After completing several degrees, a BA in Art Education from Ursuline College in 1968, an MALS  concentrating in Metals from Wesleyan University in Conn. in 1980, and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture at Ohio University in 1990, the Diocesan Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador asked Diane to help design and build an altar on the spot where the Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave during the 1980’ civil war.


Over the last 40 years the Central American martyrs, especially Dorothy Kazel, a fellow member of her Ursuline community, inspired Diane to become more active in social justice groups within her community and other national organizations.  Her artwork has also reflected this transformation, becoming more narrative and engaging the viewer to question the meaning behind the form. Diane Therese’s artwork  has been included in juried regional, national, and international shows. She has come to realize the sacred connection between being actively engaged in social justice work and the arts, especially when it is grounded in compassion and nonviolence.


Retired after 51 years of teaching, Diane Therese Pinchot was awarded Professor Emerita from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio in 2019. Currently she is working as a studio artist at Article Gallery in the Collinwood Arts District in Cleveland, Ohio and active on several social justice non-profit boards.