Dyan Marie has been an exhibiting visual artist since the 1980s. Recent art projects and initiatives explore ideas and reflections on urban issues and contemporary cultural experience. Dyan Marie has initiated a number of cultural and community organizations: she co-founded C Magazine, Urban Surface and B.I.G.: Bloor Improvement Group and is the founder of Cold City Gallery, ARTATWORK and DIG IN, she is the director of her project space, Dyan Marie Projects and is a board member of the City of Toronto’s, Art for Public Places Committee and the Bloordale BIA. She was awarded the Urban Leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute in 2008, the newly established Government of Canada’s, Community Builders Award in 2007, the Ontario Provincial Government Good Citizen Award and City of Toronto Clean and Beautiful Award.