Some Early Visionaries
March 16 – April 10, 2021
“I will thread a thread through my poems that time and events are compact miracles.” —
Some Early Visionaries features drawings and collages by renowned artist Lesley Dill. The exhibition will
be on view in the ZMA Fine Arts Gallery from Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, April
10, 2021. The artist will present a live one-hour Zoom lecture on Friday, April 9,
2021 at noon. The event is free and open to the public. In celebration of April as
National Poetry Month, Dill’s talk will address the use of language and poetry in
her artwork and will additionally provide insight into her artistic studio practice
where the intersection of language and fine art materialize as printmaking, sculpture,
installation and performance and explore the power of words to cloak and reveal the
psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador
Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into works
of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer to
the physical intimacy and power of language itself.
*Lesley Dill will be producing a limited edition print with KSU to benefit the Zuckerman
Museum of Art. More information on pricing and sales will be made available soon.
Featured work: Lesley Dill, This was a Poet, 2019, Hand-cut collage, ink, silver leaf, on Japanese silk tissue paper, Courtesy
Athur Roger Gallery.
Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art in printmaking,
sculpture, installation and performance, exploring the power of words to cloak and
reveal the psyche. Dill transforms the emotions of the writings of Emily Dickinson,
Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, into
works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music—works that awaken the viewer
to the physical intimacy and power of language itself.
Dill has had over one hundred solo exhibitions. Her artworks are in the collections
of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern
Art New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2017 she was named a fellow
of The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and is a Joan Mitchell Foundation Creating
A Living Legacy artist and grant recipient. Her opera, Divide Light, based on the
poems of Emily Dickinson, was performed in San Jose in 2008. In April of 2018 the
New Camerata Opera Company performed a re-staged version in New York City which was
captured in a full-length film by Ed Robbins.
In November 2019, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans presented a collection of her
work titled Drawings: Some Early Visionary Americans. In 2021, the Figge Art Museum
in Davenport, Iowa will stage her exhibit Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, which
amplifies voices of the North American past as they wrestle with divinity, deviltry,
The artist is represented by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York and Arthur Roger Gallery
in New Orleans.
Lesley Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.