Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. Her travel and research in India, Japan, and Australia has influenced her work both as sources of dyeing and stitching practices and as places where textile artists share her beliefs in the integration of historical work in contemporary contexts.
Dorothy represented Canada at the World's Fair in Osaka in 1991 and returned to Japan in 1993 to participate in the International Shibori exhibition and conference. In 1997 she received a research grant for travel in India to study women's co-ops and the revival of Kantha stitching. This research lead to workshops on "the stitch" and curating an exhibition entitled "Stitching Women's lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India".
In 1998 she carried out a studio residency in Newfoundland which resulted in "Ground Cover" a solo exhibition which traveled in Canada and the United States.
For the past several years, she has been teaching workshops in Australia, as part of the Fiber Forum Symposiums. A research grant enabled her to travel and research Aboriginal map imagery in painting and textile. A two year grant for 2010-11 was awarded to support projects in the Australian outback and the Canadian Arctic.
Dorothy has been recognized by the Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian artist each year and has been nominated for the Governor Generals Award. She has executed major architectural commissions, and her work is in many permanent collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center, University of Nebraska