Dianna Gabay

Dianna GabayDianna Gabay studied academic art in Prospect Heights High School and received a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts, which prepared her for a lifelong career in the arts.  She received her Bachelor of Arts and Certified Teacher degree from the University-State of N. Y., Albany.   Since 1964 – 1997 she pursued a multifaceted art career combining graphic design, exhibition design, fine art, teaching, installer of museum exhibitions and operated her own commercial art studio.  She created numerous design projects from conception through production, including promotional materials, advertising campaigns, logos, brochures, and illustrations.  In 1980 Dianna co-authored a book with George Szekely,  A Study of Community: Staten Island Architecture and Environment.  Throughout the years she continued receiving certification as museum curator and archivist.  She has been involved with all aspects of exhibition installation and has received awards for her fine art creations.


Dianna relocated to Richmond, Virginia in August of 1997 and became involved with the Virginia Holocaust Museum as the Director of Exhibitions (Curator) and Collections Coordinator (Archivist).   When the museum acquired its present location in 2000, she created the exhibitions’ design and three-dimensional model. She continued to be completely involved when these exhibitions went into production, with the fabrication of murals, signs, material selection, and installation needs for the museum.  During the summer of 2006, she built a (1 inch equals 1 foot) three-dimensional model for the new exhibition “Palace of Justice” for the “Nuremberg Court Room.”  She was involved with the construction, as well as painting faux molding, ordering & dressing the mannequins, ordering photographs and designing the printed materials.   The exhibition was opened and dedicated on May 1, 2008.  In 2011 Dianna researched and created the exhibition of the capture of Adolf Eichmann by the Israelis, entitled, “The Adolf Eichmann’s Case: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective.”  She decided to retire from VHM in July 2011. 


Dianna is now volunteering with Jay’s independent role as Holocaust History Lecturer, assisting with project designs, the logo, exhibitions, in addition to serving on the Board of Director as treasurer.   She will help with any projects that Jay pursues.