Lesley Dill (b. 1950) studied English at Trinity College before receiving a Masters in Teaching from Smith College and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1980. She is known for combining language with the human form in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and performance art. When creating her work, Dill draws from both her travels abroad and her profound interest in spirituality and the world’s faith traditions. She has been inspired and influenced by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Franz Kafka, and Salvador Espriu, and their words often find physical form within Dill’s work, taking their shape in cast bronze, handmade paper, and draped fabric. Dill’s work has been exhibited in solo shows both nationally and internationally. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Library of Congress. Her awards include a sculpture fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.