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Lesley Dill Breathing Leaves (detail), 2004
Lesley Dill Innocent (Chinese), 2002
Lesley Dill Dress of Opening and Close of Being, 2008
Lesley Dill Blossom, 2007
Lesley Dill Lesley Dill, 2004
Lesley Dill Yellow Poem Suit (Extaxie), 2013
Lesley Dill I Envy Light, 2010
Lesley Dill Breathing Leaves, 2004
Lesley Dill I Suddenly Touch (Detail), 2002
Lesley Dill Punch, 1999
Lesley Dill Dreamer, 1998
Lesley Dill Words Made Flesh, 2002

Press Release

During the months of September and October the George Adams Gallery will exhibit a survey of works by Lesley Dill celebrating her 20-year association with the gallery The exhibition features 15 works in a variety of media, including bronze, paper, copper works,  and fabric.


Notable in the exhibition is the earliest work, the “Poetic Body” suite of four lithographs, her first editioned work, and a never before exhibited sculpture “Speaking Head,” 1996, an example of her early work in hand-cut copper, this one over 20 feet long. Other works include a series of dimensional paper ‘hands’ from 2002 and 2004, her bronze-cast “Dreamer” from 1998, and the large-scale embroidered fabric “Breathing Leaves” also from 2004.


Lesley Dill has been the subject of five survey and retrospective exhibitions, the most recent, “ I Heard A Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill,” traveled extensively throughout the US during 2009 and 2010. Her most recent traveling exhibition, “Poetic Visions,” concluded its tour this past spring. Two new museum exhibitions are planned for 2014, one at the University of Arkansas focusing on her performance works and showcasing for the first time her work with costumes, the other at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden will focus on her indoor and outdoor works in bronze.


Lesley Dill, who lives and works in New York City, was the recipient of a 2013 lifetime achievement award from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and has been recognized with grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her work is represented in the collections of such museums as the Albright-Knox, Buffalo, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Neuberger Museum, SUNY, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.