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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

For Immediate Release, May 3, 2016
Contact: Tom Musgrave, tomr.musgrave@ky.gov
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Owensboro pianist Diane Earle named
arts council’s featured artist for May, June

FRANKFORT, Ky. — (May 3, 2016) — Diane Earle, a Kentucky Wesleyan College music professor and artist in residence, was named the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for May and June. Earle, of Owensboro, has been playing piano for more than 50 years and has made a name for herself as a performer and teacher.

Earle is an adjudicated participant in the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory. She has performed in Asia, Europe, the Bahamas and much of the United States. In 2015 she celebrated the 50th anniversary of her first piano lesson, March 27, 1965.

“My parents, both 85, still cheer me on, and my father recently commented that ‘all the lessons paid off,’” said Earle.

Earle said that the artist in residence position at Kentucky Wesleyan combines her two loves — playing and teaching. She hopes to impart the same encouragement and love of music to her students that her parents and teachers gave to her.

To learn more about Earle, visit the arts council's website. The featured artist’s page includes:

  • A story about her work.
  • A video of Earle discussing her work.
  • Contact information for Earle.

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.