Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1948, Gill studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Painting), Kansas City Art Institute and Alfred University (MFA, Ceramic Art). She grew up in Ramsey, New Jersey and Bethesda, Maryland.
Andrea Gill is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tiffany Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. In 2012 Gill received the Voulkos Fellowship Award from the Archie Bray Foundation.
Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and other public and private collections.
Some of her awards include being elected as a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2012, and in 2019 she received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Renwick Alliance. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland.
Over the years, Gill has exhibited her work in many galleries in solo exhibits and group shows, in New York, Scottsdale, AZ, Philadelphia and Aspen, CO and other cities.
Since 1984, Andrea Gill has been a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics. She retired in 2017 as Professor Emerita. She lives in the Village of Alfred and serves on the Village Board of Trustees.
“My work investigates a visually complex experience that can act as a focus for contemplation and meditation: the object as mediator between seeing and feeling. The goal is to connect the emotional, visceral and retinal with a moment of peace, perhaps even joy.”