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Dolores Wilber looks for ways to work with other people to make things together. How we live, work, abide and survive occupy her attention. Performance, film and installation are primary consequences. The outcomes are formal, and often baroque, exaggerated and dramatic, aiming for intimacy and recognition. Creating a setting to have an experience with other people together is essential to her work. Live performance is transformative in a way that mediated experiences can rarely attain. More enduring forms in film and print are essential to extend beyond the limits of the immediate audience.  Intense research, site specificity, and multimedia activated by live interaction and collaboration are the methodology; culture, memory, the body, and connections to others are the content. She interrogates what is right rather than what is wrong.

A Chicago artist who has exhibited widely including in Chicago, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, London, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, and China, Wilber has received grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Park District Arts Partners Residency Program, the American Embassy Travel grants, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and a Peabody Award for her work for the national public radio program This American Life. She is a professor of Graphic Design in the School of Design at DePaul University. Cultural survival occupies my formal and baroque investigations that are droll, entertaining and aim for beauty.

I am an artist, designer and teacher. I am a Chicago artist who has exhibited widely including in Chicago, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, London, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, and China. I have received grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Park District Arts Partners Residency Program, the American Embassy Travel grants, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and a Peabody Award for my work for the national public radio program This American Life. I am a professor of Graphic Design in the School of Cinema and Interactive Media at DePaul University.  Cultural survival, and an emphasis on the body occupy my formal and baroque investigations that are droll, entertaining and aim for beauty. Travel strongly informs my work including exploration of North America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, the Middle East and India.

dolores.wilber@gmail.com
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