Diane Bush was born in Buffalo, New York. At 18, she emigrated to England with a draft dodger in response to the Vietnam War. After living there for ten years (1969-1979) as a political refugee, student and documentary photographer, Bush returned to the U.S. to care for her mother. She then earned an MFA from S.U.N.Y., her thesis work documenting the revitalization of Buffalo’s downtown. While in New York, Bush worked as a Staff Photographer for ABC and PBS then as an educator, exhibiting nationally and in Buffalo at HALLWALLS and The Albright –Knox Art Gallery.
During her time in Nevada, Bush has been awarded numerous grants and a Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council for her photography. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, China, Germany, Sweden, the U.K., and throughout the U.S. in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. Her monograph, WARHEADS is in the permanent collection of the Tate Modern, London. She works between photography, video, performance and mixed media, and her art is shaped by her politics, sense of community and her desire to make the world a better place.
Part of a 20-year long project called 500 Channels, Bush’s Talking Pictures are satirical works appropriating imagery from television programming including daytime dramas and network news with viewer-activated sound-bites.
Diane lives in Las Vegas with her husband, cat and tortoise, while making art and volunteering with local art non-profits.