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Dharma Gilley

they/them pronouns

Currently lives & works in Ocean Springs, MS

Returning to Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in August of 2019

Dharma Gilley is a poet and a visual artist who works mainly in mixed media and acrylic. Their paintings manifest an awareness of uncertainty, and often contain masked words and unsteady lines to portray the instability of circumstance. Dharma’s poems tend to be abnormally structured, in order to evoke emotions that are usually abandoned. They feel linked to the trials and tribulations that they and those around them face, and strive to take adversity and turn it into pieces that are engaging and honest. Dharma is an avid believer in self-love, and their work centers on an intrinsic need to build a "home' in themself.

When not painting or writing, Dharma is gardening, watching sunsets, and taking photos of their loved ones.

Dharma has also written many personal articles and poems for Lithium Magazine. They have been a contributor for the online publication since it first began in 2015. You can check out some of their work here!


Sept. 2014-July 2018 - Teen Art Lessons with Carmen Lugo

May 2017 - Mixed Media Workshop with Mary Hardy

Aug. 2018-Present - Tulane University (Art Major)

Exhibitions & Festivals

Mar. 2016 - Takeover Art Show, Greenhouse on Porter

May 2016 - Teen Art Exhibit, Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center

Feb. 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter

May 2017 - Pop Up on the Patio, Smith & Lens

June 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter

Sept. 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter

Oct. 2017 - First Friday, Almost Circle Gallery

Mar. 2018 - First Friday, Almost Circle Gallery

Mar. 2018 - MSLC Art Fest, Almost Circle Gallery

Oct. 2018 - 3rd Annual Odd Ball, Almost Circle Gallery

Mar. 2019 - Pop Up on the Patio, Smith & Lens

May 2019 - Under the Flower Moon, Hancock County Arts Collective


Oct. 2015 - Eudora Welty Ephemera Prize