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).


Related Works

  • 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.