Lesley Dill (b. 1950, New York) is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, photographer and performance artist. A book of Emily Dickinson's poetry, a 40th-birthday gift from her mother, dramatically changed the direction of her art and sparked her abiding interest in language. Her incorporation of poetry provides new layers of meaning and argue that our sense of self is formed through language and communication. Often, her works incorporate natural materials, including paper, charcoal, horsehair, tea and rice.
Dill holds a BA from Trinity College, an MA from Smith College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The artist has been awarded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Emily Dickinson Museum, among others. Her work can be found in countless international collections, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, High Museum (Atlanta), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven).
- Lesley Dill often incorporates text into her work—particularly the poetry of Emily Dickinson. For more brilliant, text-based compositions, check out Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg and Mel Bochner.
- In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Jodi Colella also explores feminine identity by stitching atop vintage tintypes of women who have been lost to history. View her work.
Black Rock EditionsA Print Showcase 25 Feb - 4 Jun 2022Black Rock Editions is a two-year-old Santa Fe print house, but its roots stretch back 50 years and across the nation. This print exhibition celebrates Black Rock’s founding and explores the storied history of its legendary forebear, Landfall Press. Historic Landfall prints by legendary artists commingle with brand new works from Black Rock’s roster of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women artists, highlighting the nascent print house’s intersectional vision for the future of printmaking.Read more
Women in Print29 Oct 2021 - 15 Jan 2022Women in Print is an annual ode to the women who have shaped the world of printmaking. Comprised of works on paper by iconic artists Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Lesley Dill, Mary Heilmann, Helen Frankenthaler and Danielle Orchard, Women in Print shines light on women’s oft-underrexamined roles in the historically male-dominant field of printmaking.Read more
Stitched Ink25 Jan - 23 Mar 2019Printmaking at its core is a labor-intensive and highly collaborative process. The medium’s ability to reproduce images and capture unique visual qualities has influenced numerous creative fields, from graphic design...Read more
Artist Interview: Lesley DillMay 22, 2020Contemporary artist Lesley Dill elevates and provokes her chosen mediums to dazzling effect, from tea-stained paper to 19th century poetry. Read on for an exclusive interview with the Brookyln-based artist, whose mixed-media artworks grace the Zane Bennett collection. This interview was conducted over the phone from Dill's studio in Brooklyn, NY. YOU'VE SAID THAT A BOOK OF EMILY DICKINSON POEMS, GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR MOTHER, WAS THE CATALYST FOR YOUR VISUAL ART PATH. DID YOUR MOTHER OFTEN SHARE BOOKS AND POETRY WITH YOU GROWING UP? I must unfortunately answer...Read more