Discipline: Visual Art

Dotty Attie

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1983
Dotty Attie is an American painter and printmaker. She has been exhibiting in museums and galleries worldwide since the 1960s. Attie discovered her interest in art at an early age, as she found that she was interested in drawing. She was heavily influenced by her father, who brought her to art classes in Philadelphia and provided her with art books. Attie continued her education at the Philadelphia College of Art, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in 1959. While in college, Attie was primarily an Abstract Expressionist painter, but often realistically recreated the likeness of photographs on her canvases. Following her time at the Philadelphia College of Art, Attie continued her education through fellowships at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School in 1960, and the Art Students League in 1967. Attie's work is often characterized by her identification with feminism. She has explained that feminism “means no barriers between what a woman chooses to do, and what is acceptable by societal and familial standards.” These ideals are present in her work, which often contain manipulated images of women that accentuate their vulnerability, often featuring lewd acts of a sexual nature.



Dotty Attie worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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