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Artist Bio

Honolulu, HI-based artist Diana Nicholette Jeon spent 10 years working in high tech before returning to school to pursue her first love, art. Perhaps due to her experiences working in California's Silicon Valley, she fell in love with Photoshop when she first encountered it in 1994. In school, she gravitated immediately to digital tools, while still pursuing training in traditional media. She attended the University of Hawaii where she received a BA in Studio Art (2003) then was awarded her MFA in Imaging and Digital Art from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (2006.) She spent 7 years teaching digital imaging and motion graphics at the college level in Hawaii before she decided to plunge into producing her art on a full-time basis. More…

artist statement

I use my work to process my emotions about a specific event or series of events, and to give voice to those emotions so that others may “hear” them, too. Much of the work comments on social, political and/or cultural issues, such as war, women's issues, or issues arising from living in a island paradise living off tourism and suffering from how others romanticize the islands and our peoples. I often use beauty as a conceit to entice a viewer to look at an ugly truth that they might otherwise not consider. More…

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Honors, awards, and recognition

Recent honors and awards include being overall winner of the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award; an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Texas Photographic Society Alternative Process and Integrated Media Exhibition; a Top 3 selection for Juror Collier Brown in the 2018 Rfotofolio Selections, and a Top 200 finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass competition. More…

exhibition history

Solo exhibitions during 2017-18 include Altered Visions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Self-Exposure at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX, I, Orfeo at Truth and Beauty Digital in Vancouver, BC, Self-Exposure, Kirsch Gallery, Honolulu, HI and Diana Nicholette Jeon: The Photography Artist Book Initiative, at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. More…

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Press and Featured Work

Jeon has been featured in interviews in Shots magazine, the Dutch photography magazine Pf, the OD Review and Underexposed. Her work has been seen in numerous publications including Black+White, The Hand, In the In-Between, Lens Culture, Femme Fotale, Edge of Humanity and PhotoPhore. More…