Dorothy Gillespie's "Fiesta Baroque and Cantata Domine," an installation using shaped and painted aluminum strips, is now hanging in UALR's Student Services Building, which is the newest on campus. The work, which Gillespie created for the University Conference Center, which UALR operated in what was the Excelsior Hotel in the 1980s, has been at UALR's Law School for the past three years.
Gillespie, 92, has created two- and three-dimensional work for Rockefeller Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the United Nations and Walt Disney World.
The University credits assistant curator Nathan Larson, applied design technician John Bruhl and applied design student Luke Bellweather for getting the piece moved to UALR.
A news release from UALR gives more background on the artist:
Born to a genteel southern family in Roanoke, Va., in 1920, Gillespie knew at an early age that she was destined to be an artist. She arrived in 1943, fresh from art school, in New York City, where she still maintains a studio. In a career that has now spanned more than 60 years, Dorothy Gillespie has earned a place among the finest American women artists of her time and a mentor for generations of younger artists.