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Diane E Belfiglio
September 11, 1956 ~ March 25, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Professional artist and educator Diane Elizabeth Belfiglio, 66, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 25, 2023. She was an award-winning and celebrated artist whose works were featured at numerous galleries and museums around the world. Most recently, Diane received the 2023 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Arts Council. She was an Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Coordinator at Walsh University, where she taught for the last 23 years. Previously, she had taught at Syracuse University, Kent State University, and the University of Akron.
The daughter of Ralph Anthony and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Belfiglio, Diane was a lifelong resident of Plain Township, where she graduated from Oakwood High School in 1974. She earned a BFA from The Ohio State University in 1978, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1980. Diane has exhibited in more than 225 group and solo shows regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her works are in the permanent collections of six museums, including the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Tokyo, and the Canton Museum of Art. In addition, her works are in 18 corporate, hospital, library and university art collections and numerous private collections — including singer Patti LaBelle’s.
Diane was very active in the community, where she designed and directed 15 community art installations, and served as the current President of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton (UUCGC). Diane was an avid bike rider who was well-known by her neighbors for her annual Halloween “witch ride” in full costume.
Her closest survivors are her children, Michael and Adrianne Bastas, her granddaughter Ava, her sister Victoria Belfiglio, and nephews David, Anthony, and Mario Belfiglio, as well as numerous other family members. Public calling hours will take place on Saturday, April 1st from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, at the UUCGC, 2585 Easton St. NE, Canton, Ohio, 44721. A private service by invitation only will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the UUCGC in her memory. Personal condolences are invited on line at: www.wackerlyfuneralhome.com