Artist-in-Residency Program Welcomes Christiane Dolores

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (September 1, 2021) – Christiane Dolores, also known as Madame Dolores, is the current artist taking residence at The Westmoreland as part of an ongoing partnership with BOOM Concepts. Her residency began in mid-August and will run through February 11, 2022.

As a multi-platform cross-disciplinary artist, Madame Dolores employs sound, vision, text, and performance as storytelling tools to create radical, sometimes controversial, cultural engagements. She is also the founding member of the #notwhite collective, a group of 13 femme artists who use their art to make their stories visible as they excavate histories, expose realities, and exorcise oppression.

“This incredible artist residency opportunity of time, space, and resources, which I have not had access to until now, arrives at a pivotal shift in my life as I transition from a career as an arts administrator, to my earlier incarnation as an artist/creative,” commented Madame Dolores about her residency at The Westmoreland.

“We are excited to work with such a dynamic artist and to see the inspiration she draws from The Westmoreland’s permanent collection and the Museum’s community during her residency,” stated Erica Knuckles, Director of Learning, Engagement and Partnerships.

The Westmoreland’s Artist-in-Residency Program, which features four to six artists annually, emphasizes the Museum’s commitment to engaging and supporting Black and marginalized artists, to promoting equity in the arts, and to sharing compelling and meaningful cultural experiences with the regional community. The Museum and BOOM Concepts partnered to create the program, which to date has provided residencies for four artists, including Madame Dolores.

Thomas Agnew, BOOM Concepts Co-founder, remarked that, “We are here to help other institutions and organizations build in the areas that they feel like they need some help in. So, we are happy to be able to continue this important work with The Westmoreland and to assist them with realizing their vision,” in regards to his organization’s role in the partnership.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Artist-in-Residency Program is presented in partnership with BOOM Concepts and made possible by generous support from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Learn more about the program at thewestmoreland.org/programs/artist-in-residency-program.

About Artist Christiane Dolores:
Multi-platform cross-disciplinary artist, Christiane Dolores, a.k.a. Madame Dolores, employs sound, vision, text, and performance as storytelling tools to create radical, sometimes controversial, cultural engagements. At the heart of her work is a humanistic empathy that questions our inability to coexist and reimagines new mythologies of inclusion and belonging. Her practice is rooted in responding to compelling questions about cultural definitions, the root of hatred, cognitive dissonance, binary systems, and the ongoing social conflicts of Us vs Them. She thinks of what she does as social-cultural anthropology, employing the ethnographic technique by culling audio, text and images to create a record of our struggle to be human. Her textual, visual, musical work responds to burgeoning questions about human behavior and inhuman cruelty. How are these confounding, at times, disturbing actions seen through the lens of justice, compassion and understanding and how will that propel us to evolve?

Madame Dolores has earned many accolades and opportunities for her work. In 2017, she received the Pittsburgh Business Times Women First award, and in 2014, was commissioned by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to create a song and lead Pittsburgh’s inaugural Complaints Choir during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. She has also been recognized as the winner of an 2010 August Wilson Center Fellowship; an awardee of a 2011 and 2020 grant from Advancing the Black Arts in support of solo musical releases; a 2007 honoree at the New Hazlett Theatre “Celebrating Women in the Arts; a 2003 winner of the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship for World/Jazz/Blues musical composition; and a 2002 Pittsburgh Magazine “40 under 40” award winner. She received funding from Sprout for two MiniM Music Festivals for the Blues and Jazz genres and for “Listen to This, featuring poetess, Ursula Rucker; a commission from Pittsburgh Foundation to write her first play, Saffronia; funding from Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative to produce Saffronia: the Mulatto Slave, which came in 2nd place at the Trinidad Theater Festival, in 2016.

Madame Dolores is the founding member of the #notwhite collective, a group of 13 femme artists who use their art to make their stories visible as they excavate histories, expose realities, and exorcise oppression. She has also been very dedicated to the arts community as the artist relations manager at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, where she worked for 15 years leading several landmark programs and increasing engagement and support of typically underserved artists, especially people of color and women, and is now currently working at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Art as their technical assistant of arts and culture.

Visit her website at madamechristianedolores.com.

About The Westmoreland Museum of American Art:
Western Pennsylvania’s only museum dedicated to American art, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is a place to share meaningful cultural experiences that open the door to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities. The Westmoreland’s extraordinary permanent collection with its strong focus on the art and artists of Southwestern Pennsylvania is complemented by an impressive temporary exhibition schedule featuring both nationally traveling exhibitions and those organized by the Museum. Additionally, The Westmoreland presents a full slate of community-oriented programming as well as special events. More information is available at thewestmoreland.org and on the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.

General admission to the Museum is free with advance online registration recommended. The Museum’s operating hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. One can find information on registering for a visit at thewestmoreland.org/visit. For information on ways to connect with the Museum through virtual experiences, please click here.

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