Christine Dolinich-Matuska, PhD

Title: Teaching Artist, Pianist, Visual Artist
Location: Whiting, New Jersey, United States

Christine Dolinich-Matuska, Teaching Artist, Pianist and Visual Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Dr. Dolinich-Matuska became involved in her profession because her father was an engineer and he taught her to draw in perspective. Her parents also inspired her in the music arts, with her father playing in a band and her mother studying piano as an adult. Growing up in such a creative-minded household inspired her to study art in her academic pursuits. Dr. Dolinich-Matuska first obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the Douglass Residential College at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  She continued her education, later earning a Master of Fine Arts in painting at St. George University International in 2001, and a Doctor of Fine Arts summa cum laude in interdisciplinary arts and interactive sculpture from St. George University International in 2002. Throughout her career as a musician and visual artist, she has directed the Union County Conservatory, mentored graduate students in piano pedagogy at the Union Institute and University, and taught at Felician College, Prince George’s College, and Union College. She has also chaired the Piano Teachers Society of America Music, Art and Poetry Competition, served as a professional review panelist of the Union County Arts Grants Committee, curated visual arts for Merck and Co., Inc. and directed the Linden Art and Music Studio.

There is a thread of preservation that runs through all of the artwork of Dr. Dolinich-Matuska.  Many of her works include recycled materials and found objects. As an artist, Dr. Dolinich-Matuska’s work has been featured in both group and one-woman shows. These include being included in exhibitions at Caldwell College, Brookdale Community College, Rutgers University, Douglass College, the Morris Museum, the Middlesex College Art Gallery, the Los Angeles Women’s Center, and various other institutions. Her achievements include being one of four artists selected in a national competition to design and create millennium arts time capsules for the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Maryland. In her career, Dr. Dolinich-Matuska has received such accolades as the Teacher of the Year Award from the Piano Teachers Society of America, a grant from Change, Inc., and 29 Genia Robiner Piano Pedagogy Awards from the Piano Teachers Society of America. She has been a fellow of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts ,and was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists in 2000, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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