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painter , writer , art educator

Diana Artemis Mann Shu Kan, Chinese painter, art educator, writer.


Kan, Diana Artemis Mann Shu was born on March 3, 1926 in Hong Kong. Daughter of Kam Shek and Sing-Ying (Hong) Kan. came to the United States, 1949, naturalized, 1964.


Student, Art Students League, 1949—1951. Student, Beaux Arts, Paris, 1951—1952. Student, Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1951—1952.

Student, Ecole Beau Arts, 1952—1954.


Instructor watercolor Philadelphia Museum Art, 1972, Sumi-e Society, 1974—2003, Art Students League of New York, 1985, The National Academy Design, 2001, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, District of Columbia. Foreign correspondent, city editor Cosmorama Pictorial Magazine, Hong Kong, 1968. Art reviewer Villager, New York City, 1960-1969.

Lecturer Birmingham Southern University, New York University, Mills College, St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia Museum, Smithsonian Instn. Keynote speaker Wellsley's College Asia Week, Master of Arts, 1993.


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    • Author: White Cloud, 1938, The How and Why of Chinese Painting, 1974, American Artist Magazine, 1974, 86. One-man shows, London, 1949, 63, 64, Paris, 1949, Hong Kong, 1937, 39, 41, 47, 48, 52, Shanghai, 1935, 37, 39, Nanking, 1936, 38, Macao, 1947, 48, Bankok, 1947, Casablanca, 1951, 52, San Francisco, 1950, 67, New York City, 1950, 54, 59, 67, 71, 72, 74, 78, Naples, 1971, Elliot Museum, Stuart, Florida, 1967, 73, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1969, National History Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 1971, New York Cultural Center Museum, 1972, Galerie Barbarella, Palm Beach, Florida, 1972, Hobe Sound (Florida) Galleries, 1976, 81, National Arts Club, 1979, Dyansen Galleries, 1987-Shenchen Museum, China, 1996, Hong Kong Art Center, 1996, 90 others. Exhibited in group shows Allied Artists of America, 1957-1990, Royal Academy Fine Arts, London, 1963-1964, Royal Society Painters, London, 1964, National Arts Club, New York City, 1964-1990, American Water Color Society, New York City, 1966-1990, National Academy Design, New York City, 1967-2003, Charles and Emma Frye Museum, Seattle, 1968, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, 1968, Columbia (South Carolina) Museum Art, 1969, Audubon Artist, 1974-1990, Evansville (Indiana) Museum, 1991, Dyansen Gallery, Boston, 1991.

      Represented permanent collections, Metropolitan Museum Art, Philadelphia Museum Art, Nelson Gallery, Elliot Museum, Florida, Bruce Museum, Dalhousie University, Atkin Museum, Kansas City, National History Museum, Taipei, The Government House, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Midtown Payson Galleries, China 2000 Fine Art Gallery. Subject of film Eastern Spirit, Western World—A Profile of Diana Kan. Paintings were published by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (christmas cards): Four Children Going Fishing, 1996, Lantern Festival, 1999, Flower Drum Song, 2002, Snow Mountain, 2002.


Fellow Royal Society Arts. Member Pen and Brush Club (director 1968, Brush Fund award 1968, Alice S. Buell Memorial award 1969, Margaret Sussman award 1991), National Academy Design (associate, John Pike Memorial award 1987, certified of merit 1991), American Watercolor Society (traveling award 1968, Marthe T. McKinnon award 1978, director 1975-1977), Art Students League, National League Pen Women, Audubon Artists (vice president 1983), Allied Artists American (Barbara Vassilieff Memorial award 1969, Ralph Fabri Memorial award 1975, correspondent secretary 1975-1978), Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club (Anna Hyatt Huntington bronze medal 1970, 74, Gold medal of honor 1982), New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, 1999. Clubs: Overseas Press American, Lotos, The National Arts (New York City), The Salamagundi.


Married Paul Schwartz, May 24, 1952. 1 son, Kan Martin Meyer Sing-Si.

Kam Shek Kan

Sing-Ying (Hong) Kan

Paul Schwartz