|Dianne Kornberg is an artist known for her work with biological specimens, and for her large-scale black and white gelatin silver prints. Although she was trained as a painter, her medium, for thirty-five years, has been photography. For fifteen years, the subjects of her work were laboratory specimens collected for scientific study. Most recently, she has been collaborating with poets.
Kornberg was raised in Richland, Washington. She received her BFA from the University of Washington and her MFA from Indiana University in Painting. She is a Professor Emerita at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and resides in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
Kornberg has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally in more than thirty solo exhibitions. Her work is represented in several important collections including those of the Henry Art Gallery, Houston Museum of Art, International Center for Photography, Princeton Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She has been featured in several book publications including Contemporary Art in the Northwest, 100 Artists of the West Coast, and Selected Works of the Portland Art Museum.
Her work is the subject of four books: Field Notes, Photographs by Dianne Kornberg, The Art Gym 2007, with an essay by Terry Toedtemeier; India Tigers, William James & Co. 2009, with an afterword by Kim Stafford; Madonna Comix with poet Celia Bland, Media F8 2014, with an Introduction by Luc Sante; and Bindle with poet Elisabeth Frost, Richochet Editions 2015, with essays by Prudence F. Roberts and Rachael Blau DuPlessis.