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Diane Rappisi named interim president of Studio Incamminati

Diane Rappisi, a Studio Incamminati alumna who once served as the school's first executive director, has been appointed Interim President.

Rappisi, a longtime professional artist and art educator working primarily in pastels has taught classes and workshops nationwide and internationally. In addition to her artistic expertise, she brings a wealth of experience gained from running a teaching studio in Colorado. 

She sits on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Artists where she is member of the association's Masters Circle. She also is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society and a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Oil Painters of America.

Her work, which has been featured in Pastel Journal, is in numerous private and public collections nationwide and internationally in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD. She holds a host of honors including "Best of Show" at the Pastel Society of Colorado's Mile High Juried International Exhibition, as well as awards from the International Association of Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America. Rappisi has exhibited widely, including exhibitions in Connecticut, Ohio, Texas and New Jersey and The Butler Institute of Art. She also has participated in group shows at Arte et Amicitae, Amsterdam; the National Arts Club, New York; S.R.Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; The Union League, Philadelphia, PA; Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, and the Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY. Diane holds a B.S. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware.

Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art
Since 2002, Studio Incamminati has been in the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary representational art movement. Founded by acclaimed artist Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona, is recognized nationally and internationally for its rigorous curriculum, accomplished instructors and diverse outreach efforts. Modeled on the traditional Italian accademia and French atelier, the school's curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance-era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists and a fresh, contemporary sensibility. “Incamminati” translates as  “moving forward” in Italian and invokes the spirit of its namesake studio founded by the Renaissance artist, Annibale Carracci. Studio Incamminati, one of few schools of its type accredited by the National Associations of Schools of Art and Design, fulfills its vision in a number of ways. In addition to its core Advanced Fine Art Program, the school offers workshops for the general public both in Philadelphia and with the In Your Town programs nationwide. Other programs serve school-age artists and art educators.