WELCOME October Resident Artist

The Back Apartment Residency is glad to welcome our next resident!

Clare Dolan (Glover, VT) will spend her time exploring St. Petersburg and its arts organizations, conducting research, creating new work, and sharing her art with the local community.  Below is information about the participant and her proposed residency projects. During her stay, Clare will share her experiences and observations as visiting artist in St. Petersburg in the Back Apartment Residency Blog.

Clare Dolan (Glover, VT)


Clare Dolan is a Nurse/Puppeteer and the Founder and Chief Operating Philosopher of the Museum of Everyday Life in Glover, Vermont. Her early interest in object collection and experience as a touring puppeteer with the Bread and Puppet Theater informs the mission of the Museum to explore, analyze and celebrate banal but beloved objects we touch every day. Dolan’s work appropriates the visual vocabulary of the Museum (drawers, cabinets, vitrines, frames, titles and labels, pedestals, wall text, etc.) and the performative vocabulary of museums (guided tours, docents, security guards, educational lectures, surveys, promotional posters, maps and cordons and barriers). These familiar devices are re-assembled into installations and performances that challenge the notions of culture and upend understanding of the mundane and the extraordinary.

Proposed project

During the residency, Dolan plans to develop the next chapter of Museum of Everyday Life drawing inspiration from St. Petersburg’s cultural institutions and the grassroots cultural productions. She’ll work with several small museums with particular visions and subject matter charting the display strategies of the exhibitions and observing visitors as they interact. She will seek out collectors and performative installation artists working in similar arenas.



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