Bio | Artist Resume | Career Resume

Diane Olson-Bush was born in Buffalo, N.Y. At the age of 18, she emigrated to the U.K. with a draft dodger, in response to the Vietnam War. After living there for ten years and working as a documentary photographer, she returned to the U.S. to attend to her ailing parents. Once back in Buffalo, N.Y. she obtained her Master's Degree in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffaloi by documenting local boxing gyms and billiard halls.

After graduating, she spent seven years as staff photographer at the local affiliate of the National Public Broadcasting and ABC-TV stations. At the same time she pursued self-imposed artistic projects and established a public arts organization.

Diane returned to academia by spending six years as the Coordinator of the Photography Department at a local two-year college just outside of Buffalo. While her students were winning numerous national awards and prizes, Diane was doing the same with her own professional and artistic work, through the generosity of such entities as Kodak, Polaroid, Women in Photography, Nikon, Ilford, the Royal Photographic Society, Friends of Photography (San Francisco), The Albright –Knox Art Gallery, and the United Nations.

Throughout her professional career, Diane has continued to exhibit her work in approximately 2-5 group shows per year, and has been both exhibited and published locally, nationally, and internationally, including shows in Japan, China, Great Britain, Germany, Czechoslovakia and France. Since her relocation to Las Vegas in 1997, she has been awarded 15 grants and a Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council. In 2009 she became a U.S.A. Fellowship nominee. Diane continues to teach occasional photographic workshop and donates her time to many local non-profit art organizations.

Diane’s satirical and fine art imagery sourced from T.V. screens spans over 30 years, and includes videos, talking pictures, performance work, and stills.
Bush’s recently published monograph, WARHEADS contains images that satirize America’s news censorship of the Iraqi War. These were created by shooting TV surfaces with a macro lens at obtuse angles and throwing bleach on her C-prints.

Currently, she is creating new “Im-BLEACHments” by further bleaching of WARHEADS and other prints to the point of abstraction. Diane hopes to use these re-worked abstract prints to bring to light another social problem: the blinding and de-facing of women who have acid thrown in their faces by spurned suitors, angry husbands or the Taliban who try to discourage girls from attending school. These Imbleachments can be seen at

Diane is a past President and Secretary of the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas where she lives with her artist husband, Steve Baskin, and Mookie the cat. Both she and her husband collect everything vintage but have a very soft spot for anything mid-century, mod and psychedelic.

Artist Resume

OCCUPATION  Artist, Cultural/Recreation Supervisor, Clark County Parks and Recreation, Mid-Century Consultant,



City and Guilds Certificate in Studio Photography, Paddington Technical College, London, UK

MFA in Photography, 1981- State University of New York at Buffalo



2009  Phenominal Photography, Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

          Instant Gratification, Copro Gallery, Bergamot Arts Complex, L.A., California

          Ersatz Group Show, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, California

          Snap to Grid Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, L.A., California

          Selected Works, Center for the Arts, University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

          WARHEADS, Andre Aggassi Prep. High School, Las Vegas, NV

          Your Future Starts Here, The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas

2008  The Im-BLEACHment of George W. Bush, outdoor public art performance, Las Vegas, Nevada

          Macro-Micro, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

          Please Ring Bell, (curated by Rod Slemmons), Photographic Center Northwest, Portland

          Best of Polaroid, Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, New York

          The War in Iraq, Reconnect USA, Providence, Rhode Island

           Juried Show, Palo Verde Art Center, Los Angeles, California

2007   Permission to Speak Freely, The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada (solo show)

          Live Free, Rhonda Schaller Studio, Chelsea, New York City, New York

          Altered Barbie, Market St. Gallery, San Francisco, California

2006  12/24, Burchfield-Penny Arts Center, Buffalo, New York. (solo show)

2005  freedom…response, Gage Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

          Connections, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

2004  BE THE REVOLUTION,  The Arts Factory, Las Vegas, Nevada

           SNAP, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2003  Man in Focus, Der Reiss  Engelhorn–Museen, Mannheim, Germany

          Big Orbit 10 Year Survey /Selections, Big Orbit, Buffalo, New York.

2002  Secrets and Deceptions, The Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, Nevada

          Five Photographers, The Marjorie Barrick, UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada

2000  BLOCKBUSTER!, Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York.

1999  Mooch, The Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, Nevada

1998  Read My Lips, The Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada (solo show)

          Seven Photographers, Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1998   Artists and Architects,  UNLV , Las Vegas, Nevada 

1997  Small Wonders, C.E.P.A., Buffalo, New York

1996  In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

          Alert Aesthetics, American Center for Culture and Commerce, Prague, Czech Republic

 1994  2nd Annual International Print Biennial , Sapparo, Japan

1992  Icons and Idols, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

          Celebrations of Freedom, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, California

          Top Ten, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

1991  In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

          Portfolio Show, The New York Society of Publication Designers, N.Y., N.Y.

1986  Taking Liberty, The Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y.

1982  The Taking of Niagara, (curated by Tony Bannon) Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

1981  In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

          Main Street, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, New York (solo show)

1978  Women at Work, Bradford University, Bradford, United Kingdom (solo show)

1977  Stand-up, Hang-up, Put-Down, Artists’ Space, London, United Kingdom

1976  Men by Women, Half Moon Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1975  Women by Women, Half Moon Gallery, London, United Kingdom

1974  Down Wapping, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, United Kingdom


2009  U.S.A. Fellowship nominee

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2000,1999, and 1998 Jackpot! Grant, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada

2008  Honorable Mention, Lucie Awards, N.Y.C.

2007  Bright Lights City, new work commissioned by Jerry Schefcik, C.H.A.C., Las Vegas, Nevada

2006  Artist Grant Puffin Foundation, N.Y.C. , New York

2002  Individual Artist Fellowship, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada

         “Toy Capsule” Interior Wall commission, the Friends of the Henderson Library, Henderson, Nevada

          Honor Award, American Institute of Architects for “Toy Capsule

2000  Aerial Gallery, public art commissioned by the City of Las Vegas, N.V.

1996  Color Photography Award, “In Western N.Y.” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

1994  Kodak Educators’ Scholarship to attend Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

          Artists Residency, C.E.P.A., Buffalo, N.Y.

          Kodak Educators’ Grant to attend Camden Imaging Center, Rockport, Maine

1992  Gold Award for Photography, Art Directors/Communicators Club of Buffalo

1989  Main Street, Bus Show, public art commissioned by C.E.P.A. , Buffalo, New York

1988  and 1989  Portfolio Award, Women in Photography Annual Award

1981  Graduate Teaching Assistantship tuition grant, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, New York

1971-1979 U.K.

         Artist Grant, Yorkshire Arts Association, Yorkshire

         The British National Photographic Competition Award, Nikon, London

         Best Photography The Royal Photographic Society Award, London  



2009 EXPLORING COLOR PHOTOGRPHY, International Edition, Robert Hirsch, Light Research

2008 PHOTOGRAPHIC POSSIBILITIES  3rd Edition, by Robert Hirsch, 2008 Light Research            

2006 WARHEADS photographs by Diane Bush monograph published by KuDa Editions

2004 HELMUT GERNSHEIM, “Man in Focus” Hard Bound, printed in Germany, 2004

1997 EXPLORING COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY, By Robert Hirsch  1997 Light Research

1974  DOWN WAPPING by EXIT A Photographic Study of the East End Docklands of London,              



2009  BLVDS., (cover design) Las vegas

1997  Artweek, U.S.A. (“Artists and Architects”)

1996  FUSED, London, U.K.

1995  Photo District News, New York, U.S.A. (“DigITALY”)

1992  Camera Austria, Austria (“Brits”)

1989  P/F, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (“Brits”)

1987  Photo/Design, U.S.A. (Brits)

1986  American Photo, U.S.A.

1976  Time Out, London, U.K. (“Women by Women”)

1974  The British Journal of Photography, London, United Kingdom (“Down Wapping”)


2008   The Im-BLEACHment of George W. Bush, 5 min, documentary of the performance, now on Youtube

1995   The Televangelists, 10 min. Color Documentary,

1994   Main Street , 5 min. Black & White, PBS Documentary



Helmut Gernscheim, Mannheim, Germany

George Eastman House,Rochester, New York

The Polaroid Collection, Boston

Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, N.Y                                

Yorkshire Arts Council, Leeds, U.K.    

Career Resume

OBJECTIVE   To serve the public through my vast experience in Leadership, Education and Advisement, Outreach, Program and Curriculum Development, Grant Writing, Curatorial Skills, Marketing and Fundraising, and Student Retention, etc.




  • Coordinated Photography Department and taught Large Format, History of Photography, Studio Lighting, Color, and Alternative Processes at small private 2-year liberal arts college for six years before relocating to the Southwest.


  • Turned local non-profit arts organization from an organization in shambles and in debt, to a well-organized and connected one with over $40,000 in the bank, by working as President, on weekends and evenings, over the course of three years.


  • Awarded over $100,000 from Local, State and National foundations and funding bodies over the past 12 years, for myself and other entities.


  • Local, National and International Awards for art and education


  • Published Monograph by independent fine art photography publisher


  • USA Fellowship Nominee, Nevada Arts Council Fellow




 1999 - Present: Cultural/ Recreational Supervisor, Clark County, Las Vegas, NV

 1997 -1999:       Director, The Contemporary Arts Council, Las Vegas, NV

 1997 -1998:       Adjunct Lecturer: College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

 1989 -1997:       Department Coordinator, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY




University of New York at Buffalo, M.F.A. Fine Art Photography, 1981

Paddington Technical College, City & Guilds Cert. in Photography, 1974, London, U.K.

Clark County University, 11 years of monthly professional development classes

Villa Maria College, classes in Etching, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Buffalo, NY


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