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Edith A. Tonelli (Tang DiAn) has been working in the visual arts for over 30 years. She was trained originally for her Master's degree at Hunter College in New York, in European painting techniques, ink brush drawing, and the Japanese woodblock printmaking process. She finished her Ph.D. at Boston University, focusing on American Culture and the Arts.


After many years of working at large educational institutions, such as The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, The DeCordova Museum, and The UCLA Museum, she has settled on Cape Cod and opened a private studio for painting, photography, and graphic arts, as well as TonelliArts Gallery.


In 2006, she spent several months in China, studying and painting traditional masterworks of Chinese Brush Painting, also known as "Sumi-e," in Japan. She was given the name Tang DiAn by her Chinese friends, and commisioned Beijing craftsmen to carve her square signature stamp, shown at the top left.


Cape Cod Times Article, "A Brush with Chinese Art," July 23, 2010, read.


2006 - Research and Study in Beijing and Hong Kong
Ph.D., Boston University - American and New England Cultural Studies
MA, Antioch University,Los Angeles -  Psychology & Art Therapy
MFA, Hunter College, CUNY - Painting and Printmaking
BA, Vassar College - American Studies


Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art

Owner, TonelliArts Gallery, Cape Cod

Director, Wight Art Musem (now Armand Hammer Museum), UCLA

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Department, UCLA

Director, University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD

Assistant Professor, Deparment of Art, University of Maryland, College Park

Intern, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Curator, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA

Intern, Boston Museum of Fine Arts


Artist & Teaching Member, Sumi-e Society of America
Artist Member, National League of American PenWomen
Artist Member, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Artist Member, Cotuit Center for the Arts
Artist Member, Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Media and Services

Asian Ink and Watercolor Brush Paintings

Color Photography

Artist-produced Giclee Prints

Greeting Cards

Original Parasols and Fans for Special Occasions

Logos and Graphics for Individuals and Businesses

Workshops, Demonstrations, and Individual Lessons



"Cape Cod Museum of Art Lands New Director"

Cape Cod Times, May 2014


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