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Dorotha Grace Lemeh

Afro-American, Black, African (Nigerian)- American woman based in Florida & Tennessee

Artist’s Biography


A northeastern-born southerner, as she likes to describe herself, artist Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh’s foray into art began with her mother’s encouragement to pursue her passion and love for painting. Her initial formal training as an artist, began at Father Ryan High School (FRHS) in Nashville, TN, with her instructor, Ms. Landolina. Her undergraduate studies at Tennessee State University resumed under the guidance of the following artists & educators: Paul Zeppelin, Geraldine Pletcher, Nina Lovelace, Viola Woods, Gus Baker, Ted Jones and Herman Beasley.  During her graduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University’s SoVA, she was incredibly fortunate to study with such extraordinary talents as artists, Santa Barazza, Richard Mayhew, and Rob Neffeson. The support & instruction provided by these individuals strengthened the foundation of her professional art career. For their unwavering support & guidance, she is eternally grateful.


Dorotha Grace Lemeh is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University (2005 – Current). She originally began her academic teaching career at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus; first as a faculty member in School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) painting & drawing program (1989 – 1992), and later as the SoVA’s Coordinator of Advising (1992 – 2005).

As a professional visual artist, Dorotha Grace has participated in over 80 exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She continues to receive awards and recognition for her creative works, including, Best of Show, 1stPlace, Merit Award in Painting & Honorable Mention. Out of the 80+ exhibitions in which she has participated featured below are a few exhibition highlights:

  • ARTIFACT – FFE, International Contemporary Art Fair, Scope Miami 2019, Miami, FL
  • Museum of Fine Arts, MoFA – FSU, 33rd Tallahassee International Juried Competition, Tallahassee, FL
  • Arlington Museum of Art, Group Exhibition Women’s Caucus for Art, Arlington,Texas
  • The National Civil Rights Museum, “African Influence/Contemporary Artists”, Memphis, TN
  • Noyes Museum of Art, NAWA Group Exhibition, Oceanville, New Jersey 
  • Florida Museum for Women Artists, “Expanding Visions”, Deland, FL
  • Florence Biennale Interazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea,Florence, Italy
  • Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, SAMA, “Who Am I: The Journey of the Artist”, Loretto, PA,  (solo)
  • Art in Nigeria, 5th Biennial of Pan African Circle of Artists Lagos, Nigeria
  • Crossing Boundaries and Frontiers: The 4th Biennale Centre Soleil d’Afrique, West Africa
  • The Unrealized Project, Balchik, Bulgaria
  • Palacip de la Cultural in Mexico, Artistas del Mundo en Tlaxacala-Mexico
  • Global Focus: Women in Art & Culture, The China World Trade Center, Beijing, China
  • Arts in Embassy Program (AIEP), U.S. Department of Art, Washington D.C
  • Triennial Sofia ’96: International Exhibition of Paintings, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Euphrat Museum, “To Your Health!”, Curpetino, CA.
  • Nexus: Science + Art, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

As an artist & educator, Dorotha Grace lectured and presented in the following venues: International Society of Education Through Art (InSEA), Melbourne, Australia; Theorizing African/Black Diaspora: History & Memory: An International Conference DePaul University, The Center for Black Diaspora; The Second Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education, Yale University; Rochester Institute of Technology; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She also has been a visiting artist at St. Mary’s College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Union College, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Long Island University-Brooklyn, NY, and Texas A & M University-Kingsville.

Reviews and/or images of her artwork are featured in catalogues, newspapers, and journals, such as: On-View Magazine, The International Review of African American Art Journal, Arts & Antiques Magazine, Gumbo Ya-Ya: An Anthology of African American Women Artists, Painting in Acrylics, the International Triennial of Painting: Sofia Bulgaria, Biennale Interazionalle Dell’ Arte Contemporary: Florence, Italy, Celebrating Visual Traditions, and Howard University ‘s Black Women in the Academy.

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