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Known for her quiet and subtle style, Sophia Dixon Dillo reduces elements into a simplified approach of repetition in order to explore the contrast between substance/insubstantiality and material/immateriality. She creates works that bring attentiveness to the present moment by celebrating the ephemerality of phenomena through the incorporation of light as a medium. Her works simultaneously reveal and conceal their components, often creating a sense of dissolution of the solidity of objects through the use of translucence, reflection, refraction, layering, and repetition. Dillo’s works are best appreciated over time due to the dynamism light brings to them. In a world fixated on permanence, her work defies stasis, and reminds us of the natural cycle of things as they come and go.

Dillo’s minimal approach and attention to the subtleties of light have roots in her upbringing. From an early age she learned to observe the minute details of the world around her by watching her father Willard Dixon, an artist and Zen practitioner, work in his studio. Dillo now lives with her husband at a Zen Center in the mountains of Colorado. The peace and seclusion of her work place influences her art – quiet, spatial, sensorial, and participatory. Dillo exhibits and is collected throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2015 she did an installation for the Calvin Klein Collection in New York City made from 83 miles of copper thread for their holiday window. ArtWeek.LA chose her solo exhibit, Emergence, as a “Pick of the Week”. Dillo was also recognized as a notable Colorado artist with an invitation to participate in Colorado Women in Abstraction at the Center for Visual Arts in Denver. ''



Education

2006-09

MFA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2001

Lacoste Ecole des Arts, Lacoste, France

1996-2000

BA in Philosophy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Alliterations, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2017 I

llumination, Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2015

Light & Form, Galerie Fatiha Selam, Paris, France

Forming Light – Holiday Installation, Calvin Klein Collection on

Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Light & Shadow, Shumei International Institute, Crestone, CO

Light Space, The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2014

Emergence, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012

Translucence, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Forming Light VI Installation and New Boxes, Winterowd Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011

Light and Line, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

Light and Line, Vertical Arts Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2010

Light Works, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2008

Small Works, Shumei International Institute, Crestone, CO

Implexities II, Bovine Theater Gallery, Denver, CO

2007

Forming Light II Installation, Morgan Library, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

Forming Light Installation, Mini Gallery, CSU, Fort Collins, CO

2006

Side by Side, St. Luke’s Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Rising Light, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Winter Group Show, Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO

2019

Colorado Abstract +10, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Emergence, Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO

2018

Skies of Gold, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

2017

Big Exhibition of Small Works, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Small Works, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

So-, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Paper Works, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO  Illluminate, Sophia Dixon Dillo & Jane Guthridge, WAVE Festival - Light + Water + Sound, Breckenridge, CO Ethereal Paper - Ann Chuchvara, Sophia Dixon Dillo & Rebecca Hutchison, Cynthia Reeves Gallery, Walpole, NH

Spectral Light & Color, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX

2016

of ifting/flowers in the gravel/at the end of the ice age, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

Extended Dialogue: Part 1, Space Gallery, Denver, CO Colorado

Women in Abstraction, Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO

Abstraction, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Lucid Art Exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA

SYNTHESIS – of all that went before, Averard Hotel with Galerie Fatiha Selam, London, UK

Repetition & Reticulation, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2014

10 Inches of Christmas, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Surface, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

10-Year Anniversary Exhibit, Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Grand Opening Exhibit, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Unbound – Five Installations, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Brave New World, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Willard Dixon & Sophia Dixon Dillo – Stillness & Activity, a Father & Daughter Show, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

2013

Lines & Grids: Works on Paper, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

The Story of the Creative, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY

30 Squared, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2nd Annual Love + Light, A Contemporary Art and Light Exhibition, Loveland Feed & Grain, Loveland, CO

2012

Full Spectrum, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

Retrospective – 11 Year Anniversary, Space Gallery, Denver, C)

Art Without Illusion, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO

2011

1:1, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

Art of the Real, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

(MA)chi(N)e(MADE): Organic Precision, Vertigo Art Space, Denver, CO

2010

Friends and Family – an exhibition of Ice Cube artists and their

acquaintances, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

Begin Within - Three Person Exhibit, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO

Ice Cube Group Exhibit, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

ASC Community Partnerships, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

2009

Master of Fine Arts Exhibit, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

Art and Science, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2008

Art and Science, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

Art in the Attic, Lapis Gallery, Denver, CO

2007

Nextmas Show, Next Gallery, Denver, CO

Emerging Artists Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft Collins, CO

Open Studio Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, COMaster of Fine Arts Show, Curfman Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2005

Student Invitational, University of Xochimilco, Mexico

The Drawing Show, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2004

East of the Moon - Five Worlds, Lincoln Gallery, Boulder, CO

Selected Public Collections

Fox Rothschild, LLP Denver, Colorado

State of New Mexico, Dept. of Cultural Affairs Santa Fe, New Mexico Four Seasons Hotel & Residence Denver, Colorado

Crestone Charter School Crestone, Colorado

The Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast Boulder, Colorado

Colorado State University, Communications Dept. Fort Collins, Colorado

Publications

2019

Voyage Denver, “Meet Sophia Dixon Dillo”

Bibliography

2017

Visual Art Source, “Sophia Dixon Dillo” by Kelly Skeen

The Santa Fe Reporter, “SFR Picks: Light Worker – Get bent, light” by

Maria Egolf-Romero

2016

The Aspen Times, “Minimalism goes West at Anderson Ranch exhibition

in Snowmass Village” by Andrew Travers

The Denver Post, “’Colorado Women in Abstraction’ cuts across history”

By Ray Mark Rinald

ArtScene, “Abstraction” Group Exhibit Review

Le Journal des Arts, “Monographie: Sophia Dixon Dillo accroche la lumiere” by Henri-Francois Debailleux

2015

Point Contemporain, “Light & Form, Sophia Dixon Dillo, Galerie Fatiha Selam”

2014

Huffington Post, “Richard Bruland and Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art Review,” by Peter Clothier

Artweek.L.A., “Pick of the Week – Sophia Dixon Dillo: Emergence”

Simayspace, “Current Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions – Doug

Simay’s Best Picks” by Doug Sima

Denver Westword, “Arvada Center’s Unbound: Five Installations moves, sparkles and shines, by Michael Paglia

2013

Denver Westword, “Best Show That Was Barely There” – Best of Awards

2012

Denver Westword, “Pieces and Quiet,” by Robin Edwards

Journal North, “a trio of Tasty Dishes,” by Kate Mcgraw

2011

Denver Westword, “Shine a Light,” by Michael Paglia

Denver Westword Blog, “Light, plane, and 25 miles of fishing line with artist Sophia Dixon Dillo,” by Jef Otte

Steamboat Pilot, "Contemporary light artist shows installation in Steamboat," by Nicole Inglis

2010

Curate This! New Work, Publication selected by Helen Pheby,PhD.,

Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK

Curate This! 2010 International Public Vote, The BECA Foundation Publication

Denver Westword, “Two new solo offerings at Ice Cube Gallery show

member’s talent,” by Michael Paglia

The Crestone Eagle, “Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art that Emerges from

Spaciousness and Quiet,” by Gussie Fauntleroy

Longmont Times-Call, Review by Quentin Young

2008

Shumei International Institute, Webnews

The Crestone Eagle, Article

2007

Morgan Library News, Colorado State University Website

The Coloradoan, Two Articles

2004

XEN Dharma und Sangha News, German Magazine, Featured Artist

2001

Lacoste Vernissage, Catalogue Cover Featured Artist

Artist Residencies

2015

Lucid Art Foundation, Inverness, CA

2002

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Professional Engagements

2015

Artist Symposium, Shumei International Institute, Crestone CO

Artist Talk, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

2013

Guest Speaker, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO

Guest Juror, University of New Mexico Architecture Department, Albuquerque, NM

2010

Slideluck Potshow, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2008

Artist Symposium, Shumei International Institute, Crestone CO

Honors and Awards

2010

5th in Popular Vote, Curate This! 2010, BECA Foundation

2006-08

Liberal Arts Scholarship, Margery Monfort Wilson Scholarship, Women’s Association Scholarship, & Graduate Grant, Colorado State

University

2002

Printmaking Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center

2001

Scholarship, Lacoste School of the Arts

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