Dr. Valerie Bennett Gillespie
Valerie Gillespie is an independent curator and gallerist based in Dallas. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New England in Portland and curatorial practice from New York University. Her undergraduate degree is in Studio Art and Spanish from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. During her years abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Valerie studied art and architecture. While completing her artist in residence program with Università Iuav di Venezia in Venice, Italy, she studied painting under the guidance of Maurizio Pellegrin. Valerie currently is the Director of Fine Arts at the Winston School and owner of Pencil on Paper Gallery in Dallas. Some of her recent exhibitions include curatorial projects with the 500X Gallery in Dallas, The Other Art Fair, The Beachum Family Collection, The Martin Museum, Southern Methodist University, and the Texas Visual Arts Association. Pencil on Paper Gallery was awarded Best Art Gallery in Dallas/Fort Worth in 2021 and has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, Patron Magazine, Elliman Magazine, D Magazine, the Dallas Observer, and Voyage Dallas.