With an associate’s degree in Graphic Design, credits in Illustration from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and over 25 years of experience in commissioned portraiture, Diane Roberts brings this creative life experience to her current career as Executive Director of Millville, NJ’s Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts.
Diane began her career in the arts as a junior art director at Piercell Advertising, Windsor, Ontario Canada. In 1988, Diane took ownership of the agency, servicing clients such as Chrysler Canada and Hiram Walkers. For 8 years, her duties included maintaining working relationships with management of large corporations, while remaining a creative designer for large campaigns. After closure of the agency, Diane spent many years as a freelance illustrator and portrait artist, working mainly in graphite and colored pencil. Residing in Millville for over 20 years, Diane has created many portraits for the New Jersey State Police, historical art for the Millville Army Airfield Museum, is the official artist for the New Jersey Motorsports art, book illustrations and continues with private commissioned art. Diane has originals in the National Boy Scout Museum permanent collection, the US Navy Blue Angels headquarters in Pensacola Florida, the New Jersey State Police Museum, and other private collections.
In October 2018, Diane had a solo art exhibit at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ. The show included 55 original portraits in graphite, and several colored pencil pieces. Since the solo exhibit, Diane has entered work into other gallery exhibits including Nashville North Studios, the Village on High Gallery, and RRCA.
As the Executive Director of the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts since 2014, Diane has a strong passion for making the public art center an accessible, exciting, educational and warm venue for both artists and patrons. As an artist herself, she understands what support is necessary for the working artist to obtain success in the art world.