(b. 1920 -- d. 2012)Using her own language and transforming her personal visual past into new confluence of painted shapes on shifting, twisting and curling metal spirals, Dorothy Gillespie creates kaleidoscope energy to ignite our abstract imagination.
Dorothy has appeared in one-person exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware; at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia; the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the Women's Interart Center in New York City; Fordham University, New York; at New York University in New York; the Gertrude Stein Gallery in New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Lima, Peru.
Dorothy Gillespie's work is included in many prominent collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Grey Art Gallery; New York University in New York; the Fine Arts Museum in Roanoke, Virginia; the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the State Collection, Kessel Museum in Kellel, Germany; and the State Collection, Frankfurt
Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. The North Carolina Museum of Art also owns a major wall installation.
Ms. Gillespie has many commissions on public view, a few being "City Wall" at the Houston and Mercer Streets in New York City, the United States Mission to the United Nations fountain sculpture and the HUD project, a 96 foot long frieze in North Miami, Florida. In the Triangle area, Ms. Gillespie's works include an installed sixteen-unit wall
piece at the Carolina Sprint Headquarters in Wake Forest, a work commissioned by the Adaron Group is installed at the Commercial Park West building in Research Triangle Park, and, most recently a 90 foot tall suspended, multi-panel sculpture installed in the administration Center Garage, Orlando, Florida.
Dorothy Gillespie's education includes a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also has a doctor of fine Arts from Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey and is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Radford University in Radford, Virginia where she is currently artist-in-residence. Ms. Gillespie likewise spent time studying at the Art's Student League in New York and is a Warren Wilson College Fellow.