Diana Pumpelly Bates

Diana Pumpelly Bates


   San Jose, CA

Diana Pumpelly Bates is a sculptor and public artist working in bronze, iron, and steel. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; The Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA; the Oliver Art Center at California College of Arts and Crafts; the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee; and John Jay College, New York. She has completed several public art commissions for transportation agencies in the region, and a number of Public Art Programs in Northern California. She also exhibits in galleries and has served on numerous consultant teams, advisory committees, and review panels.


What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?

Receiving this Fellowship was an affirmation of my contributions to the visual character of many locations regionally.

What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

My work continues to evolve and change visually because creating artworks in public locations requires me to conceptually address the context of the site. This process influences, inspires, and directs my creative response for the proposed artwork.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?