Founded in 2023 by Pencil on Paper Gallery owner, Dr. Valerie Gillespie, Valerie Gillespie Contemporary's mission is to cultivate a vibrant and inclusive arts community in the city of Dallas. Through artist residencies, workshops, and community engagement initiatives, VGC strives to foster creativity, empower artists, and inspire meaningful connections.
One artist is awarded a residency each year through VGC where the criteria for acceptance is artistic excellence and scholarship. There are no residency fees, and need-based stipends and grants are available and open to the broadest possible community of artists. VGC encourages applications from local DFW artists in the visual arts.