Bri Dill is an artist, instructor and entrepreneur whose main goal is to make art accessible to individuals of all ages, skill, interest level and financial means. Through art making, exhibition & education- Bri offers various services and opportunities that engage the public and encourage participation while promoting the importance of supporting local arts.
Bri attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston- and graduated with a BFA from Tufts University in 2010. Immediately following graduation Bri opened her first art gallery in East Boston, MA. The underground gallery’s success lead her to an offer to be the new executive director to a noteworthy local 501c3 art non-profit with international status and undeveloped potential. During the year Bri served as the executive director, she brought in many artists (local, national & international) raised funding and organized several public art events. Bri took advantage of her resources and organized her first large scale “art festival”. The high attendance, good publicity and overwhelming community engagement resulted in the event becoming an annual occurrence. Also, the organization’s focal point for many years after Bri’s departure in May 2012.
Bri moved from Boston back to her hometown of South Windsor, CT- Eager to penetrate the local art scene – she got a job where she assisted in the establishment of RAW: (an international art organization) the Hartford chapter, as the assistant to the director. Bri helped organized and curate monthly large scale art events. She simultaneously worked as an artist assistant, where she helped fabricate art pieces and fulfill orders for a local artist.
During this time, Bri developed a business plan and eventually launched Art.Lab in 2013- a traveling art class that hosted lessons, paint parties, fundraisers & exhibitions around CT. The concept was well received and ready to expand to its own space – In January 2015- Art.Lab gallery|studio opened in Manchester, CT as a location for classes & events. Bri was featured in the Hartford Courant and JI. She was named “Hartford’s BEST: 2nd place for best artist” in 2015 and 2019. Bri taught continuing education for Glastonbury & Manchester, CT, after school programs, private lessons, held residency at several local venues for monthly art events and taught at the Manchester Youth Service Bureau on a regular basis. Art.Lab’s popularity continued to grow- until Feb 2017, Bri made the decision to shut down the location in anticipation of the arrival of her first child in May. Since then, Bri has continued to hold private events and classes, teach through the Manchester Youth Bureau, organize various events, exhibit art & do commission work.