Valerie Bennett Gillespie

Valerie Bennett Gillespie was born in Austin, Texas and grew up in Dallas.  She graduated from Greenhill School in Addison and completed her undergraduate degree at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia where she majored in Studio Art with a concentration in Spanish.  She attended the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela during her year abroad in 2000 and recently completed her Master's degree in Studio Art at New York University in 2010.  Valerie is currently teaching Middle and Upper School Art at Greenhill School.  She was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in 2011 and exhibited her recent series, "Motherhood" at the African American Museum. Her latest series, “Colorism” was last on exhibition at the Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas.  Valerie works with collage and mixed mediums along with text in order to create a view of social and cultural issues.  Through her work, Valerie deconstructs the ideas and notions surrounding human nature.