Dr. Doreen Bolger

Doreen Bolger, PhD, completed a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, at Bucknell University in 1971, followed by a master’s degree at the University of Delaware in 1973. That same year, she began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts before joining the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research associate in the department of American paintings and sculpture in 1976. Remaining with the Met, she served as an assistant curator from 1978 to 1982 and as an associate curator of American paintings and sculpture from 1982 to 1988. During this period, Dr. Bolger achieved her Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1983. Dr. Bolger concluded her tenure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the curator of American paintings and sculpture and the manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art in 1989. From 1989 to 1994, she served as the curator of paintings and sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Texas, which she followed with a position as the director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum from 1994 to 1998. She retired in 2015, following 17 years as the director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Since then, Dr. Bolger has remained active in the field as a consultant for arts and nonprofit management in Baltimore, serving as board chair at the Creative Alliance.

Stories by Dr. Doreen Bolger
Opioid Wakes posits the subject of drug overdose and loss at the center of this exhibition.

There are so many rich and meaningful layers of complexity in this exhibit, its inspiration, and its significance, both for those directly impacted, and more universally, by drug overdose and opioid addiction.