Walsh University Mourns the Passing of Diane Belfiglio

Walsh University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Coordinator Diane Belfiglio, who passed into the loving arms of the Lord on March 25. Belfiglio was an award-winning and celebrated artist whose works were featured at numerous galleries and museums around the world. She most recently was the only Stark County artist to receive the 2023 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Arts Council last month.

Belfiglio earned a bachelor’s degree in drawing, painting, and graphics from The Ohio State University in 1978, and a master's degree in painting from Syracuse University in 1980. She joined Walsh University in 2000 after having taught at Syracuse University, Kent State University, and The University of Akron.

Since then, she has received numerous professional accolades and awards, including multiple ArtsinStark grants. Belfiglio has exhibited in over 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.

As advisor for the Walsh University art club, Belfiglio designed and directed 15 community art installments on the Walsh’s campus and throughout the Canton community including a recent collaboration with the Black Student Union during Black History Month in February.

At Walsh University, she has been the recipient of two Outstanding Faculty Awards: in 2018 for scholarship, and in 2021 for teaching. Also in 2021, Belfiglio was awarded Advisor of the year for her service to Art Club. 

Her passion for Walsh was evident and the joy she brought to her craft inspired many students to fall in love with art. 

Details regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming. Counselors will be available in the Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center by walk-in or by appointment throughout the week.

Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon Diane. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Pray for Us.

Read about Diane Belfiglio in the Canton Repository.