Phillips' B-W photos earn her River City artist of month honor

SubmittedWinning image: “Day Lily,” by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute, was awarded first place in photography at River City Art Association’s ninth annual juried exhibition in 2017.

Black-and-white photographic works by Dian Der Ohanian Phillips will be featured throughout June in River City Art Association’s artist of the month gallery space at the Vigo County Public Library.

The Terre Haute artist works primarily in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her paintings and her black-and-white photographs are strongly influenced by nature and rural scenes.

Phillips has always been a visual artist, she states in her artist’s biography. Growing up in New Albany, Indiana, she took every elective art class in middle and high school, and took Saturday morning art classes at the University of Louisville. Also during that time (and long before online courses), she began correspondence course work with art instruction schools. That foundation course in drawing, painting and commercial art gave her the skills to be hired in an art department immediately after high school graduation.

As a scholarship student at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Phillips received a bachelor’s of fine arts in visual communications. Her foundation courses included fine art and photography (where she learned darkroom skills). She completed a master’s program at Indiana University, and did additional post-graduate work at Boston University. While at Herron, she studied painting with professors Harry A. Davis, Edmund Brucker, Robert Berkshire and Sarah Burns. 

Phillips was a graphic designer/art director for the majority of her professional life. Her career began when layouts were created on a drawing board using the tools of the trade: X-acto knives, rubber cement, ruling pens and acetate overlays. Twenty years later, she transitioned from drawing board to Macintosh computers. Her photography also transitioned from film/darkrooms to digital cameras. She continued her fine art pursuits during those years by taking drawing and painting classes. 

After retiring, Phillips began painting again full-time and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Indiana and Illinois. Her art is in private collections throughout the United States.


RCAA membership is open to Indiana and Illinois artists age 18 and older. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the library at Seventh and Poplar streets unless otherwise noted.

For more details, visit or call Todd Stokes at 812-232-0048.