Addoley Dzegede

Artist in Residence – Fall of 2023 at The Frick Pittsburgh

Pronouns: she/they

Photograph by Tara Geyer

I just returned from the Netherlands, where I had a Fulbright to do research over the past year. This collaborative residency with Alma Lewis and Frick Pittsburgh is a great landing to return to. It will give me some grounding. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2020, but have spent a lot of time away because of opportunities. Before I left for my Fulbright, I was in residence at Radiant Hall through the Knotzland residency, and I unfortunately had to cut my residency short. That residency, like Alma Lewis, was also started by a Black woman  (Nisha Blackwell). It means so much to me that Pittsburgh has such a welcoming and supportive arts community. It’s not something I expected moving here. Given this time and space, I’m excited to see which direction my work takes, and I feel this experience will be great for building community, learning more about my city, and continuing my career as an artist.” — Dzegede on her residency

Addoley Dzegede is a Ghanaian-American artist who was based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as a Fulbright awardee in Craft for the 2022/23 year. She grew up primarily in South Florida, and is currently based in Pittsburgh. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. She has exhibited and attended residencies in the US, Europe, and Africa, and sometimes collaborates with her partner Lyndon Barrois Jr. together as LAB:D. She was a 2018 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants.

Solo exhibitions include, Ballast, at Contemporary Art Museum St Louis and millefiori at KSMoCA in Portland, Oregon. Group exhibitions include the Ask Addoley + Anna podcast with Anna Ihle, commissioned by Coast Contemporary in 2019, the National Museum of Norway in 2020, A Structure Envisioned for Changing Circumstances in 2021, and most recently by CAC Brétigny in 2022; SOM, at the Woodland Gallery, Penn State Abington, PA; This Country, at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Overview is a Place at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York; theCounterpublic Triennial, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO; and Surface Forms at The Fabric Workshop & Museum in Philadelphia. 

Addoley has been an Artist-in-Residence at AiR Green in Norway, Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Osei Duro in Accra, Thread: a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Senegal, and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, among others. She was the Artist Researcher in Residence at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam for one year, starting September 2022.

Dzegede comments on her excitement for the upcoming residency:

This is my second residency at a museum. The first was in South Florida (where I’m from) and this residency is exciting because it’s where I live now, in Pittsburgh. I love museums and stories, and the Frick Pittsburgh is filled with stories: about objects, history, people, Pittsburgh, the Gilded Age, and the Frick family. Alma Lewis is dedicated to the stories and voices—both old, through the Black Archive, and new, through exhibitions and residencies—of Black artists. I think it could be an unusual collaboration, if not for the fact that the Frick Pittsburgh has been making moves to expand the stories that are told, from Pittsburgh and the Great Migration: Black Mobility and the Automobile, which is the current exhibition at the Car and Carriage Museum, to including facts about class and race in the tours at the Frick family’s house, Clayton.” 

Listen to Addoley talk about her work here.

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Addoley Recommends: 


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Balfour-Paul, Jenny. Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans. Firefly Books: 2011.

Greenfield, Amy Butler. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire. Reprint Edition. Perennial: 2006.

Guthrie, Rosey, Director. Craft in America: Borders. 2017; Craft in America, 2016. 55 minutes (video)

Lance, Mary, Director. Blue Alchemy: The Story of Indigo. 2011; New Deal Films, 2011. 79 minutes (film)

McKinley, Catherine E. Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World. Bloomsbury USA: 2012.

Obinyan, Aiwan, Director. Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History. 2018; AiAi Studios, 2018. 98 minutes (film)

Postrel, Virginia. The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. First edition. New York: Basic Books, 2020.

Rodriguez, Adrienne and Vejar, Kristine. Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home. Abrams, 2020.

Vogelsang-Eastwood, Gillian. “Asia, Africa and the Jansen Holland Wax Textiles from Helmond.” Textile Research Center, August 21, 2022.

Young, Robb. “Africa’s Fabric Is Dutch.” The New York Times, November 14, 2012.