Mollie Douthit

Residential Fellow, 2018-2019.
Independent Visual Artist
Theme: Philosophy of Art

Question: “Do biography and place affect the artists’ process philosophically?”


Mollie Douthit was born and raised in Grand Forks; she received a B.F.A. in painting at UND. But she left North Dakota to develop as a painter, living in Boston and receiving great acclaim in Ireland. She is now back as IPPL’s resident fellow, using the Institute office as a studio space, and asking what it means to paint at home when home is both here and not here.

For her IPPL project, she will ask the question, “Do biography and place affect the artists’ process philosophically?” She will continue her work as a painter and develop, with IPPL a series of short videos about painting, with special attention to the role of paint itself and the way the medium both limits and frees the artist. These videos will highlight some of her recent work and will be available for free, on the IPPL website and YouTube.

Mollie received her BFA at the University of North Dakota, a Post Baccalaureate certificate the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland.  Her work has been published in New American PaintingsThe Irish Arts Review, and the Irish Independent. Reviews of Douthit’s work have been published in the Irish Times, and Sunday Times Culture. Her work is included in both public and private collections.

In 2013 she was the recipient of the Hennessy Craig Award from the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 2014 Douthit’s work was advanced to Stage II of the John Moores Painting Prize, and was highlighted through Saatchi Art’s ‘Invest in Art Series’. Completing her MFA Douthit was shortlisted for Saatchi Art’s New Sensation Prize. 2014 Exhibitions include the Continental Shift- Saatchi Gallery, London; If I show you the roses-Rubicon Projects, Dublin. 2015 Exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the RHA Ashford Gallery; Panorama group exhibition- Pallas Projects. 2016 exhibitions include Contemporary Realism group exhibition- Catherine Hammond Gallery; Courtship KCAT Engagement group Exhibition- Kilkenny Arts Festival. 2017 exhibitions include the RHA Annual, 440 Gallery Brooklyn ‘home’ group show and an exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art, supported by William Wosick’s ‘Maker’s Series’.

Her website can be found at

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