William Dolan explores the relationship of society to the urban realm through an
interpretation of the built environment. Focusing on ignored, outdated and well-worn bits of the city; the infrastructure that is left behind, as humans reshape their surroundings to support an increasingly homogeneous existence.
These often-overlooked places are reflective of those that create and use them. Some of it will survive as an indication of what happened around the turn of the 21st. Century. Much of it will disappear. It is this simultaneous ambivalence and reverence that people have toward their habitat that Dolan expresses through his work.
The American city is ever-changing. As cultures continue to be economically and socially mobile, they are also physically on the move; one group leaves, another takes it’s place. Possibly, the constantly changing city is the most visible evidence of a society’s evolution.
William Dolan’s paintings have been in group and solo exhibitions at several galleries and institutions, including Art Chicago;
Gallicurcci, Evanston, Illinois; DePaul University, Chicago; MortonCollege, Cicero, Illinois; The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, Indiana; and a public art commission for the City of Chicago.
Dolan received a Grammy Award Nomination for the album cover art for
“The Road to Bliss” by Cathy Richardson.
2009, Solo Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago
2008, Art Chicago
2007, Art Chicago
2006, Solo Exhibition, DePaul University, Chicago
2003, Morgan Park Art Center, Chicago
2002, Under Contract: Artists Look at Chicago Real Estate, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
2000, Solo Exhibition, Chicago Public Library
- 1999-2000, Gallery artist, Raw Art Gallery, Chicago
1999, Rogers Park Artists (shown in conjunction with David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood), North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, IL
- 1995-1996, Gallery Artist, Gallicurcci Original Works, Evanston, IL
1993, World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago
1992, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, Indiana
1990, Evanston & Vicinity, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1989, Akrasia Gallery, Chicago
- 1989, Solo Exhibition, Morton College, Cicero, IL
- 1989, Artbenches, public art installation, Navy Pier, Chicago
1988, Modern Love, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Nicole Hollander, curator
Alley Studies: A Trip Through Chicago's Other Street Grid, Neoteric Art 2012
Co-founder and contributor to NeotericArt.
46th Annual Grammy Nomination for Best Recording Package, The Road to Bliss, Cathy Richardson Band
Mary Houlihan, Three For the Show, Chicago Sun-Times, April 25, 2008
Pascal Dupont, L’Art S’Eclate À Chicago, L’Éxpress, 3 Juin 1993
Betty Sacek, Exhibit Displays Variety, Gary Post-Tribune, June 12, 1992