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2013            B.F.A. Cum Laude, Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Visual Studies, Texas Tech University, School of Art, Lubbock, TX

2010            A.G.S. Phi Theta Kappa Society, Dodge City Community College, Dodge City, KS


2023            Art in the Canyon, Art Canyon, Lubbock, TX  (solo)  (forthcoming November)

2023            The Earring Show 2023, Craft Council of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada  (international)  (catalog)

2022            CraftBoston Holiday, Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, MA  (national)  (virtual)

2022            Trunk Show, Hulla B'Lu, Lubbock, TX  (solo)

2022            Sawed, Soldered, Constructed, juror Cindi Strauss, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX  (group)  

2021            Texas Country Reporter Festival, Waxahachie, TX, Courthouse Square  (solo)

2021            CraftBoston: Studs & Drops, Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, MA  (national)  (virtual)

2021            Trunk Show, Wabi + Sabi: A Texas Artisan Gallery, Glen Rose, TX  (solo)

2020            Pop-Up, Stems by Benny Jackson, Lubbock, TX  (solo) 

2020            Texas Country Reporter Festival, Online Marketplace, Waxahachie, TX  (solo)

2020            Art in Bloom, The Gallery at Flat Rock, Flat Rock, NC,  (group) 

2019            23rd Take In the Local Color! Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour, juror Vickie McMillan-Hayes, Lubbock, TX  (solo)

2019            Sydney Lynch Juried Jewelry Show, juror Sydney Lynch, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE  (national) 

2019            Celebrating American Craft: Southern Style, juror Nancie Roark, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN  (group)  (regional)

2019            Statement Pieces, juror Kate Lydon, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA  (group)  (national)

2019            Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork, juror Don Friedlich, Craft Alliance of Art & Design, St. Louis, MO  (group)  (national)

2018            22nd Take In the Local Color! Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour, juror Catherine Prose, Lubbock, TX  (solo)

2018            VisionMakers2018, juror Emily Zilber (editor of Metalsmith magazine), 108|ContemporaryTulsa, OK  (group)  (catalog)

2018            Cold Connections, juror Katie Rearick, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA  (group)  (international)

2018            Playing with Chess, Texas Tech Satellite Gallery, Lubbock, TX; Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX; Sul Ross State University, Alpine,                       TX; Lone Star College, Houston, TX  (July ’18-March ‘19)  (invitational)

2018            2018 International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards, International Bead&Button Show, jurors James Carter, Michael Sturlin,                             and Hazel Wheaton, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI  (finalist for competition)  (international)

2018            Textured Soul, Tornado Gallery, Lubbock, TX  (solo)  

2017            21st Take In the Local Color! Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour, juror Kristine Thueson, Lubbock, TX  (solo)            

2016            20th Take In the Local Color! Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour, juror Isadora Stowe, Lubbock, TX  (solo)

2016            Obsession, F.A.R.E., Lubbock, TX  (solo)



2022            Stacy Keith, “Life, Voice, Story through Art: Dawna Gillespie Adornments.Lubbock Cultural Arts Foundation,

                    December 21, 2022

2022            Jean Ann Cantore, "More Than Meets the Eye: Dawna Gillespie Adornments.“ Texas Techsan Alumni Magazine,

                    Spring Issue 2022 (March/April/May), p. 12-17                 

2021            Jill Hofer, "Creators of Lubbock, Texas: Meet the Artists Making the "Hub City" the Hub of Creativity." Lubbock Economic                             Development Alliance, July 2021,

2021            Linda Jerkins, “Dawna Gillespie.” New South Finds, May 2021,

2020            Bob & Kelli Phillips, Texas Country Reporter, “Dawna Gillespie.” (Sept 12 & 13 (TX) Sept 18 & 20 (Nationally))


2020            KCBD, “Lubbock Metalsmith Featured on Texas Country Reporter” KCBD, September 12, 2020, 


2020            Joe Arredondo, “Dawna Gillespie Featured on Texas Country Reporter” Texas Tech School of Art, September 8, 2020, 


2020            Kelle Barnard, We're Here to Learn Podcast, "Dawna Gillespie, Copper d Studio" Season 2: Episode 6, March 11, 2020

2019            Gay Lewis, "Dawna Gillespie: Texas Metalsmith and Jewelry Extraordinaire.“ Texas Hill Country Magazine,

                    Winter Issue 2019 (Dec/Jan/Feb), p. 10-12


2019            T.R. Castillo, 24 Frames, “Dawna Gillespie.” KTTZ: PBS, Season 12 Episode 1,  (aired October 19th, 2019)


2019            Hailey Walter, “Tech Alumnus, Local Artist Dreams Big and Finds Successes” Daily Toreador, February 8, 2019

2018            Sarah Self-Walbrick, "Showing Her Metal: Lubbock Area Metalsmith, Jeweler Featured in National Magazine.“

                    Lubbock Avalanche Journal, December 9th, 2018, p. B7


2018            Amber Demien, "Designer Collection: Connecting Souls: The Designs of Dawna Gillespie“ Belle Armoire Jewelry,

                    Winter 2019 Issue (Dec/Jan/Feb), December 2018, p. 24-33

2018            Randy Rosetta, "Made In Lubbock“ Lubbock Magazine, November 2018, p. 16-17 & 22-23

2018            Elizabeth Hale, Trends & Friends, “Check Out this Tour Event to Get a Look at Great Local Art” KLBK, Nov. 5, 2018,


2018           "Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour" Lubbock Arts Alliance, November 2018 Brochure, front cover

2018           "International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards" Bead & Button, October 2018, p. 23

2018            Joe Arredondo, “Dawna Gillespie’s Art Practice Keeps the Exhibitions Coming” Texas Tech School of Art, September 2018, 


2018            Kathryn Keil, “Congratulations 2018 Finalists!” Facet Jewelry, June 2018, 


2017            Elizabeth Hale, Trends & Friends, “Hit the Town and Check Out the Artist Studio Tour this Weekend” KLBK, Nov. 6, 2017,


2017            James Eppler, "Featured Artist: Dawna Gillespie" Fox 34 Good Day Lubbock, September 2017,                                                       

2017            "Design Challenge Winners" Bead & Button, April 2017, p. 14

2017            Kathryn Keil, “5 Questions with Challenge Winner Dawna Gillespie” Facet Jewelry, January 2017,                                                 




Private Collections all across the U.S.



2020            Texas Works Award Semi-Finalist: Fashion & Design, Texas Works Award, September 2020

2018            "Resurrection": brochure front cover image, Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour, Lubbock Arts Alliance, November 2018

2018            "Textured Soul": website image, VisionMakers2018, 108|Contemporary, September-November 2018

2018            Finalist 2018 International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards, Bead&Button and Facet Jewelry, April 2018

2017            Design Challenge Winner & Reader’s Choice Award, Facet Jewelry, September 2017

2017            Design Challenge Winner, Facet Jewelry, January 2017




2014-2016   Director, V.A.S.E., Region 17, Frenship High School, Lubbock, TX

2013            Summer Instructor: “Art of Metal Jewelry Making.” Texas Tech University IDEAL, Lubbock, TX




2021            Juror for Spring Student Exhibition, Lubbock Christian University, Art Department, Lubbock, TX              

2020            Speaker as Professional Artist, Lubbock Christian University, Art DepartmentSculpture Class, Lubbock, TX

2019            Speaker as Professional Artist, Texas Tech University, School of Art: Graduate Class, Lubbock, TX

2019            Speaker as Professional Artist, Career Day, Idalou High School, Idalou, TX

2018            Worker, V.A.S.E. (Visual Art Scholastic Event), Region 17, Frenship High School, Lubbock, TX

2018            Artwork Donations: LHUCA Gala; Texas Tech University 5x7 Scholarship Gala; High Plains Wine Growers Soiree; Lubbock, TX

2017            Foreman, V.A.S.E. (Visual Art Scholastic Event), Region 17, Frenship High School, Lubbock, TX

2014            Juror, V.A.S.E., Region 17, Frenship High School, Lubbock, TX 

2014            Juror, V.A.S.E., Region 18, Permian High School, Odessa, TX




Lubbock Art’s Alliance, member (LAA)

Society of North American Goldsmiths, member (SNAG)

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