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 seven 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.
Jeon's work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe. She has solo exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art as well as A Smith Gallery (TX), Truth and Beauty (BC Canada). Other her work has been seen include the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Diego Art Institute, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Soho Photo, and Tethys Gallery.
She has received multiple awards for her work including: Overall Winner, Cell Phone Category Winner, five category Runner-ups and one Honorable Mention in the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron awards; four Recognition Purchase Awards from the Hawaii State Foundation of Art and Culture; three Silver awards in the 2018 Moscow International Foto Awards, Finalist in the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron awards as well as in two categories in the 2016 Pollux Awards; 1st Place at the 5th Annual Mobile Photo Awards.
Jeon’s art has been featured in a wide array of publications, including Gente di Fotografia, Shots magazine, the OD Review, the Huffington Post, Lens Culture, In the In-Between, The Hand, Don't Take Pictures, Binfeng Space Art/Culture magazine, PhotoPhore, Corriere della Sera, L’arena and the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Her works are in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the State of Hawaii Art in Public Places program, the International Printing Museum, the Albert O. Kuhn Library Special Collections Department at University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Haverford College.
PLAYA at Summerlake, Summerlake, OR. Awarded a 4-week, fully funded artist residency
Double Dog Dare Studio, Kauai, HI. One week Photo-litho and Monoprint residency
2007 – 2013
Lecturer, New Media Arts, Kapi'olani Community College, Honolulu, HI (Intro to Digital Art; Digital Imaging; Motion Graphics; Digital Multimedia)
2008 – 2010
Lecturer, Art, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI (Expanded Art)
Instructor of Record, Printmaking, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (Photo-Digital Processes in Non-Toxic Printmaking)
Instructor of Record, Printmaking, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (Introduction to Non-Toxic Printmaking)
Teaching Assistant, Photography, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (Time and Sequence)
Teaching Practicum, Printmaking, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (Introduction to Non-Toxic Printmaking)
Instructor, Kapi'olani Community College, Non-Credit Division, Honolulu, HI (Introduction to Photoshop)