Gil Dellinger is a retired Professor of Art at the University of Pacific along with serving as the current President of PAPA, Plein Air Painters of America. Gil Dellinger has participated in over 300 group and one man show exhibits. 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 pastel painting. Painting from life, his work captures majestic landscapes, peaceful pastoral scenes, the drama of the Pacific Ocean and any scene that catches his eye. His masterful technique is extraordinary. He has been called a “Master Pastelist” by the Pastel Society of America. Dellinger is also accomplished in acrylic and oils.
He was chosen as one of the 22 artists to be invited as a guest to 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/Trinechera Ranch near Durango, Colorado which was featured in the January 1997 issue of American Artist Magazine. The works from the event was shown at the Forbes Magazine Building Gallery in New York as 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 works from the show were exhibited 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 Magazine.
Since 2001 to 2012 Dellinger curated seven exhibitions at the Haggin Museum, including seven paint outs and art sales, including three for the Plein Air Painters of America. The Yosemite exhibit, featured 25 nationally known artists, and Sea to Shining Sea, was a traveling exhibit to 12 museums around the U.S. In 2007 he was elected to the Plein Air Painters of America as a Signature Member.