Dorothy Gillespie’s illustrious career in art spans over 50 years during which time she has created, exhibited and sold her art work nationally and internationally. At 85, splitting her time between her Orlando and NYC studios, Gillespie’s career continues at a dizzying pace.
Gillespie, born in Roanoke Virginia, declared early her intention to become an artist. She studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD then moved to New York City where she studied at the Art Student's League of New York and the Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17.
Among her many honors, Gillespie received The Alice Baber Art Fund, Inc. Grant Award; a Doctor of Pedagogy, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY 1990; a Doctor of Fine Arts (Honoris Causa) Caldwell College, Caldwell, NY 1976; an Allied Professions Award, Virginia Society; The American Institute of Architects, Richmond, VA 1986; Distinguished Alumni Award, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD 1983; Outstanding Services Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 1983; and, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art.
In addition to her demanding studio work, Gillespie served as a Distinguished Professor of Art, Radford University, Radford, VA 1997-99; on the Board of Trustees, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD 1996-99; on the Board of Trustees, Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL 1996-99; and on the Art in Public Places Committee, Broward Cultural Affairs Council, June 1993-June 1994; and as Visiting Artist, Radford University, Radford, VA 1981-83 where she initiated the University’s permanent art collection through a gift of her own work and where her work is now archived. Early in her career, Gillespie contributed to the women’s art movement through her work at Artist in Residence, Women's Interart Center, New York, NY 1972 and her lecture series at the New School for Social Research, New York, NY 1977
Gillespie is the subject of numerous reviews, critical essays, film and radio interviews and a book Dorothy Gillespie published by the Radford University Foundation Press. She is represented locally by Arts on Douglas Fine Arts and Collectibles in New Smyrna Beach.
Works IN THE PUBLIC:
Frieze in the Venetian Gardens, Miami, 1979.
Fountain sculpture in front of the US-Embassy at UN, New York 1981.
Frieze in Fort Lauderdale Airport 1989.
Braff, Phyllis: Spirit of a Dance Captured. New York Times 13. 3. 1983.
— —: Professionalism and the Women Artist. In: Womens Studies & Arts 1979.
— —: Feminist Collage. 1979.
— —: Overcoming Barriers: The Women Artists in the South. In: Southern Quarterly 1979.
Shirey, David. New York Times 13.1.1983.
Jeanne Johnson: Background Information, 1997