Gil Dellinger  ( 1942 - )

Gil Dellinger has participated in over 400 group and one person exhibitions. He is a retired Professor of Art at the University of the Pacific. He has inspired many young artists through his talent for teaching and his own artwork, having won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and Professional Contribution in 1990.

A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Dellinger excels in his pastel painting. Painting from life, his work captures majestic landscapes, peaceful pastoral scenes, the drama of the Pacific Ocean, dramatic vistas of the southwest, and any scene that catches his eye. His masterful technique is extraordinary. Gil is also a signature member of the California Art Club and the Plein Air Painters of America. He works in the studio with acrylic paint and on location with oil and acrylic.

He was selected as one of the 25 artists invited as guests at the Forbes Chateau in Balleroy, France to paint for 10 days in 1997. In 1996, he was selected by American Artist magazine as one of 12 artists to paint on the Forbes/Trinchera Ranch near Durango, Colorado which was featured in the January 1997 issue of American Artist Magazine. The works from the event were shown at the Forbes Magazine Building Gallery in New York at a special exhibition. In 1999, Dellinger was one of fifteen artists chosen by the Grand Canyon Trust to raft the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon and paint for ten days. The resulting show of works resulted in an exhibition at Forbes Gallery in New York in January 2001. The exhibit became the centerpiece for articles in American Artist Magazine and Art of the West.

He has since curated two major museum exhibitions, 25 artists Paint Yosemite at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California, and in 2003 Co-Curated, with John Cosby, the exhibit, "From Sea To Shining Sea" which toured the country to 12 museums from 2003 to 2006. He is in the process of putting the finishing touches on a touring show called "our Noble Roots, featuring 25 Contemporary American Painters. Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors:

  • Four awards for landscape painting - Pastel Society of America - named a Signature Member and a Master Pastelist
  • Three time inclusion in Top 100 Arts for the Parks
  • Award for Landscape Painting - California State Fair
  • Carmel Artist’s Association Artist’s Choice Award in 2001 for the Plein Air Festival
  • 1990 Distinguished Faculty Award - awarded for teaching excellence and contribution to his field - University of the Pacific
  • 1991 Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award - University of the Pacific
  • 2000 Stockton STAR Award for contribution to community art
  • 2003 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Western Regional Award for Artists
  • 2004 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Award for National Artist of the Triennium - 2004 to 2007


  • American Artist paints Colorado: 22 artists painting at the Forbes Ranch
  • American Artist Paints France: 25 Artists at the Forbes Chateau in Normandy
  • Chosen by the Grand Canyon Trust to raft the Colorado River and paint as an environmental fundraiser for the Trust.
  • Curator for Twenty Five Artists Paint Yosemite - an exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California in 2001
  • Co-Curator for SEA TO SHINING SEA a museum traveling exhibit opening in May 2004 and traveling to 7 museums

    Societies and Publications

  • Signature Member:
    • Plein Air Painters of America
    • Pastel Society of America
    • The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
    • California Art Club
  • Invitee Plein Air Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters, Sonora, and Carmel “Paint out” events
  • Featured in numerous articles in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, and the Pastel Journal
  • Featured in Painting with Passion and the Many Moods of Light - both published by North Light Press


  • The Haggin Museum
  • The Forbes Museum Gallery
  • The Forbes Family
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The University of the Pacific
  • Jean and Linda Stern
  • And over 500 private collections

  • Dolores between Ocean & 5th
    Tel: 831-624-8010
    Fax: 831-624-8015
    Mailing: P.O. Box B-1
    California 93921