Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Dillon Gardener

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Dillon Gardener

Bronx, New York
Early Art Practitioner AIR
Instagram: @hotdirtychaii @verydirtyhands

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Dillon Gardener is a multi dimensional artist. Dabbling in various mediums, ranging from performance to visual immersive installations, Dillon’s work explores themes of nature, magical realism, and spirituality. They believe that life on this three-dimensional plane is one big game of manifestation. The more work they put into their own evolution, they believe their work will reflect the same spark to help ignite the evolution of others. Through their art practice, Dillon wants to inspire people to create freely and understand that art is not only found in a gallery space; art exists and can be found everywhere.


“In New York City, I am constantly being exposed to multiple forms of street art. The idea that you can take up space wherever whenever is my biggest inspiration. I believe art should be accessible to all audiences, and I love sharing my art in public spaces.”


  • Strange Fruit, 2016, rope and flowers, installation in Fulton Park, Brooklyn

  • The funeral, 2018, flowers, cardboard, spray paint , mirrors, interactive installation

  • I am going to pass on a hot steamy romance, 2018, photo print and paint, mirror installation for poolshow la

  • Healing, 2018, floral arrangement, photography, photography by Cavier Coleman

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