DeAnn L. Prosia studied at Northern Illinois University and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born in Chicago and currently lives in Connecticut. For three years she lived overseas in Germany where she had two one person shows. She has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Artists since 2014 and is represented at The Old Print Shop in NYC and by several print dealers.
Prosia is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Boston Printmakers, the Allied Artist of America (Elected Member), the Audubon Artists (Associate Member), American Women’s Artists (Associate with Distinction), Silvermine Guild Art Center, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and The Print Club of Albany.
She has won many awards for her work including the American Women Artists Award of Recognition for Best Composition / Award of Excellence; The Allied Artists of America Award for Graphics / Silver Medal of Honor Award / Art Times Award for Graphics; Pacific States Biennial National Printmaking Exhibition’s Juror’s Award from Juror Willie Cole and The Speedball Purchase Award from Juror Richard Estes.
Her etching, “Under the Elevated” is in the permanent collection of The Rockwell Museum – A Smithsonian Affiliation in Corning, NY. Other etchings are in the collections of the New York Public Library, New York, NY; Newark Public Library, Special Collections, Newark, NJ; Rutgers University Collection, NJ; Syracuse University Art Collections, Syracuse, NY; The New York Historical Society Museum & Library, NYC; The Graphic Gallery Fund Collection, Varna, Bulgaria; Jundt Art Museum, Spokane, WA among others.
ARTIST STATEMENT:I’m fascinated by architecture and how people create buildings and structures to fill a need for their lives whether it be practical and/or aesthetically. When showing my work, people usually feel a connection to the place first and then see the details. I am flattered by this, but instead of saying, “I’ve been there”, I’d like people to focus on the uniqueness of the marriage between the buildings and their surroundings as well as the technique of the piece itself. I use only lines in my work, mostly crosshatching. With a needle, I draw through a wax barrier that’s rolled onto a copper plate (called the ground). I place the copper plate in an acid bath that etch lines into the plate. Shallow lines (6 minutes or less) or deep ones (up to an hour) hold the ink that is worked into them. When printed, these light and dark areas create the image and give a beautiful textural feel to the pieces. I believe that this type of medium and my line work is a perfect match for my subject matter as it is architectural in itself.