Diana Michelle Hausam earned her degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in darkroom photography and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Arkansas. She is the recipient of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2009 Annual Bibba Pruet Scholarship. She used the scholarship to purchase a large format film camera and document the old Gypsy Camp for Girls in rural Northwest Arkansas. She teaches photography and Photoshop at Northwest Technical Institute as well as the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She displays her Fine Art at galleries and museums both locally and regionally and is a part of various personal collections. She directed the documentary short Westland about the reclusive outsider artist Tim West, which has aired on AETN and was a part of the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She is currently working on the feature length documentary about Tim West. Diana is also working on a book about families living off grid in the Ozarks using the medium of tintype photography. Her work will be featured in South Carolina during ArtFields 2020 and can presently be seen at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and the traveling exhibit Small Works on Paper as well as M2 Gallery in Little Rock.
Nothing is as new as something which has been long forgotten”
– German Proverb
My work is very personal and I believe this is evident in my art as I individually unearth my fears to the world, the ones that haunt me. My subjects become animated through their disfigured and expressive bodies and what remains is strong. They have been secretly waiting for me to celebrate them.
My subjects are deeply hidden and I must go find them in order to find myself.