Marilyn Dillard Artist Statement and Biography

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by the natural landscape, especially the visual qualities of rock, soil, and vegetation in its many variations.  The work does not include reproductions of the landscape or a specific place but rather represents the essence of the land. 

Being outdoors and active in the natural world brings me great joy.  I’ve traveled in seven foreign countries but my favorite landscapes are found in the west where I photographed deserts, mountains, and plains in all kinds of weather from the Yukon Territory in the north to the BajaPeninsula in the south.  I depend on the photographs or visuals actually seen in addition to an internal response that occurs from seasonal weather or time of day.  All these elements create a beauty of contrast, textured imperfections, and emotions that I toss through my imagination when spontaneously painting imagery in an abstract manner. 

Utilizing my photographs, memories, and each intuitive mark, a painting evolves.  Acrylic paints are partnered with other mark making tools to complete a work.  Inks, pencils, crayons, burning, and thread are possibilities.  Silk and cotton cloth as well as unique papers and copy machine images are occasionally used for collage.  There seems to be no end to experimenting in order to achieve a certain effect. 

My 90 year old art-making mentor lives in Boulder. Colorado.  With a PhD in art education, her teaching years were extensive.  Even today she happily shares her knowledge and stories with past students and numerous friends.  One of her favorite sayings is: “Art is from the head, heart, and hand.”  That is the guideline for my art: let it flow out of my heart.

Date and place of birth:  1937, Kalamazoo, Mi

Education:  ColoradoStateUniversity, B.F.A., Cum Laude; Minor in Art History 


2006 Best in Painting: Biennial Southwest; AlbuquerqueMuseum of Art & History

2004 Shine Gallery Contemporary Art Award: Arts International; El Paso, TX

2004 Best of Show: 1st Frontier Collage Society Annual; Austin, TX     

1998 Scholarship: CSU Creative & Performing Arts

1997 Scholarship: CSU Creative & Performing Arts

1996 Scholarship: Northern Colorado Artist Assoc.

1994 Work selected to travel: VISIONS-THE ART OF THE QUILT; Helsinki, Finland

1993 Work selected to travel: VISIONS-THE ART OF THE QUILT; Co., Ky., & Me.

1993 Judges Choice Award: Fiber/Texture ’93; Boulder, CO


1992 1st   Place, Art Quilt: Quilt Colorado


Major Collections:

RockyMountainQuiltMuseum: 2 quilts, Art Quilts Collection; Golden, CO

ColoradoStateUniversity Art Dept.: drawings & photography; Fort   Collins, CO

Kaiser Permanente: 2 art quilts; Longmont, Co and Denver, CO

Dupler, Hult, and Gelnik, PC, Attorneys: weaving; Boulder, CO

Gold Crown Management: weaving; Denver, CO

University of Colorado Federal Credit Union: weaving; Boulder, CO

Harvest Restaurant: weaving; Boulder, CO

First National Bank: weaving; Colorado Springs, CO


Solo Exhibitions:       

2011 Sensing Land: Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

2009 Earth Narratives: Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

2007 Earth Elements: Stone: Exhibit/208, Albuquerque, NM

2004 Landscape: Materialized/Mesmerized: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

1999 Diggings: Fiber Dept., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

1998 Land Marks: Visual Art Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013  Excavations: two person show, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

2012 Annual 12 x 12 Fundraiser: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

 2011 Annual 12 x 12 Fundraiser: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

2010 Annual 12 x 12 Fundraiser: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

2009 Luna: In Other Words: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM       

2009 Breakout!, Flux Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM       

2009 Annual 12 x 12 Fundraiser: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

2009 Red Dot Art Fair: with Matrix Fine Art; Miami, Fl

2008 Contemporary Art Society 20th Anniversary: UNMArt Museum, Alb, NM

2008 Art Santa Fe: with Matrix Fine Art: Santa Fe, NM

2008 Annual 12 x 12 Fundraiser: HarwoodArtCenter, Albuquerque, NM

2007 Luna Project: Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2006 Biennial Southwest: AlbuquerqueMuseum of Art & History, Alb, NM

2006 CAS Honors: artspace 116, Albuquerque, NM

2004/5 Arts International: International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

2003 Fiber Directions: WichitaCenter for the Arts, Wichita, KS

2002 Nature’s Architecture: Oz Architecture, Denver, Co

2001 Fiber Directions: Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS


Publications: Author:

1993 The Dairy Barn: Not Cows But Quilts: “Piecework,” Sept

1984 A Rug Weaver’s Source Book: Interweave Press, Loveland, CO

            Chapter: “The Weft Face Twill Rug”

1984 “Handwoven,” March-April issue; Interweave Press, Loveland, CO


Selected Publications: Books, magazines, newspapers

2011 ARTslant Santa Fe, September, feature article on “SensingLand”

2011 Local IQ, Albuquerque, September, photo

2011 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Art & Architecture, photo

2007 Westword, Denver, CO, Aug 23-29, artbeat; feature article on “FLOW,” an exhibition I juried

2005 Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum;

Judith Trager and Heidi Krakauer Row, authors; Donning Company,


2006 BIENNIAL SOUTHWEST, exhibition catalog; published by Alb.Museum

2006 The Sandoval Signpost, December, SandovalCounty; photo and feature article

         About “Biennial Southwest.”

2004 Albuquerque Journal, Feb 15; review of “Landscape: Materialized/Mesmerized

2002 Denver Post, Mar 1; photo and review of “Nature’s Architecture.”


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