Dori DeCamillis Bio

Dori graduated with a BFA in painting and art history from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1987. After college she lived on the road in a vintage motor home, selling her artwork at outdoor festivals around the country, where her miniature oil paintings gained popularity and recognition. After three years of traveling she chose to settle in Birmingham, Alabama, a favorite place encountered in her travels. 

She exhibited her paintings in museums and galleries across the country and abroad, including a solo show at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2000. Sherry Frumkin Gallery in Los Angeles hosted 5 sell-out shows of her work from 1996 through 2002. Her work has been featured in national newspapers and magazines, and she has won over 40 exhibition awards.

Dori is now co-owner of Red Dot Gallery in Birmingham, a teaching space, art gallery, and working studio. Her paintings evolved into large, iconic mixed media panels that combine oil painting on wood and copper with handmade ceramic tiles. in 2007 she received the Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, which inspired Exhibit A, Paintings of Alabama Places. The series was exhibited at the Mobile Museum of Art April through August of 2011.

Dori has written two memoirs. "The Freeway" recounts the three adventurous years she lived on the road selling her artwork. In  "My Steamboat" she tells stories of growing up with her quirky family in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as it was turning from a small rural town to a big-time ski resort. Link to Book page.

Dori's current work is a series of self-portraits depicting her own mind-states. Each piece is a character in a private mythology designed to personify ever-changing thought patterns, habits, and perspectives. The Huntsville Museum of Art featured a solo exhibit of this series from February through June of 2015. Link to Without a Net Blog, the written part of this exploratory project. 


Dori DeCamillis CV

Born 1963, Steamboat Springs, CO

1987             BFA in Painting and Art History, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


Selected Awards
2012              Purchase Award, Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
2011              People's Choice Award, Nature Conservancy Earth Day Celebration, Birmingham, AL
2006-07        Alabama Council on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship
1991-2003    Over 40 top awards at the country's most notable outdoor art festivals


Solo Exhibitions
2015             Encounters, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
2011             The Prominence of Place, Mobile Museum of Art, AL
                     Exhibit A, Red Dot Gallery, Birmingham AL
2007             The Grammar of Ornament, Sherrie Gallery, Columbus, OH
2005             Many Splendored Things, Red Dot Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2003             Drive By L.A., Frumkin Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
                     My Babies, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2002             Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     Wiregrass Museum, Dothan, AL
                     The Freeway, Frumkin Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001             Normal, Montevallo University, Birmingham, AL
2000             Artspedition, Frumkin Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, a traveling performance installation including exhibitions at:
                     Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
                     Dayton Institute of Art, Dayton, OH
                     Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
                     Yourworld, Birmingham Museum of Art, Dr. David Moos-Curator
                     Games, Vices, and Addiction, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1999             Harry and Martha, Frumkin Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1997             In the Privacy of, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1996             Other Voices, Other Rooms, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990             Mr. and Mrs., Spark Gallery, Denver, CO


Selected Exhibitions
2015             Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial, Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL
2012             Purchase Award, Red Clay Survey Biennial Exhibition, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
2011             ASCA Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery, AL
                     Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Biennial, Johnson Center for the Arts
                     Masterpieces Center Stage, Exhibition Tour:
                     Berman Museum, Anniston, AL
                     Mobile Museum of Art, AL
                     Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
                     Montgomery Museum of Art, AL
2009             Celebrating the Arts in Alabama, Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL
2007             Alabama Originals; Expanding Perspectives, Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery, AL
2006             Just a Head, Alabama Clay Conference, Montevallo University, AL
2005             Beyond Dolls, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
2003             Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002             Art Aficionado, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
                     Biennial Invitational Art Auction, Montgomery Museum of Art, AL
2001             All Things Small and Beautiful, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
                     Familiar Reality-A Celebration of Alabama Artists, Alabama Artists Gallery, Montgomery
2000             Patterned Flowers, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
                     Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
                     Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
                     Nall Museum, Vence, France
                     Chateau Museum, Tourettes Sur Loup, France
                     Ken Elias Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
                     Coplan Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1999             Story Tellers, Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach
1998             Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1995             Brigitte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO
                     Agnes Gallery, Birmingham, AL


Selected Bibliography
2013             Art in the Family, Birmingham Magazine, Laura McCallister, May Issue
2011             Mobile Press Register
                     Labor of Love, B-Metro, Brett Levine
2010             Birmingham News
2009             HGTV, That's Clever, air date Mar 2
2008             Thicket Magazine
                     WBHM, Tapestry, air date Feb 7
2007             Columbus Dispatch
                     Birmingham News
                     Birmingham Magazine
2004             Black and White (Birmingham)
2003             Los Angeles Times
                     Black and White
2002             New American Paintings
                     Denver Post
                     Westword (Denver)
2001             The Artists Magazine
                     Birmingham Post Herald
                     Birmingham News
2000             Los Angeles Times
                     Santa Monica Mirror
                     Albuquerque Tribune
                     Dayton Daily News
                     Chattanooga Times
                     Chanel 13 News, Birmingham, AL
                     For the Record, Alabama Public Television
                     Black and White
                     Birmingham News
1999             Black and White
1998             New American Paintings
1997             Birmingham Magazine
                     Artscene, Los Angeles, CA
1996             Birmingham News
1995             Denver Post
1994             Orlando Sentinel


Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Leonard and Susan Nimoy
John Elway
Joyce Maynard
Charles Gaines
Patricia Richardson
Kim Abeles
Gail Wellington
Todd Holland
Xavier Roberts
Henry D. Varnell III
Jim Dicke II
Gail Andrews
Laura Hull
Jack Drake
Jim Sokol
Mary Kay Culpepper
Tony Jonas
Susan Haynes
Riverchase Country Club
Rob Burton