Emmanuel Gillespie was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He received his BFA from the University of North Texas and later earned a Masters of Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Gillespie works with mixed media in both 2D and 3D form. He has worked on several Public Art projects in Dallas, Texas including specific work for the Bexar Street Corridor project and the DART Green Line project. Gillespie designed the Dallas Area Rapid Transit center for the Green Line and Bus Station, and constructed artwork that was displayed within the Dart train station. Most recently, Emmanuel Gillespie was commissioned to create the Ernie Banks Statue in Dallas for the Booker T. Washington School of the Performing and Visual Arts. Currently, Emmanuel is the 3D Art instructor at the Winston School in Dallas.
Dr. Valerie Bennett Gillespie
Valerie Gillespie is an independent curator 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 co-owner of Pencil on Paper Gallery in Dallas. Some of her recent exhibitions include curatorial projects with the 500X Gallery in Dallas, The Beachum Family & Southern Methodist University, and the Texas Visual Arts Association.
Abstract artist, Dr. Valerie Gillespie uses color theory and texture to present moments in time. Remnants of the past contrast with expectations of the future in each composition, as images battle within the same space for recognition of their truth.
Emmanuel Gillespie presents images of water with mixed media imagery. His large-scale work is based on the concept of water as it holds memories and the relationship between those we encounter from our past.