Dorothy Englander lives and works in Albany, NY. After raising three children, she returned to Skidmore College, where she had studied biology and art as a young student, to earn a BS in art; she then earned the MFA degree at the University at Albany NY. MS Englander has shown regionally and nationally for more than three decades. Her art is in many public, corporate, and private collections, including the Hyde Collection, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the University at Albany, and the collection of the New York State Comptroller.
She has been awarded best of show, purchase, and jurors’ awards, and has had fellowships at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Contemporary Artists Center, then in North Adams, MA. She has taught drawing and painting at Sage Colleges, the University at Albany, the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, as a guest artist in public schools, and to private students.
Ms Englander’s work is published in Artists' Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the
Unconscious Mind, by Lynn Gamwell, Ernest Hartmann, and Donald Kuspit. Her images have been used on book covers for Demeter Press, Montreal. As a
painter and poet, she was a featured artist/writer on thewriterseye.com. She
works in a variety of mediums, including collage, oil, watercolor, ink
drawing and monotype.
Recent paintings feature a return using the "house" and other dwellings as metaphor relating to autobiography. This symbol occurs throught her work in different media, over the years.
Other works include imaginative landscapes based on her experiences in New Mexico, the Caribbean, and Gloucester MA, as well as micro-biological and nature-based imagery that relate to her interest in biology and the natural world. Recently she returned to abstraction in collage and painting. Some works reflect whimsical and absurd Orwellian objects with invented symbolism, that reflect her response to current upheavals in politics and culture.
She has been honored with a four decade retrospective of her art in September 2019, at the Albany Center Gallery.