Diane Pieri (Philadelphia, PA), perhaps best known for her paintings and public art projects, has recently created a series of etchings based upon her travels in India. Pieri received her BFA from Tyler School of art in 1969. She has since had 27 solo exhibitions and 180 national and international group exhibitions. She has been the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Grants (1999/1992), two Independence Foundation Fellowships in the Arts (2001/2011) and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant (1992). She was included in the 2005 Philagrafika Invitational Portfolio. In 2006 Pieri's public art project, Manyunk Stoops: Heart and Home, a series of 9 seating elements fabricated in Italian tesserae, was installed along the Manayunk towpath through the Fairmount Park Art Association's New Land Marks Program. Working with Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program, Pieri has completed 10 murals since 2001. Since 2008 she has completed 4 murals in College Station, Texas. In 2005 Pieri founded the Cooke Museum of Art, modeled after the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at the Jay Cooke Elementary School in North Philadelphia. This museum is the only museum established within a Philadelphia public school.