As an artist, I explore ideas and make connections by working in series. Each piece within a series presents a new set of problems and drives the series forward, as I turn a given concept over in my mind.
Working with both wet and dry materials, I allow the medium to take charge. I find beauty in controlled accidents and follow where they lead. What makes it interesting is the realization that I am never “there” yet. I’ve never quite said what I’m ultimately trying to say; but along the way I touch on it, and I learn something from my efforts. Falling short of the mark keeps me engaged.
This process has transformed me from representational figurative painter working in oil on canvas to abstract mixed media artist working on just about anything. These days, I am as likely to shop for my materials at hardware stores as at art supply houses.
Nature and human nature both inspire and inform my art, which addresses such themes as life cycles, protective instincts, and man’s intrusion upon nature.
Dory's latest show Spartina is up at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center. Photo credit: Rachel Jones
Georgia State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa cum laude
Georgia State University, Master of Science, Human Resource Development
University of Georgia, Non-Degree Student, Visual Arts
George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Master of Library Science
Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Arts: Major, English; Minor, Fine Arts
Spartina, Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, Okatie, South Carolina, July 1-August 31, 2016.
Carapace, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, Tennessee, August 20-October 13, 2009.
Paintings from Brood Year, FuquaOrchid Center, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, April 23-July 16, 2007.
Paintings from Brood Year, Lawrence V. Johnson Library Gallery, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia, February 19-April 15, 2007.
Brood Year, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8-May 20, 2005.
Selected Works from Brood Year, Sandy Springs Branch, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Sandy Springs, Georgia, June-July 2004.
Fool’s Paradise/Brood Year, Delta Technology Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-30, 2004.
Two Person Exhibitions
From Nature, Jekyll Island Arts Association, Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island, Georgia, October 1-31, 2011.
Prints by Dory Ingram and Suzanne Clements, McIntosh Art Association, Darien, Georgia, April 29-May 28, 2007.
Harpeth Hall Alumnae Art Exhibit, Patton Visual Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, February 20-April 1, 2015.
Roots (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia Group Show), Blue Mark Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, February 3 - April 25, 2014.
Correcting for Drift (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia Group Show), Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Gallery, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, Georgia, February 27 - March 30, 2012.
Harpeth Hall Alumnae Art Exhibit, Patton Visual Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, February 24 - April 5, 2012.
Re-Nude, ARTworks, Beaufort, South Carolina, February 24, 2012.
I’m In Love with this Idea (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia Group Show), Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Gallery, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, Georgia, March 2 - April 22, 2011.
Brainstorm (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia Group Show), Gallery, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, Georgia, November 28, 2010 - January 28, 2011. Exhibition traveled to Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, North Carolina, February 11-March 26, 2011.
WCAGA Twenty Ten (Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia Group Show), Auditorium Gallery, Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, Georgia, March 25 - April 16, 2010.
Harpeth Hall Alumnae Art Exhibit, Patton Visual Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, February 23 - April 4, 2007.
Recent Works by Suzanne S. Clements, Dory Ingram, and Patti Provost, Brown Art Gallery, Swilley Library, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, January - March, 2005.
Harpeth Hall Alumnae Art Exhibit, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, February 28 - April 16, 2004.
BFA Graduating Show, Georgia State University Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, May 5 - 10, 2003.
Harpeth Hall Alumnae Art Exhibit, Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Nashville Tennessee, January 18 - February 23, 2001.
Little Things Mean a Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 2006-January 13, 2007.
Small Sketches and Drawings: Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, November 17, 2005-January 14, 2006.
The Art Wing: An Exhibit of Insect Art, Entomological Society of America Annual
Meeting, Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, December 15-18, 2005.
Turn up the Heat, Next Door Gallery, Leland, Michigan, January15-February 12, 2005.
Prints by Georgia Artists: A Holiday Show, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, November 29, 2001-January 12, 2002.
Juried Exhibitions and Awards
A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia, September 8-October 13, 2017. Juror: Garth Johnson.
Hilton Head Art League 2017 Biennale, Walter Greer Gallery, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 2-31, 2017. Judge: Susan Mayfield.
Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes, Women’s Caucus for Art, Eco Caucus, Westbeth Center for the Arts, New York, New York, February 7-22, 2015. Juror: Karen Gutfreund.
Water: A Universal Human Right, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, Robert Morris State Street Gallery, Robert Morris University, Chicago, Illinois, February 13-March 31, 2014. Jurors: Indira Freitas Johnson, Preston Jackson, Peggy Macnamara, and Julie Walsh.
100 at 100, Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, August 15-September 27, 2013. Juror: Jerry Cullum.
Looks Good on Paper, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, July 12-September 8, 2007. Juror: Julia Fenton.
Watercolor Society of Alabama 66th National Exhibition, Anniston Museum of Natural History, Anniston, Alabama, April 1-May 31, 2007. Juror: Cheng-Khee Chee.
Jekyll Island Art Association October 2006 Wildlife Artist Exhibition, Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island, Georgia, September 29-October 26, 2006. Juried by committee.
Watercolor Society of Alabama 65th Annual National Exhibition, Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, May 29-June 27, 2006. Juror: Mary Alice Braukman.
Award: Arches/Canson Paper Award.
Georgia Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition, Cobb Playhouse and Studio, Acworth, Georgia, September 7-October 15, 2005. Juror: Larry Walker. Award: Third Place.
Girardot National Juried Exhibition, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, July 1-30, 2005. Juror: Jeannie Denholm.
Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, October 16-December 26, 2004. Juror: Sean Ulmer.
Georgia Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia, September 2-October 15, 2004. Juror: David Becker.
South Cobb Arts Alliance 17th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Cultural Center, Mableton, Georgia, July 12-August 15, 2004. Juror: Gregor Turk. Award: Mable House Award of Distinction (First Place).
Watercolor Society of Alabama 63rd Annual National Exhibition, Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, March 1-26, 2004. Juror: Ted Minchin. Award: Winsor & Newton Award.
Georgia Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition, Bowen Center for the Arts, Dawsonville, Georgia, September 20-October 28, 2003. Juror: Don Getz. Award: Third Place.
A Regional View: Art in the Southeast. Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2-October 3, 2003. Juror: Alan Tiegreen. Award: Honorable Mention.
Articles and Reviews
“There’s a Bug Going Around,” Jerry Cullum, Outside the Lines: Art on the Edge in Atlanta, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Access Atlanta, May 17, 2007.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Georgia Watercolor Society, Exhibiting Member; President, 2004-2005
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Watercolor Society of Alabama, Signature Member
Women’s Caucus for Art (National)
Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia