Assoc. Prof. Diane Ayott in Department of State’s Art Bank Program

June 3, 2011

It’s a ‘Wild Party’
LOCAL WOMAN’S ARTWORK IS ON DISPLAY WITH FAMOUS ARTISTS’ PIECES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

By Amanda McGregor STAFF WRITER, The Salem News

Diane Ayott’s “Wild Party” sounds like a gleeful soiré©e, but it’s actually an acrylic and paper collage that is garnering national attention.
It all began when Ayott had a solo exhibit at a New York gallery last year. Ayott, who is an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, is an abstract painter who works in mixed media.
At her exhibit, curators from the U.S. Department of State’s Art Bank program purchased two of her paintings, “Wild Party” and “Slow Thoughts,” for the Art Bank, which manages a collection of contemporary American art that is displayed in the State Department’s offices and annexes.
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