 2021 | National Watercolor Society Members Annual Exhibition, NWS Gallery, San Pedro, California, April-May 2020 | Makers and Mystics, Denver Fellowship Church, Denver, Colorado, October – November 2019 | First Fruits, CIVA Travel Exhibition (award) 2027-2019 | Studio Visit, A Juried Selection of International Artists, Volume 33, Open Studio Press, 2016 | Breath that Fades Away, Solo Exhibition, Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, September-October 2015 | Biennale di Palermo, International Juried Exhibition, Palermo, Sicily and Florence, Italy, January – March 2015 | Virginia NWS Watercolorists, A Group Invitational Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, May 2014 | National Watercolor Society 93rd Annual, NWS Gallery, San Pedro, California, November 2013-January 2014 | Annual International Juried Exhibition, Gallery 110, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, Washington, February 2012 | Field Maneuvers, Solo Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, Virginia, September-November 2011 | Annual Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, Virginia, May-June 2010 | (award) Solo Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, New York, New York, January 2006 | Egg Tempera: An Enduring Tradition, International Invitational Travel Exhibition, 2002-2003 | 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic National Works on Paper, d’Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia, April-June 2002 | Small Works Invitational Exhibition, 1208 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, December 2001 | Annual Juried Exhibition, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, June-July 2001 | Solo Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, New York, New York, June-July 2001.
Transience in its contrast to the ineffable and unchanging is at the core of my work. As in the theme of Ecclesiastes, everything is impermanent and fades. References to clouds, smoke, glare, withered flowers and foliage, all of which are temporary and vanish, suggest emergence, submergence, ascent, descent and slippage of life: vanitas