Diane Matyas grew up in Ithaca, New York. She earned the BFA and MFA degrees from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, & Planning, where she concentrated on intaglio and lithographic printmaking. With drawing mediums such as pen, charcoal, and now wood burning, she interprets science and mythology, and their connections. She recently created The Bride’s Chair for the Noble Collection’s Titanic exhibition. Matyas came to Staten Island in 1986 and worked as a teaching artist at many NYC cultural organizations. She became Program Manager at the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and in 1999, the Noble Maritime Collection’s first Director of Programs; she is currently directs exhibitions and programs at the Staten Island Museum. In 2007 Matyas created the book, The Terrible Captain Jack Visits the Museum -or-A Guide to Museum Manners for Incorrigible Pirates and the Like, published by the Noble Maritime Collection. This year she is collaborating on Loss, a book for children about bereavement, which will be on sale tomorrow at a reception at the Staten Island Children’s Museum, as well as here in our museum shop.
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