Lesley Dill (b. 1950, Bronxville, New York) is known for combining language with the human form in various mediums, including printmaking, sculpture, installation, and performance. She explores the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche and often transforms the writings of poets such as Emily Dickinson, Tom Sleigh, and Rainer Maria Rilke into artwork that expresses language’s intimacy, boldness, and unique manner of connecting one to spiritual experiences. After receiving a BA from Trinity College and an MAT from Smith College, Dill received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has received many awards, including the ‘Tell is Slant’ Award from the Emily Dickinson Museum (2019), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (1996), and a National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship (1990). Her opera Divide Light, which was based on the poems of Emily Dickinson, premiered in San Jose in 2008 and was re-staged in 2018 by the New Camerata Opera Company in New York City. In 2021, the Figge Art Museum was the first of six venues to present Dill’s monumental solo exhibition Lesley Dill, Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me. In addition to exhibiting in solo and group shows nationally and internationally, her work in included in many permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Chicago Art Institute, and the Library of Congress. Lesley Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.