9x9x3: New Visions
May 10 - August 3, 2014
Textile traveling exhibition organized by The Textile Study Group of New York.

Dubuque Museum of Art was the final venue and last chance to see this celebratory 35th anniversary traveling exhibition from The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY). 52 intimate fiber worlds, each contained within a 9x9x3 inch framed box, by 37 artists were selected by juror Janet Koplos, a retired Senior Editor of Art in America and guest editor at American Craft. TSGNY is a dynamic group whose members are some of today’s most innovative and influential contemporary artists, instructors, and curators in American fiber arts. An incredibly diverse range of materials and techniques were found in this unique exhibition.

The exhibiting artists were: Ludmila Aristova, George-Ann Bowers, Deborah Brand, Jane Barrows Broaddus, Benedicte Caneill, Katherine D. Crone, Margaret Cusack, Tracy Jamar, Erin Endicott, Sandra G. Fishman, Patricia Frik, Cheryl Gerhart, Sandra Golbert, Jeanne Heifetz, Linda Brooks Hirschman, Deborah Johnson, Mo Kelman, Julia Kiechel, Nancy Koenigsberg, Carole P. Kunstadt, Saberah Malik, Dorothy McGuinness, Yasuko Okumura, Linda Parker, Zenaide Reiss, Gail Resen, Lois Russell, Barbara Schulman, Harriet Serenkin, Naomi Tarantal, Devon Thein, Charlotte Thorp, K. Velis Turan, Marguerite Wolfe, Colette Wolff, Saaraliisa Ylitalo, Erma Martin Yost.

Image: Margaret Cusack, Two Trees in René Magritte's Garden, 2011, threads, fabrics, balsa wood, paint, and gesso, 9x9x3 in., collection of the artist.
From the Permanent Collection: Ilze Siltumens-Holzer
April 29 - August 3, 2014

Much admired as a “New Regionalist,” Ilze Siltumens-Holzer (America, 1955-2005) was best known for her expressionistic landscapes of the rural Midwest. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1992. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed artists Tom Uttech, Bill Nichols, and Adolph Rosenblatt, she studied painting from 1993-95 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Siltumens-Holzer exhibited frequently during the 1990s and early 2000s in the Milwaukee area. In 2002, she moved with her husband, James Holzer, to Hannibal, Missouri where they owned and operated the Red Hat Gallery. Dubuque Museum of Art organized an exhibition of her work in August 2006.

Image: Ilze Siltumens-Holzer (America, 1955-2005), Forest Series #7, 2001, oil on Masonite, 24x30 in., gift of James Holzer, 2008.8.12.
Marcia Wegman: Midwest Landscapes
March 14 - July 13, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

After a long, seemingly unending Midwest winter it was a breath of fresh air to experience the exhibition Midwest Landscapes by Iowa City pastel artist, Marcia Wegman. Her images reminded us that, good or bad, the seasons don’t last. Lush hills, calm rivers, snowy fields can all be found in Wegman’s detailed pastel works.

Wegman was born in Washington D.C. in 1935 and raised in Ohio. She received her MFA studying printmaking at the University of Iowa under print legend, Mauricio Lasansky. Before becoming a full-time artist, Wegman and her husband ran the iconic store Things & Things & Things in Iowa City for 34 years. Wegman follows in a long line of Regionalist artists who celebrate their surroundings in their art, beginning with Grant Wood who also made his mark in Iowa City and studied and taught at the University.

For years, Wegman worked in a variety of mediums before discovering her extraordinary skill at pastels and is now a member of the Iowa Pastel Society and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work ethic as an artist is rigorous. She challenges herself and maintains her skills by occasionally switching to abstract painting in acrylic as well as attending workshops and participating in regular drawing groups. Since 2009, Wegman has been selected for every Biennial exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Her work also has been selected for magazine competitions and major commissions. She has published several books, the most recent, Iowa Pastel Landscapes published by Penfield Books, is available for sale at the museum during the exhibition. Visit the artist’s website at marciawegman.com.

Image: Marcia Wegman (America, b. 1935), Fall Field, 2012, pastel, 28 ¾x26 in., collection of the artist.
The Knuth Collection: Associated American Artists and Regionalism
January 21 - April 27, 2014
Organized by University of Dubuque Bisignano Art Gallery in partnership with Dubuque Museum of Art

A selection of ten early 20th century prints on loan from the University of Dubuque’s Knuth Collection, a collection of 50 Regionalist prints acquired by Dr. Helen Knuth (UD, 1933) from Associated American Artists (AAA). Also on view were two original AAA catalogs and Grant Wood's Sultry Night, a print that was sold by AAA but because it contained a nude male figure was banned from being included in the catalogs or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service.

Early 20th century American Regionalist art is the core focus of the Dubuque Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Iowa artist, Grant Wood, was one of the founders of the Regionalist style. Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and John Steuart Curry of Kansas, whose works were also in this exhibition, were also credited with establishing the American Regionalist style of art that focused on realistic, often heroic, portrayals of local, familiar, and mainly rural subjects.

Image: Thomas Hart Benton (America, 1889-1075), Haystack, 1938, lithograph, 10x12 in., Knuth Collection, University of Dubuque

Nicolai Fechin and DuMA New Acqusitions
Through April 27, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Two Nicolai Fechin paintings that are on long-term loan to Dubuque Museum of Art return for an encore exhibition. We continue to be grateful to be able to offer these wonderful works by this masterful artist for our visitors to enjoy.

The Fechin paintings were accompanied by a selection of new acquisitions to the DUMA permanent collection over the past three years by artists Nancy Purington, Francesco Licciardi, Emily Christenson, Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, and Richard Moninski.

Image Left: Nicolai Fechin (American born in Russia, 1881-1955), Portrait of an Indian Boy, n.d., oil on canvas, 16x13 in., on long-term loan from the collection of an anonymous donor, L2011.3.
Image Right: Nicolai Fechin (American born in Russia, 1881-1955), Portrait of an Indian Girl, n.d., oil on panel, 17x14½ in., on long-term loan from the collection of an anonymous donor, L2011.4
High School Art Show
March 28 - April 20, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Artwork by art students from Dubuque's Senior, Wahlert, and Hempstead high school was on view for a limited engagement in the Museum's Falb Family Gallery.

Image: Installation view
Decorative: Images by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian Collection
November 23, 2013 – March 16, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council/Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

This installment of Curtis photogravures in the Museum’s Falb Family Gallery featured 37 images of American Indian decorative arts. Accompanying the images were 9 works of rare Native American basketry and pottery from the private collection of Dubuque collector Mary Ellyn Jensen.

Edward S. Curtis spent more than 30 years of his life photographing over 80 North American Indian tribes west of the Mississippi. The arts in Native American life were extensively recorded by Curtis including stories, music, and images of decorative objects. In the texts that were part of The North American Indian collection, he recorded volume after volume of myths and legends. Musical compositions were written down for posterity. The skill and craftsmanship displayed in ceremonial and everyday objects were richly preserved in thousands of images.

The North American Indian collection came to the Dubuque Museum of Art’s permanent collection in 2009 thanks to the efforts of the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee.

Image: Edward S. Curtis (America, 1868-1952), Pima Baskets, plate 41, 1907, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 10 1/4x15 3/4 in., gift of Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randall Lengeling, 2009.41.
Karen Kurka Jensen: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
November 8, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Sumi-e (soo-me eh') artist, Karen Kurka Jensen, presented 13 ink brush paintings in the Museum’s Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery. Karen is a nationally recognized sumi-e artist from Minnesota who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sumi-e is the ancient art of East Asian brush painting that originated in China thousands of years ago. The technique of sumi-e is related to calligraphy. It is characterized by an economy of strokes and tonal variations. Karen studied the technique for over 10 years under the guidance of Susan Frame and Susan Christie and has evolved her imagery into a new American-style sumi-e that uses traditional tools, called the Four Treasures: Japanese inks, bamboo brushes, grinding stone, and Asian rice paper.

Image: Karen Kurka Jensen, The Rivers of My Homeland VIII, 2013, ink and watercolor on xuan paper, 54x27 in., collection of the artist.
Arthur Geisert's Aesop & Company
November 13, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

On view for the first time at Dubuque Museum of Art were six etchings from Arthur Geisert’s nineteen illustrations for Aesop & Company With Scenes From His Legendary Life by Barbara Bader [HMH Books for Young Readers, 1991]. Geisert’s blend of naturalistic local landscapes with animated, expressive figures brings these stories to life with a Midwest spin.

Born and educated in California, Arthur Geisert has lived in the Midwest for the majority of his artistic career, including Galena, Illinois and currently Bernard, Iowa.  He has illustrated over 25 children’s books for which he has received numerous awards including three New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Awards.

Image: Arthur Geisert (America, b.1941), Aesop & Company, Cry Wolf, 10/100, 1990, etching on Rives BFK paper, image: 11 7/8x9 5/16 in., The Arthur Geisert Collection. Gift of Arthur & Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack & Mantea Schmid., 02.11.107

Tom Nakashima: Nature Morte
August 10 - November 10, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by a grant from the James B. and Melita Ann McDonough Foundation.

Tom Nakashima’s exhibition, Nature Morte, featured four monumental canvases along with supporting works inspired by mounds of dead and pulled up trees and brush known as treepiles. Using printmaking, painting, and collage, Nakashima brought works of unprecedented scale to the Museum, the largest, The Brothers Karamazov, being almost 10 feet high by 30 feet wide.

Treepiles are a common but often overlooked site on the landscape. These man-made forms signify a change to the landscape either planned or unplanned. After periods of flooding or wild fires, treepiles are signs of clean-up. Farmers and other land owners clear their land for a variety of reasons such as to increase space for livestock or crops or to develop land for commercial or residential building. It was the shape of a treepile that attracted the observant eye of Nakashima but it was the reasons behind the treepiles that inspired this artist to incorporate the form into his artwork.

Nakashima was born in 1941 in Seattle, Washington. He grew up in Dubuque and received his B.A. from Loras College in 1965. He received an M.A. in 1966 and M.F.A. in 1967 from the University of Notre Dame. Currently Nakashima is the William S. Morris Scholar in Art Emeritus at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia and Professor Emeritus at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Image: Tom Nakashima, The Brothers Karamazov, 2010, magazine collage and acrylic on canvas, 119 x 360 in., collection of the artist.
Monochrome: Pastel Works by Heather O'Neil
July 19 - October 27, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Twelve luminous pastel portraits by emerging Dubuque artist, Heather O'Neil, were on view in the Museum’s McNamer Gallery. O’Neil is originally from Dubuque, graduating from Hempstead High School in 1994. She worked as a commissioned portrait artist while living in Lake George, New York and spent time on two humanitarian missions to Africa, which inspired her Congo series of portraits. She and her husband now reside in Dubuque.

Image: Heather O'Neil, Congo Boy II, 2011, soft pastel on paper, 38 ½ x 27 in., collection of the artist
Thomas Moran and New Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection
March 15 - Septmber, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Two Thomas Moran paintings that are on long-term loan to Dubuque Museum of Art returned for an encore exhibition. These popular paintings of The Grand Canyon and Venice made their first public appearance in over 70 years last spring when they were loaned to DuMA from a private local collection.

The Moran paintings were accompanied by a selection of new acquisitions to the DUMA Permanent Collection over the past three years by artists Max Ernst, Don Glasell, Persis Weaver Robertson, Charles Schroeder, Norman Zepeski, Carl H. Johnson Jr., and Ellen Wagener.

Image left: Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunrise, 1910, oil on canvas, 16 1/4x201/4 in., private collection, L2011.2

Dubuque Camera Club
July 26 - October 13, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

It warrants attention when amateur and professional artists as well as hobbyists can successfully come together in informal groups or specialized clubs and colonies for fellowship, collaboration, and constructive competition. Artists can gain exposure to new ideas, themes, and techniques from their peers with regular participation in a group dedicated to their medium but the opportunities for such fellowship are typically rare. This exhibition of 24 works by 20 photographers presented a select sampling of the beautiful images captured by the members of one such group, the Dubuque Camera Club.

The Dubuque Camera Club has been in existence since the early 1940s with its start at the Dubuque YMCA. The current club has over 30 members and is part of the N4C which is an organization of 42 camera clubs in 11 North Central states.

The Club meets the first and third Mondays, September through May at the EB Lyons Center in Dubuque. More information about the Dubuque Camera Club can be found online at dubuquecameraclub.com.

Image: Cara Pusateri, A New Day, 12x18 in., June 2006, digital photograph printed on canvas, collection of the artist.

Copyright 2013 Sandra DyasDubuque Museum of Art

2013 BIENNIAL JURIED EXHIBITION

April 6 – July 21, 2013

Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Marella.

The fourth Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition featured exciting works of art by some of the most talented artists in a 200 mile radius of Dubuque. Generously sponsored by Marella fine gifts, located in the Roshek building downtown Dubuque, this home-grown exhibition highlights the quality and variety of artwork being produced by the artists of this area. Special thanks to this juror Mr. James Welu, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Welu presented a gallery talk on Sunday, April 21st at 1:30 pm. The 2013 Biennial was the most competitive call for entries yet with 124 artists submitting 348 works of art. Of those, 47 artists and 50 works of art were selected by the juror for the exhibition. The artists included in the 2013 Biennial were:

Jesse Bakey - Sherrill, IA; Guy Benson - Evanston, IL

Beth Bird - Galena, IL; Christina Bolgren - Dubuque, IA

Kayla Carlson - Maquoketa, IA; Gail Chavenelle - Dubuque, IA

C. Arthur Croyle - Ames, IA; Catherine Jones Davies - Anamosa, IA

Phil Dorothy - Iowa City, IA; Ken Dubin - Fairfield, IA

Sandra L. Dyas - Iowa City, IA; Adam Eikamp - Dubuque, IA

Stephanie Failmezger - Peosta, IA; Delores Fortuna - Galena, IL

Jenny Harms - Dubuque, IA; Carla Heathcote - Dubuque, IA

Thomas Jewell-Vitale - Dubuque, IA; Carl H. Johnson Jr. - Galena, IL

Louise Kames - Dubuque, IA; Alda Kaufman - Dubuque, IA

Lauretta Kelley - Iowa City, IA; Mary Kline-Misol - Clive, IA

Joseph Lappie - Davenport, IA; Diego Lasansky - Iowa City, IA

Nancy Lindsay - Anamosa, IA; Carol S. Mantey - Galena, IL

Christopher Martin - Ames, IA; Brian McCormick - Madison, WI

Alice McMahon - Galena, IL; Barbara Mills - Bellevue, IA

Christian Narkiewicz-Laine - Galena, IL; Pam Ohnemus - Davenport, IA

Hans Eric Olson - Iowa City, IA; Lori V. Raife - Iowa City, IA

Jessica Rebik - Galena, IL; John-Thomas Richard - Hazel Green, WI

Robert Rivoire - Galena, IL; Brian M. Roberts - Pella, IA

John Paul Schafer - Cedar Rapids, IA; Elizabeth Shriver - Coralville, IA

Jessica Teckemeyer - Dubuque, IA; Peter Robert Thompson - Mineral Point, WI

Tonya Tubbs - Cross Plains, WI; Joseph Turek - Freeport, IL

Barbara Walton - Ames, IA; Marcia Wegman - Iowa City, IA

Dawn Wohlford-Metallo - Bettendorf, IA

Image: Biennial 1st Place Award by Sandra L. Dyas, Don, The Modern Barbershop, Burlington, Iowa, 2012, color photograph, 33x22 in., collection of the artist.
Margaret Whiting: Art and the Environment
March 22 - July 7, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Margaret Whiting is an Iowa artist who creates paper sculptures, collages, and installations from discarded law books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, science books, maps, and card catalogs. She uses her artwork to explore contemporary issues related to land use and encourages thoughtful consideration of the laws that regulate American society's impact on the land.

A native of Minnesota, Whiting lives and works in Waterloo, Iowa. She graduated in Medical Technology from the University of Minnesota and received a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. She worked as a medical technologist in hospital laboratories and has taught workshops in papermaking and bookmaking. Whiting has participated in numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions.

Image: Margaret Whiting, Catalog (detail), 2013, library catalog cards, objects from nature, and wood shelf, 24x213x4 in., collection of the artist

God Bless America by Seward Johnson after Grant Wood's American Gothic God Bless America by Seward Johnson after Grant Wood's American Gothic

God Bless America by Seward Johnson
October 13, 2010 - June 25, 2013
Made possible by Woodward Communications/Telegraph Herald, Dr. Randy Lengeling, Bob and Donna Wahlert, Tri-State Independent Physicians Association, Dubuque Internal Medicine, McGraw Hill Employee Grant Program, Jack and Mantea Schmid, Alan and Beth Bird, Ed and Susie Butler Ritts, Prudential, Farber Bag Company, Ken Schubert, and Jim and Jean Gantz.

At 25 feet high and 14x14 feet at its base and weighing in at 30,000 pounds, there was no Midwestern reserve to be found in this celebrated and much parodied Iowa couple inspired by Grant Wood's American Gothic and towering over the museum for almost 3 years. Seward Johnson took the famous duo from one of the most iconic paintings in art history and literally amplified them to gigantic proportions. No shrinking violets, this pair! They dominated the museum landscape inspiring viewers to recollect a gentler, less complicated (albeit idealized) past and pose for a fun photo op!

Johnson is well-known for his realistic sculptures found in many outdoor venues across the country and his Beyond the Frame series where he brilliantly re-creates Impressionist paintings into 3D sculptural scenes where you can actually walk among the figures and objects in the paintings. The sculpture has travelled throughout the United States but this was its first time in Iowa, the home state of Grant Wood.

Photo: “God Bless America” by Seward Johnson at Dubuque Museum of Art. See more images on our Facebook page.

John Bissell's Animal Series
Through March 24, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

On view in the amuse bouche balcony gallery, tThese bold lithographs are part of an animal series by local artist, John Bissell that were recently donated to the Dubuque Museum of Art by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Cairns. Done in pairs, one in black & white and one in color, Bissell represented 8 different animals including an American Merino, a Mikumi warthog, Pacific walrus, moose, African hippopotamus, bull elk, sea elephant, and a Stone sheep. Four of the pairs are presented for the first time in this mini exhibition.

Image: John A. Bissell (American, b. 1938), Ram Series, American Merino, 30/125, 1980, hand-colored lithograph on paper, 10 ½ x 14 in., gift of Dr. Robert Scott and Sandra K. Cairns, 2010.45
A City at Work: 1912 and 2012
December 7, 2012 - March 24, 2013
In partnership with Dubuque Museum of Art, Loras College Center for Dubuque History, and Iowa Art Council. Made possible by the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Grant Program for Special Projects and Klauer Family Foundation as well as Art Gumbo Dubuque, Dubuque Main Street, Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts, Gronen Restoration, Humanities Iowa and National Endowment for the Humanities, Mediacom, National Endowment for the Arts, State Historical Society of Iowa-Historical Resource Development Program, and Union-Hoermann Press

In May 1912, two men spent a few weeks photographing Dubuque citizens, businesses, and buildings. Their intention was to make a profit by selling the photos to those people and businesses they captured on film. When they left town, they left behind roughly 440 glass plate negatives which were purchased at the time by local businessman Peter Klauer, then President of Klauer Manufacturing. These photographs sat in storage for many decades but were eventually re-discovered in the 1980’s and given by the Klauer family to the Center for Dubuque History at Loras College. The negatives are now known as The Klauer Collection and have become one of the most significant historical records of early 20th century Dubuque.

Using The Klauer Collection for the basis of this project, local artist and photographer Tim Olson has endeavored to capture some of the same views in early 21st century Dubuque. Using a similar, but modern, version of equipment that was used in 1912, Mr. Olson has captured many of the same views, businesses, buildings, and industries. The resulting exhibition, A City at Work: 1912 and 2012, showcases both the historic and contemporary photographs. The juxtaposition of both the old and new images tell a story of remarkable change – reflecting dynamic transformations in economics, technology, diversity, and human progress.

Cynthia Nelms-Byrne: Inspired by Poets
November 7, 2012 - March 17, 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Dubuque artist, Cynthia Nelms-Byrne presented her newest collection of paintings in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery through March 17, 2013. Nelms-Byrne drew inspiration from five of her favorite poets. Her main inspiration was singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen but also Billy Collins, Sara Teasdale, Kay Ryan, and Rebecca Christian. Using their lyrics and poems she created eight pairs of paintings, sixteen altogether – one realistic and one abstract, harmoniously coordinated through color and composition.

Nelms-Byrne was born in Denver, Colorado, and has also lived in Oregon, California, and Spain. For most of her life, she worked in the mortgage banking industry, but in 1989 she returned to school in California to further her education in graphic design and fine art. She has lived in Dubuque since 1995 with her husband Robert.

Image: Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, Dance Me, 2012, oil on board, 17x13 in., collection of the artist, based on a photo by Phil Echo.

Nicolai Fechin and Southwest Art from the Permanent Collection
August 2012 - March 2013
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art
A rare opportunity to see two exquisite works by Russian/American master and celebrated Southwest artist, Nicolai Fechin.

Fechin was born in 1881 in the Tatar city of Kazan, Russia, located east of Moscow in west central Russian on the Volga River. At the age of 13, he attended the Kazan School of Art followed by the highly competitive St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts, where he was taught by the great Russian history and portrait painter, Ilya Repin. Fechin excelled in drawing and portrait painting. He experimented using the palette knife to apply thick layers of paint to the canvas while his faces maintained a stricter, realistic technical style.

Fechin and his family survived the Bolshevik Revolution and the emergence of the Soviet Republic. They arrived in New York City in August 1923 where he quickly obtained a number of important portrait commissions such as Willa Cather and Lillian Gish. He also taught at the New York Academy and exhibited at the National Academy of Design.

In 1926, they moved to Taos, New Mexico where a small community of artists was beginning to form, soon to become one of the major artistic communities in the United States. Fechin transformed their Taos home into an architectural masterpiece - today it is the Taos Art Museum.

Fechin died in 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He continued to paint and teach until his death. He always valued academic traditions in teaching art, most importantly studying and drawing the human form, but encouraged his students to be original and true.

Image Left: Nicolai Fechin (American born in Russia, 1881-1955), Portrait of an Indian Boy, n.d., oil on canvas, 16x13 in., on long-term loan from the collection of an anonymous donor, L2011.3.
Image Right: Nicolai Fechin (American born in Russia, 1881-1955), Portrait of an Indian Girl, n.d., oil on panel, 17x14½ in., on long-term loan from the collection of an anonymous donor, L2011.4
Iowa Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition
October 18 – November 25, 2012

Dubuque Museum of Art was proud to be the first venue on the Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2012 Traveling Exhibition tour. The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) is an organization committed to supporting and encouraging the advancement of the watercolor medium and showcasing the artistic talents of Iowans.

The society holds an annual meeting in September that includes a juried art show open to all IWS members. The show is selective and the IWS provides over $2,500 in cash and prizes for each show. The traveling exhibition includes thirty paintings selected from the juried show. The 2012 judge was Paul Jackson, well-known artist, author, journal contributor, and international presenter. Ten of the paintings were selected by Jackson for various awards.

In an attempt to support local artists and bring quality art to all areas of the state, the IWS offers this exhibition free of charge to interested venues. This year’s exhibition begins at the Dubuque Museum of Art, then on to Maquoketa Art Experience, Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Clear Lake Art Center, and Greater Iowa Credit Union in Ames.

Image: Linda Fries, Amen, 2012, Watercolor, 33x30 in., collection of the artist
Through the Woods: Paintings by Miles Bair
August 21 - October 28, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Dots of paint transformed into a journey through wooded landscapes in this selection of 10 paintings by artist, Miles Bair. Layering oil, acrylic, and gold or silver leaf, Bair creates mosaic forests inspired by Japanese art.

Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1947, Bair studied art at Edinboro University and West Virginia University. He teaches painting and is the director of the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Bair has exhibited widely throughout the United States and Japan. His work is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver and Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee.

Image: Shenadoah, 2009, oil, acrylic, and metallic leaf on paper, 48x36 in., collection of the artist.
Selections from Arthur Geisert's Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland
Through August 29, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

This charming children's book by artist Arthur Geisert explores the ABC’s of farm life around Geisert’s hometown of Bernard, Iowa using his neighbors and their farms and businesses as his models. Fourteen of the etchings, from letters B to O, were on view.

Image: Arthur Geisert, Country Road ABC "M," pp. 28-29, 2008, hand-colored etching, 18x24 in. The Arthur Geisert Collection, gift of Arthur Geisert, made possible by Jack and Mantea Schmid, 2010.21.
Iowa Folk Art: Off the Beaten Path
August 17 - October 7, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

For a limited time, Dubuque Museum of Art presented an unexpected and unique collection of over 100 works of art by 8 folk and self-taught artists from Iowa. Most of these artists began creating art later in life, motivated by major life changes, challenges, or tragedies. As artist John J. Donahue explained, “having many injuries and battling cancer and chemo, I found out painting is good therapy.” Although six of the artists are no longer with us, the work of each artist in this exhibition stands as a testament to the humanity, creativity, and inspiration that can be found in our everyday lives.

The artists included: Jerry Erdahl who live in La Porte City and Judith Spencer who lives in Iowa City; John F. Kortson, Vinton; Blanche Dozark, Tipton; Arlene King, Iowa City; William Lowe, Grand River; and Margaret Smith, Dubuque. John J. Donahue, Zwingle completes the group.

Image: John Kortson, In the Style of Grandma Moses, acrylic on board, 11x11 in., collection of Gordon and Mary Ellyn Jensen
Grand Canyon and Venice: Two landscapes by Thomas Moran from a private collection
Through August 26, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Two paintings by the American landscape artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) that have been in a private collection and out of public view for over 70 years were on exhibit in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Randall Lengeling Gallery. The paintings were Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunrise, 1910 and The Venetian Lagoon, 1898.

Thomas Moran, who would have been 175 years old in 2012, was one of America’s greatest landscape painters as well as one of the most prolific illustrators of the 19th century and Dubuque Museum of Art was thrilled to be able to present these masterworks to the public, for a limited time. Executive Director, Mark Wahlert stressed the significance of the unprecedented loan to the Museum and its significance to Museum visitors, “DUMA is honored to present these extraordinary works to the public for the first time in over 70 years.  Moran’s works are widely recognized as some of the finest examples of landscape painting in the world, and the generous loan of these works provides another opportunity for the Museum to present a truly world-class art experience to our community.”

Moran is known as the father of the national park system because his images of Yellowstone helped establish it as the first national park in 1872. Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon became synonymous with Moran and he even incorporated his nickname, Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran, into his signature. In addition, Moran was a great admirer of J.M.W. Turner and like Turner his images of Venice became some of his most prized works. Thomas Moran lived to the age of 89. He died at his home in Santa Barbara, California in 1926.

Image left: Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunrise, 1910, oil on canvas, 16 1/4x20 1/4 in., private collection, L2011.2
Image right: Thomas Moran (1837-1926), The Venetian Lagoon, 1898, oil on canvas, 20x30 in., private collection, L2011.1
Landscapes by Edward S. Curtis from The North American Indian Collection
May 22 - August 5, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The beautiful terrains of The North American Indian were presented all summer long at Dubuque Museum of Art in this exhibition of photogravures by Edward S. Curtis. Curtis spent over 30 years photographing members of over 80 North American Indian tribes west of the Mississippi. In the process, he also captured some of the most breathtaking landscapes ever photographed, however Curtis was not a landscape photographer. He was an accomplished portrait photographer. For Curtis’ landscapes we have to look beyond the figures, animals, and dwellings and focus on the beautiful backdrops that steal the scene.

Image: Edward Sheriff Curtis (America, 1868-1952), Cañon de Chelly – Navaho, plate 28, 1904,photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 11x15 in., gift of Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randy Lengeling, 2009.28
Life on the River: Watercolors of Dubuque and the Mississippi by Alda Kaufman
May 22 - August 5, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

In this selection of paintings, Alda emphasized the river and its influence on everything surrounding it - from recreation and commerce to the geography of Dubuque’s bluffs and the layout of the city. Alda’s unique perspective gives these familiar scenes a fresh look.

Image: Alda Kaufman, Main Street, 2011, watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper, 20x24 in., collection of the artist
Dubuque Museum of Art Citywide All-School Student Art Exhibition
April 10 – May 6, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Tri-State Independent Physicians Association with additional support from Dupaco Community Credit Union.

Once again, DUMA was proud to present the Dubuque Citywide All-School Student Art Exhibition. Nearly 250 student artists from Dubuque’s public and parochial schools showcased their talents and their work throughout the Museum’s galleries during the exhibition. Participating students ranged in age from kindergarten to 12th grade, and each student was selected by the art teacher from their school. 

This exhibition is an important way for the Museum to support our local, young artists as well as our art educators. “The Museum is all about supporting local art and artists. In all that we do, we strive to create an atmosphere throughout the community that welcomes creativity and self-expression. This exhibition is a great way to recognize all of the talent and hard work that happens in our school art programs each and every day,” said Museum Director Mark Wahlert. Additionally, the art teachers and some of the students helped install the exhibition. We are grateful to our sponsors, to the numerous school administrators and educators, to the parents and, of course, to our student artists for working together on this tremendous exhibition opportunity.

Image: Tylor Tittle, 11th grade, Untitled, acrylic on canvas
David Plowden's Iowa
December 9, 2011 - March 25, 2012
Organized in partnership with Humanities Iowa and the Figge Art Museum, Davenport. Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Edward Ulve Memorial Fund at Dubuque Museum of Art and the Ulve Family.

Renowned photographer David Plowden was born in Massachusetts in 1932. He is best known for his historical documentary photography of industrial scenes, steam trains, Midwest farmlands, and small towns. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968. He resides in Chicago and has traveled the state of Iowa for decades photographing the landscapes, towns, and people that crossed his path.

Image: David Plowden, Bean Field and House, Grundy County, Iowa, 2003, 23x17 in., collection of Humanities Iowa, copyright 2003 David Plowden.
Urban Landscapes by Mary Phelan
December 9, 2011- March 25, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Quiet and contemplative scenes of Chicago neighborhoods bring to mind 17th century Dutch cityscapes. The artist is inspired by feng shui in her compositions which together with soft lighting and an even color palette take these everyday scenes to a higher level. Mary Phelan was born in 1953 in Laurium, Michigan (Upper Peninsula). She grew up in the Chicago industrial suburb of Franklin Park. The 13 paintings in this exhibition celebrated the poetry of the ordinary in the city environment.

Image: Mary Phelan, On the Face of It, 2009, oil on linen, 18x30 in., collection of the artist.
Fire Department by Brent Houzenga
November 115, 2011 - April 1, 2012
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Iowa artist, Brent Houzenga presented an installation of his painted window panes where his punk rock style combines with anitque portraiture created a unique and energetic atmosphere on the museum's amuse bouche balcony gallery. Fire Department serves as a celebration of the artist's work over the last five years and his first museum exhibition.

Image: Brent Houzenga, Fire Department, 2011, mixed media, 54x52 in., collection of the artist.
Jiawei Gong: Celestial Writings
July 19 - November 27, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

A solo exhibition of 11 digital photographs from a new body of work by Jiawei Gong was on view in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s McNamer Gallery. Gong taught at Loras College in 2007 and is currently in charge of the Digital Media program in the Fine Arts Department at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He uses digital media and interactive web art in practicing his creative ideas. These images were originally captured photographically while visiting Qi Gong Grandmaster Letian in California, in 2009. Jiawei asked him to perform his energy-infused writing gestures while holding a light. The movements were recorded using an extremely slow shutter speed. The editing process includes restructuring, recompositing, and retouching the captured graphics and then adding background visual elements to create a narrative or an abstraction based on the context of each piece.

Image: Jiawei Gong, Celestical Writings #10: YYPH, 2009-11, digital photograph, collection of the artist.
A New Generation: Images of Children from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis
July 19 - November 27, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by the City of Dubuque's Art & Cultural Affairs Special Projects Grant Program

As one of the few repositories in the world of a complete collection of The North American Indian by American photographer and adventurer Edward S. Curtis, Dubuque Museum of Art was proud to once again present a themed selection of images from this extensive and stunning collection. This installment featured images of Native American children, some of Curtis’s most endearing images. It was an image of a child that gave momentum to The North American Indian project, when Curtis was one of the winners in the “Prettiest Children in America” contest sponsored by Ladies Home Journal in 1904. This spurred his relationship with President Theodore Roosevelt who became one of the project’s most famous supporters. In order to share these appealing images of children with as many visitors as possible, DUMA partnered with local artist Scott Hendron to present a breakthrough tactile exhibition. The real highlight was four images brought to life in 3D by Hendron using ground-breaking printing technology. Visitors were welcome to touch the four prints and object labels were supplemented with Braille text thanks to Horizons for the Blind.

Image: Edward S. Curtis, A Makah Maiden, plate #385, 1915, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, gift of Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randy Lengeling, 2009.385
9/11 Quilts by Susan Hoppenworth
July 19 - November 6, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

About 6 weeks after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Balltown, Iowa resident Susan Hoppenworth began volunteer work in New York City as a mental health counselor. She documented her experience assisting the people of New York through a daily journal, excerpts of which accompany her handmade quilts.

Quilts have a history of being used to commemorate life milestones as well as times of suffering or tragedy. Hoppenworth’s quilts provide a source of comfort for those dealing with the difficult memories from that time. Five of the six quilts were created between September and December 2001 and the sixth quilt was completed this year in honor of the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Hoppenworth was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and a Master of Arts in Counseling from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She worked for over 30 years as a mental health practitioner in Iowa and has used art in her work as an outlet for herself and her clients.

Image: Susan Hoppenworth, Deliver Us From Evil, 2001, cotton fabric and crystal beading, collection of the artist.
European Landscapes by Nancy Lindsay
April 5 - July 10, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The amuse bouche balcony gallery was home to Nancy Lindsay's visual journal of the her travels across Europe in 2003 from Paris to Istanbul. Lindsay challenged herself to painting a work a day during the 32 day journey. Twenty-nine of those paintings were on view thru July 10th.

Image: Nancy Lindsay, Paris Along the Seine, 2003, oil on canvas, 8x10 in., collection of the artist.
In Search of Motion: John Cavanaugh, Sculptor (1921-1985)
March 29 - July 3, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

A master of hammered lead sculpture, this Ohio artist, who had a brief stint as a student at the University of Iowa, produced almost 500 lead sculptures before succumbing to the toxicity and physical demands of his chosen medium. 42 stunning sculptures, mostly in lead but also some bronze castings, fill the Falb Gallery until July 3rd. Elegant ballerinas, beautful portraits, and playful children were some of Cavanaugh's most beloved subjects. Don't miss this extraordinary collection.

Tour the Exhibition

Image: John Cavanaugh, Fracci, 1979, lead, 22 in. high, collection of The John Cavanaugh Foundation

Figure Drawings by Edwin Casuga and Randy Simmons
March 29 - July 1, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Compelling figure drawings in charcoal from Oregon artist Edwin Casuga and Kentucky artist Randy Simmons were featured this spring. Casuga, who was born and raised in the Phillipines, studied at The Florence Academy of Art. Simmons received his MFA from University of Cincinnati and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Tour the Exhibition

Image left: Edwin Casuga, Safety Net, 2003, charcoal, 32x40 in., collection of Carol and Roger Wilkerson; right: Randy Simmons, LMAO, 2009, charcoal, 48x36 in, collection of the artist.
Mother and Child from Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian
Through March 29, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

 

Image: Edward Sheriff Curtis (America, 1868-1952), Hupa Mother and Child, plate 450, 1923, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 15x11 3/4 in., gift of Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randy Lengeling, 2009.11.450
Teresa Paschke: Crafting A Decade
December 7, 2010 - March 13, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

We explored the delicate world of fiber art in this survey of Teresa Paschke’s mixed media textile artwork. Paschke moved to Iowa in 2000 to teach art at Iowa State University. This exhibition explored the fiber art she has created in the decade since she has been in Iowa.

Image: Teresa Paschke, Graf_chain, 2008, 32x60 in., collection of the artist
Biennial Juried Exhibition
December 7, 2010 - March 6, 2011
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art 2010 Biennial Juried Exhibition was open to all artists within 200 miles of Dubuque, Iowa.  This year's juror was Mr. Frank Paluch, Director of the Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.  53 works by 49 artists were selected for the exhibition out of the 223 entries received from 100 artists.  We were thrilled to once again bring this very popular exhibition to the tri-states to show the wide variety of quality artwork that is available in our region.

The 2010 Biennial exhibition artists:

Wendy S. Rolfe, Peosta, IA - 1st Place award

Harold Martin, Galena, IL - 2nd Place award

Nikki Renee Anderson, Chicago, IL - 3rd Place award

Jeff Allen, Solon, IA; Emily Christenson, Moline, IL

Barbara L. Collins, Dubuque, IA; Kayla Damisch, Dubuque, IA

Bryan Davis, Cedar Rapids, IA; Nancy Delman, Evanston, IL

Phil Dorothy, Iowa City, IA; Catherine Dreiss, Des Moines, IA

Ken Dubin, Fairfield, IA; Bill Farrell, Galena, IL

Brad Fautsch, Dubuque, IA; Delores Fortuna, Galena, IL

Greg Fuqua, Ames, IA; Stephen Gassman, Platteville, WI

Dean A. Genth, Mason City, IA; Carl H. Johnson, Jr., Galena, IL

Fred Jones, Macomb, IL; Will Kelly, Dubuque, IA

Keith Lemley, Iowa City, IA; Pauline Maloney, Dubuque, IA

Carol Mantey, Galena, IL; Dennis J. Markley, Sleepy Hollow, IL

Brian McCormick, Madison, WI; Taryn McMahon, Iowa City, IA

Jane Melgaard, Dubuque, IA; Jamie N. Morey, Dubuque, IA

David Murray, Geneseo, IL; Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, Dubuque, IA

Heather O'Neil, Dubuque, IA; Sandra Perlow, Chicago, IL

Corinne D. Peterson, Chicago, IL; Robert D. Peterson, Cedar Rapids, IA

Jessie Rebik, Dubuque, IA; Elizabeth Rhoads Read, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bob Rivoire, Galena, IL; Elizabeth Shriver, Coralville, IA

Ivonne Simonds, Dubuque, IA; Evan Stickfort, Holy Cross, IA

Ron Testa, Wilmette, IL; Joan DuBay Tully, Dubuque, IA

Deborah Vanko, Windsor Heights, IA; Brad Walker, Savanna, IL

Kathy Weaver, Highland Park, IL; Joan Webster-Vore, Hudson, IA

Marcia Wegman, Iowa City, IA; Daniel Weiss, Des Moines, IA

Image: Jane Melgaard, Leap Day
Joseph Walter - A Retrospective
August 24 - November 14, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Joseph Walter (1865-1946) was an Austrian artist, trained at the Munich and Vienna Academies, who came to the United States in 1897 and made his life as a church painter in Dubuque, Iowa. He was also one of the first professional artists to live in Dubuque.

In preparation for this retrospective, a series of smaller exhibitions were held each year since 2007. This retrospective was the first major exhibition of this master painter and includes 57 works of art from 18 area collections.

Image: Joseph Walter, Self Portrait, 1928, oil on board, 24x20 in., collection of Dubuque County Historical Society

Mary Griep - Medieval Temples of Southeast Asia
August 31 - November 21, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Two large-scale architectural drawings of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Thatbinyinyu in Burma filled the McNamer Gallery this fall. Mary Griep, originally from Dubuque, is a professor of art at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota who has traveled the world creating highly detailed, large-scale drawings of Medieval temples. The Angkor Wat drawing (seen here) is almost too large to be taken in all at once, mimicking the experience of visiting this sacred architectural wonder.

Image: Mary Griep, Anastylosis - Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2002-03, mixed media, 8x30 ft., collection of the artist
Arthur Geisert: Selections from Nursery Crimes
August 24 - December 5, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

In collaboration with writer Bonnie Geisert, the artist's famous pigs solve a turkey topiary mystery.  A sampling of seven of Arthur's whimsical hand-colored etchings from this children's book brightened the amuse bouche gallery wall.

Image: Arthur Geisert, Nursery Crimes poster, 2001, 01.11.32
Selections from Arthur Geisert's River Town
Through August 24, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

From Geisert's town series of books which also includes Desert Town, Prairie Town, and Mountain Town, River Town depicts a year in the life of residents who live in a small farm community situated next to a major river. As the season's change so does life along the river.

Image: Arthur Geisert, River Town, p. 9

Stephen Gassman and Carol Jean Carter: Industry of Yesterday
Images of the Dubuque Pack and Star Brewery
May 25 - August 15, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

Gassman and Carter each independently documented with a skillful artistic eye the life of two well-known industries in Dubuque, the Dubuque Pack and the Star Brewery after they closed down and workers and managers had long gone. 16 black & white and color photographs were on view. Stephen Gassman is a professional photographer in Platteville, Wisconsin. He is originally from Dubuque and attended Senior High School. Carol Jean Carter is a native of Burlington, Iowa now living and working as a professional photographer in Des Moines, Iowa.

Image left: Stephen Gassman, Fleur di lis, 2001; Image right: Carol Jean Carter, Dubuque Meat #38, 2001
Twelve Views of Water: Works by Nancy Purington
May 25 - August 8, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Nancy Purington, an Iowa City-based artist, grew up in Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi River and has always lived in close proximity to bodies of water. Water has been the primary subject matter of her work for over 30 years. This exhibition included works in a variety of media – from miniature prints and collages to large-scale paintings. Many of the works incorporate metals like gold, silver, and palladium, making reference to the reflective qualities of water. This traveling exhibition was organized by Waterloo Center for the Arts and Muscatine Art Center. A catalog is available for sale.

Image: Nancy Purington, Leaf/Wave from Twelve Views of Water, Mississippi River at Lake Davenport, 2002
Louise Herron Halliburton: From the Collection
March 4 - July 11, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Halliburton was born in Dubuque in 1898. She trained as an artist at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. She was a highly skilled painter and specialized in watercolor. She took lessons from famous watercolorist Eliot O’Hara. She especially admired the work of the famous impressionist watercolorist, Millard Sheets. Paintings from her travels to Washington D.C., Florida, and California as well as a Dubuque scene are presented.

Image: Louise Herron Halliburton (America, 1898-1991), An Ancient Occupation, n.d., watercolor, gift of Bob Woodward, 03.12.007
Dubuque Citywide High School Art Exhibition
April 13 - May 9, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Examples of high school students’ work from both public and parochial schools in Dubuque were showcased in the Falb and McNamer Galleries. The Dubuque Museum of Art presents student exhibitions every other year, alternating between art students in high school and students in all grades (K–12). Students assist with the exhibition installation. This exhibition was dedicated to the memory of our friend, Deidre Westpfahl, an art student from Hempstead High School who had been attending the Minneapolis Institute of Art & Design when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

Arthur Geisert’s Oops
September 10, 2009 - April 5, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Once again, the Museum was pleased to present original, hand-colored etching illustrations by Arthur Geisert from one of his recent children’s books, Oops! published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin. This wordless book tells the story of cause and effect as a family of pigs starts off innocently one morning eating breakfast when a glass of spilled milk causes a chain reaction of events that eventually leads to a giant boulder falling on the house, leaving the family without a house but with each other.

Though born and educated in California, Arthur has lived in the mid-west for the majority of his artistic career – in Galena, Illinois and now in Bernard, Iowa. Geisert has illustrated 22 children’s books for which he has received numerous awards including one bestowed by the NY Times for Best Illustrated Book. His humorous cartoons (for adults), also appear in the New Yorker magazine.

Image: Arthur Geisert, Oops, p. 3, 2006, hand-colored, copper plate etching on BFK Rives paper
Quiet Courage: Images of Women from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis
December 8, 2009 - March 28, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Images of women in Curtis's masterful collection express strength and character. Women were photographed going about the plethora of daily activities that kept everyone fed, clean, and cared for, including gathering food and firewood, cleaning game, cooking, fetching water, and caring for their children - not to mention home repairs when needed. They also posed for Curtis wearing everything from their most elegant wedding attire to plain work clothes.

Image: Edward S. Curtis (America, 1868-1952), A Heavy Load-Sioux, 1908, volume 3, plate 100, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 15 11/16x11 3/4 in., gift of the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committe, 2009.11.100
Larry Schulte: Pattern and Order
December 8, 2009 - March 28, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

New York-based textile artist, Larry Schulte brought his unique pattern-focused artwork to the Tri-States. Larry is originally from Nebraska and has a mathematics background - he was a math professor before becoming an artist. Mathematical phenomenon like the Fibonacci Sequence (a mathematical sequence of numbers found throughtout nature where the next number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers preceding it) influences the order found in his paintings.

Image: Larry Schulte (b. 1949), HOTTS 42395, 1995, woven painted paper, 34x34 in., collection of the artist
John Vachon and the Great Depression in Dubuque
September 10 - February 21, 2010
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Working as a photography file clerk for the Farm Security Administration in 1936, Minnesotan John Vachon came under the spell of some of the finest photographers in the country who were hired by the government during the Great Depression years to document the lives of rural Americans. As part of his assignments, Vachon came to Dubuque in April 1940. His Dubuque series is part of the Museum’s permanent collection thanks to the generosity of Bill and Barbara Kruse.

The hallmark of Vachon’s style of photography is the portrayal of real people and places encountered on the street, unembellished by air brushing, staging, or other beautifying devices. Vachon became a staff photographer for Life magazine, where he worked from 1947 to 1949, and for over twenty-five years beginning in 1947 at Look magazine. When Look closed in 1971 he became a freelance photographer. He died in 1975 in New York at age 60.

Image: John Vachon, Resident of Shack Town, 1940, black and white photograph, gift of William G. & Barbara Kruse, 00.08.40
A Passion for Color: American Women Printmakers, 1895-1965
August 18 - November 8, 2009
Sponsored by Loras College

Innovations by women printmakers contributed significantly to all phases of the development of color printmaking techniques in America during the first half of the twentieth century. From Mary Cassatt’s early experiments in color intaglio to June Wayne’s lasting legacy in lithography, we see that women fueled much of the development in this field. This exhibition of sixty prints, in cooperation with Loras College, surveyed these achievements through the works of more than fifty American women artists over a period of seventy years from the collection of Belverd and Marian Needles.

Image: Mary Cassatt, By the Pond, ca.1898, color etching on paper, 13x16 3/4 in.
Bissells: A Family of Artists
September 8 – November 8, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

One of Dubuque’s first families of art, this exhibition was a mix of contemporary and earlier artwork from the Frederick Bissell Jr. family, exploring their shared artistic talents and love of nostalgia. Works from Frederick, his wife Susan Adams-Bissell, sons John and Fred, and daughter Susie Bissell-Mansfield were presented. Frederick Bissell (1910-1983) taught history at his alma mater Harvard from 1933-1937 and was employed at Caradco for 30 years. He enjoyed painting in his spare time and always encouraged his children in art. Susan Adams-Bissell (1906-1999) had little formal training as an artist; however she attended the Stone City art colony under the tutelage of Iowa Regionalist artists Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. She developed her innate artistic talent by painting scenes from her many travels in the states and abroad, and by copying images by master artists that she found in magazines. She also enjoyed holding painting and sculpting classes at the family home on Alpine Street. John Bissell was born in 1938 and received degrees from the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Iowa. He worked in graphic design for 16 years and has been a successful, full-time artist in Dubuque since 1984, where he holds a much anticipated invitation-only sale of his paintings every year. Fred Bissell (b. 1940) only dabbled in the visual arts, like his father, and yet he too exhibited artistic talent. He lives in Dubuque and owns Alpine Tennis and Fitness. Susie Bissell-Mansfield was born in 1942 and has a studio in Norwood, Colorado where she works as a full-time artist. Like her mother, she received no formal training in art. However, growing up in a family that encouraged artistic endeavors and attending painting and sculpting workshops throughout her childhood and as an adult, Mansfield is also a successful artist.

Image: John Bissell, Dubuque Brewing and Malting Company, 2009, watercolor
Arthur Geisert's Prairie Town
June 2 - September 6, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

One of a series of four books illustrated by master printmaker, Arthur Geisert, with text by Bonnie Geisert exploring the life in four fictional but very familiar small towns. Mountain Town, River Town, Desert Town, and Prairie Town show the daily lives of the residents in these small towns throughout the year as they deal with the unique climate and geography of their areas and enjoy the company of their neighbors.

Image: Arthur Geisert (America, b. 1941), Prairie Town, publication (hardcover), 1998, 11 1/4x8 1/4 in., The Arthur Geisert Collection. Gift of Arthur Geisert and Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack & Mantea Schmid. 03.01.185
Small Wonders: Still Life Paintings by Joseph Walter
May 15 - September 6, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Continuing our series of mini exhibitions of work by one of the earliest Dubuque artists, Joseph Walter (Austria 1865 - Dubuque 1946), the museum is proud to present this final exhibition leading up to a retrospective next year. Walter's beautiful still life paintings will be featured. They are some of this talented artist's best works.

Image: Joseph Walter (American born in Austria, 1865-1946), The Grapes, 1900, oil on canvas, 31x39 in., Private collection
Event Horizon: 4D Paintings by Ben Marxen
June 16 - August 23, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The process of painting was examined and brought to life in 10 new works by artist, Ben Marxen. Video forms combined with traditional painting which in turn combined seemlessly with a 3-D sculptural continuation of the form into the viewers space. These combinations of forms created a living work of art that generated before your eyes and figuratively jumped off the wall. Originally from Dubuque, Marxen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Image: Ben Marxen, Complexity Irreducible (Green), 2009, o il, aqua-resin, LCD monitor, Plexiglas, and new media, 24x33 ¾x6 ½ in., collection of the artist
VOICES: Contemporary Ceramic Art from Sweden
June 16 - August 2, 2009
Developed by the Swedish Institute and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Not to be confused with Museum's Voices from the Warehouse District exhibition, this traveling exhibition presented the current trends in Swedish ceramics. The ten working artists featured in Voices were the leading exponents of the dynamism and originality of contemporary ceramic art in Sweden. Viewed together, they enabled us to discern uniqueness in the contemporary development of Swedish ceramics. The artists, chosen by curator Inger Molin, were selected from different generations. They work in varying styles and are free in their relationship to traditional ceramic art to seek new directions and emphasize freedom of expression.
The artists used a wide array of media including clay, glass, rope, glaze, and metal. However, no longer is it the material that is of utmost importance, but instead the point of view of the ceramic artist. The artists work sculpturally and conceptually, addressing existential issues with humor or abstraction.

Inger Molin, has owned and operated Galleri IngerMolin, located in the Östermalm district in Stockholm since 1998.

   

Biennial Juried Exhibition
March 17 - May 24, 2009
Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art

The second Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition featured the best work of the some of the most talented artists in a 200 mile radius of Dubuque. The quality and variety of regional artwork is the highlight of this popular exhibition. This year’s juror was Michael Gerber, curator and owner of Gruen Galleries located in Chicago’s River North gallery district. Gruen, a fixture among Chicago galleries, specializes in contemporary art and African sculpture.

The artists included in the 2009 Biennial were:

Heather L. O'Neil - Dubuque, IA....1ST PLACE AWARD

Fred Easker - Cedar Rapids, IA....2ND PLACE AWARD

Jessica Rebik - Dubuque, IA....3RD PLACE AWARD

Stephen Gassman - Platteville, WI....HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

Jenny Harms - Dubuque, IA....HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

Michelle Rial - Serena, IL....HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

John F. Walté - Highland, WI....HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

Helen Anderson - Lancaster, WI; Bekah Ash - Iowa City, IA

Marcia Babler - Libertyville, IL; Maureen Bardusk - Galena, IL

Mary Snyder Behrens - Dysart, IA; Beth Bird - Galena, IL

Tam Bodkin Bryk - Iowa City, IA; Cynthia Nelms-Byrne - Dubuque, IA

Erin Lenore Cowan - Stockton, IL; Velga Easker - Cedar Rapids, IA

Stephanie Failmezger - Peosta, IA; Alison Filley - Iowa City, IA

Delores Fortuna - Galena, IL; Jewel Gwaltney - Quincy, IL

Debbie Horch - Dubuque, IA; Raphael Iaccarino - Davenport, IA

Karen Kurka Jensen - Cedar Rapids, IA; Megan Kalmes - Bellevue, IA

Alda Kaufman - Dubuque, IA; Gordon Kellenberger - Amana, IA

Jenny Knavel - Sleepy Hollow, IL; Keith Lemley - Madison, WI

Susan Long - Bettendorf, IA; Pauline Maloney - Dubuque, IA

Harold Martin - Galena, IL; Dawn Wohlford-Metallo - Bettendorf, IA

Nikolaus Miesing - Galena, IL; Bret Miller - Waterloo, IA

Robert D. Peterson - Cedar Rapids, IA; Mary Phelan - Chicago, IL

Nancy Reid - Gilberts, IL; Tom Sheppard - Decorah, IA

S. Richard Shook - Slater, IA; Steve Sinner - Bettendorf, IA

Corrine Smith - Rock Island, IL; Delmar M. Stevens - Peosta, IA

Thomas Jewell-Vitale - Dubuque, IA; Marcia Wegman - Iowa City, IA

RoseAnn Wilgenbusch - Dubuque, IA

New Views: Frederick Jones, James Walker Henry, and Kent Hammond
March 3 - May 24, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

In this exhibition, New Views: Frederick Jones, James Walker Henry, and Kent Hammond, three contemporary artists presented new views from today’s art world with a visually stimulating mix of abstraction, surrealism, and originality. Each artist presented a new way of looking at and understanding the world around us.

Three digital photography collages by Frederick Jones explored the inevitable passing of time and the cycle of life through observations of nature. His studies of time are intriguing and profound, using familiar objects like trees, cornfields, and dandelions in place of calendars and clocks. Among his many educational accomplishments, Jones received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is retired from teaching at Western Illinois University where he developed the Silkscreen and Computer Generated Art programs. He lives in Macomb, Illinois.

James Walker Henry paints Surrealist images full of intense color and compelling imagery. He selects current political and social events that affect him personally and emotionally to inspire his work and is, therefore, never at a loss for subject matter. His colorful, fantastical scenes momentarily camouflage powerful undertones of disenchantment and despair. Henry graduated from Southeastern Community College. He lives in Burlington, Iowa.

Kent Hammond is originally from Dubuque, Iowa - a graduate of Hempstead High School. Now living in Los Angeles, his large abstracts provide a glimpse into the dynamic, contemporary west coast art scene. He creates self-governing spaces that encourage “looking, thinking, and evaluating.” Of his paintings, he writes “[t]hey are inquisitive yet timid, clumsy yet magnificent, calculated yet informal.” Hammond graduated from the University of Iowa and received his MFA from Claremont College in California. He is currently on the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and maintains a studio in Los Angeles.

Image left: Frederick Jones, Tree Time II, 2002-03, digital photograph, 23x57 in., collection of the artist; Image center: James Walker Henry, Where Dreams Go To Die, October 2006, oil on canvas, 37x13 in., collection of the artist; Image left: Kent Hammond, Ties and Two Karls, 2006, acrylic, oil, and fabric on canvas, 59x59 in., collection of the artist.
Mauricio Lasansky: Prints from the Collection
December 5, 2008 - May 10, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

We were pleased to present this small exhibition of prints by Mr. Lasansky from the Museum’s collection that includes prime examples of the artist's signature style, composition, and themes - the riveting series of four intaglios For An Eye An Eye I-IV (1946-48); My Daughter Marie Jemina (1959), a sweetly rendered, larger-than-life size print; and two portraits, Self Portrait (1957) and Old Lady with Bonnet (1969). 

A native of Argentina, Lasansky was a naturalized American citizen by 1952. He was invited to establish a print workshop at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in 1945, which still serves as a model for other university printmaking departments. He is best known for his complex, large-scale prints on which he applied a spectrum of masterful graphic techniques, using multiple plates and full ranges of color. Awarded five Guggenheim Fellowships over his lifetime, as well as numerous honorary degrees and exhibition awards, Lasansky has devoted his career to exploring the expressive possibilities of graphic art; contributing significantly to establishing printmaking as a meaningful and critical art form in the 20th century. Mr. Lasansky retired from the University of Iowa in 1985.  He and his wife Emilia raised six children in Iowa City. They live there today and Lasansky continues to create new work in his downtown Iowa City studio.

Image: Mauricio Lasansky (Argentina, b. 1914), My Daughter Maria Jimena, 1959, color intaglio, 58 3/16x20 9/16 in., collection of the Dubuque Museum of Art, ND.229
Warrior and Rider: Selections from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis
November 28, 2008 - March 1, 2009
Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by a grant from the Henry Family Foundation

Dubuque’s copy of The North American Indian collection by Edward S. Curtis, given to the library in 1909 by Mrs. Hiram Pond Ward, includes 20 volumes of encyclopedic text and photographs documenting traditional Indian life, tribal lore, history, traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation ceremonies and funeral customs. In total he took over 40,000 photographic images of over 80 tribes. Additionally, the collection includes 722 sepia- toned, large-format photogravure prints. Only 272 complete sets were sold of 300 sets printed.

In 1999, the collection of photogravures was loaned to the Museum from the library for exhibition and better long-term storage conditions. In October, a local group, Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, purchased the entire Curtis collection ensuring that the collection will remain in Dubuque for the community to continue to enjoy.

Warrior and Rider, featured the horse and its importance to Native American life. From work to play to battle, the horse was an integral and indispensable part of many Native American tribes. Curtis took these photographs between 1895 and 1928, recreating beautiful and moving images from a time long past. Two of the books were also on view, Volumes 4 and 8, showing additional horse-themed image and text.

Edward S. Curtis was born near Whitewater, Wisconsin in 1868. In 1874, his family moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota and Curtis built his own camera from parts his father brought home from the Civil War. At the age of 17, he became apprenticed to a St. Paul photographer and at 19 became a partner with a photographer in a Seattle studio. Curtis died of a heart attack in 1952 at the home of his daughter Beth in Los Angeles.

Image: Edward Sheriff Curtis (America, 1868-1952), The Lone Chief - Cheyenne, plate 665,1927, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, 15 5/16x11 7/16 in., Gift of the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randy Lengeling, 2009.665
Lyrical Prints and Paintings by Arthur Thrall
November 28, 2008 - February 15, 2009
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Mr. Thrall explores the relationship between visual art and music in his extraordinary paintings and etchings. He is inspired by music, musical scores, and rhythmic patterns in his graceful abstract designs.

Mr. Thrall received undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee State Teachers College), University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ohio State University. After holding teaching positions outside the area, he returned to Milwaukee-Downer College as a professor of art. Following the college's merger with Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin Thrall held the Ferrar-Marrs Chair in Fine Arts until his retirement in 1990. Thrall now live in his native Milwaukee where he has a studio in Riverwest. He and his wife Win have four children and seven grandchildren.

Image: Arthur Thrall, Galaxy I, acrylic on canvas, 2007, 24x28 in., private collection.

Abdul Sinno: The Mississippi – Inspiring Panoramas of Dubuque and the Tri-State Area
Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art

An amuse bouche of panoramic Dubuque area images from Dr. Abdul Sinno’s sweeping collection of images along the Mississippi River were featured on the second floor balcony area. For the past several years, Dr. Sinno has been photographing scenes of Dubuque, the Mississippi and towns along its path.

Dr. Sinno’s work is exhibited in art galleries, museums, and other fine art outlets throughout the Midwest. He is a featured motivational speaker, author, and workshop leader. Dr. Sinno holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently he is a full professor of communication and the chair of the department at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.

Image: Abdul Sinno, The Mississippi Highway, Fall 2006, panoramic photograph, 13x43 in., collection of the artist.
Joseph Walter: Portraits
September 2 - November 30, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

This exhibition continued the exploration of the work of this little-known but highly skilled and classically trained Dubuque artist from the early 20th century. Walter made his living creating religious murals and paintings in churches in Dubuque and many surrounding communities. However, he spent his free time creating beautiful masterpieces of the landscapes, people, and still-life scenes around him and that he found on his travels throughout the upper Midwest. These exhibitions are organized with the cooperation of Dubuque's Friends of Joseph Walter group. Eleven portraits were on display including the artist's self-portrait, portraits of his son and daughter, and three portraits that are strongly assumed to be of the three Herrmann brothers from Dubuque.

Image: Joseph Walter (American, b. Austria, 1865-1946), Portrait of Marie Walter (detail), ca. 1908, oil on canvas, 20x16 in., gift of Dr. Darryl & Terry Mozena, 2007.12.28
Politics as Usual: Political Cartoons by Dick Locher
August 26 - November 9, 2008
Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art

Dick Locher's ability to capture the absurdities of life through political cartooning is known worldwide. His impact as a widely recognized cartoonist and commentator on American life is seen in the numerous awards he has received, including the Pulitzer Prize.

Locher established his reputation as one of the leading editorial cartoonists at the Chicago Tribune, where he worked since 1973. Since 1983, he has been the artist of the "Dick Tracy" comic strip and in 2005 took over as both writer and artist. Locher's previous experience with the strip was as Chester Gould's assistant from 1957 to 1961. Prior to joining the Chicago Tribune, he was president of his own sales-promotion agency. Locher is also know as a fine art painter, sculptor, and inventor. He is originally from Dubuque. This exhibition included over 50 of Locher's political cartoons and 7 small caricature sculptures.

Image: Dick Locher, American Gothic, 2007, Pen and ink on paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches, Collection of the artist
Looking for More: Recent Paintings by Thomas C. Jackson
August 26 - November 9, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art presented the paintings of Cedar Rapids, Iowa artist Thomas C. Jackson in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery. With a graphic artist’s technical aptitude, Jackson creates absorbing images of American life using imagery that we may see everyday but take for granted or are only aware of subconsciously. Jackson uses his commercial background to make insightful statements about American pastimes and popular culture: "All of the paintings reflect society's desire for more -- more summer fun, visual stimulation, crowds, excitement, food, travel, money, music, dancing. They may be interested in buying one more Christmas present, showing off the latest fashion, traveling to the next hot spot, enjoying one more big band dance, winning a prize, eating comfort food, or exuding the most Christmas spirit."

Thomas C. Jackson received a BA from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 1972 and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 1974. Prior to becoming a full-time artist in 2000, Jackson was General Manager and Vice President for Client Development at Stamats Communications, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. His work is represented at Karolyn Sherwood Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Image: Thomas C. Jackson, Holly Ball, 2008, oil on canvas, 36x54 in., collection of the artist.
The Spiritus Suite by Louise Kames
August 6 - November 9, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

In the latter part of the twelfth century the women who became known as “Beguines” began a creative experiment in a new style of living. They were not members of the established religious orders, or convents, although their lifestyles were similar. Beginning in Belgium and the Low Countries, the movement spread along the Rhine, with its numbers peaking at the end of the thirteenth century.

Kames’s interest in the Beguines began in preparation for a 2005 residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum, the Flemish International center for the contemporary printmaking, located in Kasterlee, Belgium. Again in the summer of 2007 Kames was a resident at the Frans Masereel Centrum, when she finalized the format for the Spiritus Suite. Numerous small Beguine communities or "begijnhofs" still exist in the Northern part of Belgium. Although, there are no Beguines still living, their distinctive communal structures have found reuse as museums, cultural centers, student or senior housing. Many remaining begijnhofs are classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Kames visited and documented begijnhofs at Turnhout, Brugges, Antwerp, and Leuven in Belgium. Often the begijnhof took the form of small row houses situated around a central garden and chapel. This architectural plan informed the structure of Spiritus Suite.

Each of the etchings suggests one of the "Seven Stages of Mystical Journey" found in numerous Beguine writings.The individual parts of the print reference Beguine spiritual life as well.

Image: Louise Kames, Spiritus Suite II, 2007, colored etching, 6 1/2x23 in., collection of the aritst.
Edward S. Curtis
Highlights from The North American Indian Collection
May 20, 2008 - August 24, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Edward S. Curtis is one of the most prominent and recognized photographers of the 20th century; best known for his colossal photography collection "The North American Indian," nine of which are displayed in this exhibition. He was born in 1868 near Whitewater, Wisconsin, only 130 miles from Dubuque. His adolescence coincided with the emergence of photography as an artistic medium. Photography captivated him from an early age and he would dedicate his life to the medium.

His family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1887 where Curtis became a professional photographer. Curtis honed his artistic skills photographing the residents in the Seattle area. But it was through the opportunities to work as a photographer on expeditions to the north, documenting the geography and indigenous people, that Curtis gained the skills and the desire to travel the country capturing images of North American Indian cultures.

For Curtis, "The North American Indian" project was a race against time. Their culture was rapidly changing and their traditions were disappearing. He received encouragement and financial assistance from President Teddy Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan but the grueling work required all of his energy and more resources than he could raise, subsequently he incurred large personal debt. He spent thirty years creating "The North American Indian" which consisted of 20 illustrated volumes of ethnographic text and over 720 large-format  photogravures. He took more than 40,000 photographs; made over 10,000 recordings of Native speech and music; and produced lectures, slide shows, an opera and a documentary film all based on his this work.

Image: Edward S. Curtis, A Family Group — Noatak, The North American Indian, volume XX, plate 717, photogravure on Ductch Van Gelder paper, copyrighted 1928, 11 9/16x15 9/16 in., on long-term loan from the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, gift of Mrs. Emma H. Ward,  LTL.1999.11.717
Landscapes: Selections from the A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities Collection
June 3 - August 17, 2008
Sponsored by Wachovia Securities, formerly A.G. Edwards

A stunning selection of contemporary landscapes from the A.G. Edwards/Wachovia Securities Collection was on display including works by Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Peter B. Kaplan, Roy Lichtenstein, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Image: Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997), Landscape, 1996, Serigraph, 35x42 1/2 in., collection of Wachovia Securities
Tim Olson: A Rake's Progress
June 3 - August 17, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

In his signature energetic style, Olson creates realistic paintings full of familiar sites and clever humor. The unruliness of his loose, erratic lines disguise carefully planned compositions in an unexpectedly satisfying way.

Tim Olson received his BA from Loras College in 2003. He was born in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1962 and now makes his home in Dubuque with his wife and two children.

Image: Tim Olson, Double Stack Train Cars, 2008, oil, ink, watercolor, and pastel on paper, 42x30 in., courtesy of the artist
Erin Kono : Hula Lullaby
June 3 - July 31, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Kono brings the lush, colorful world of Hawaii to life in her 2005 children’s book. The saturated colors and beautiful figures soothe the soul of children and adults alike. Hula Lullaby was awarded the Children’s Literature Council’s Excellence in a Picture Book Award and was named by Nick Jr. magazine as Best Lullaby and Goodnight Book.

Erin Eitter Kono studied graphic design at UCLA in 2000. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995 with a BA in art history. She was raised in Dubuque and traveled extensively before settling down in Redondo Beach, California with her husband and daughter.

Image: Erin Eitter Kono, The scent of tropic blooms, Perfume the darkened sky, Music rocks you lightly, With its hula lullaby, 2003, acrylic and pencil on paper, 10x22 in., courtesy of the artist
The final AMERICAN ICONS series:
Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace
March 25 - April 27, 2008
A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts

Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace presented Charles M. Schulz’s lovable beagle, Snoopy, as his alter ego, the Flying Ace. The exhibition showcased 40 of Snoopy’s most exciting adventures in his transformed doghouse - now a Sopwith Camel airplane - from the time he faced a deadly bout of influenza to sparring with the Flying Ace’s archenemy, the Red Baron. Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace is toured by ExhibitsUSA, the national touring division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a non-profit regional arts organization based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Image: Charles Schulz at his work table, courtesy of ExhibitsUSA
Bonnie Peterson and Nancy Steinmeyer: Landscape Recollections
March 4 - April 27, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The natural world changes and evolves either due to or despite the presence of mankind. In this exhibition featuring two Illinois artists, preserved and changing landscapes were explored. Bonnie Peterson's quilts become visual journals from her national park expeditions. Nancy Steinmeyer's innovative paintings focus on land development and its effects on the environment.

Image left: Bonnie Peterson, When I Saw Winter, 2000, mixed media quilt, 56x50 in., collection of the artist; Image right: Nancy Steinmeyer, Keep It Clean, 2001, acrylic on canvas and wire screen, 24x38x11 in., collection of the artist
Sandra Dyas
Selections From Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians
March 4 - April 27, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art presented a limited selection of Iowa City photographer, Sandra Dyas' black and white photographs from her book "Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians." Dyas spent 20 years shooting live performances and portraits of Iowa musicians – compiling a visual record of blues and blues-inspired rock musicians and music that are uniquely Iowan. Dyas captures the lives of the musicians on and off stage; never as a paparazzi photographer exploiting her prey but as an artist who loves and understands her subject. Many of the musicians in her book are popular and frequent performers at nightspots in Dubuque and throughout the tri-states area.

Sandra Dyas graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with an MFA in intermedia and video art. She teaches photography at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa and is a freelance photographer. Dyas has exhibited her work in the Museum’s 2003 tri-state invitational and her series "The Lost Nation Photographs" was shown here in 2002.

Image: Sandra Dyas, Bo Ramsey, Lansing Music Festival, Lansing, Iowa, June 2004, gelatin silver print, 12x8 in., collection of the artist
Harold Martin: Symbols
November 23, 2007 - March 9, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Galena, Illinois artist Harold Martin paints powerful scenes in a way that captivates both the spirit and imagination of the viewer. One look at Mr. Martin’s work and his technical mastery is immediately evident. The Dubuque Museum of Art was proud to present this major installation of Mr. Martin’s highly realistic paintings and drawings. The remarkable figures in these works are Martin’s friends and acquaintances; their experiences and personalities sometimes establish the subject of the paintings. Religious symbols are prevalent throughout but, unlike Symbolism, each symbolic object does not always provide insight into some mysterious hidden meaning, instead the objects work together aesthetically to complete the work – more akin to the visual language of a modern day Hieronymus Bosch. Harold Martin graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. He worked with the Leo Burnette and J. Walter Thompson advertising agencies for 25 years before answering his true calling as a painter.

Image: Harold Martin, My Four Masks, 2004, acrylic on panel, 30 1/2x48 1/2 in., collection of the artist
Richard Moninski: Brystklut
November 23, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art
Textile or trompe-l’œil? Whether sewn, beaded, or embroidered, Richard Moninski’s textile paintings delight the eye – capturing an accurate yet painterly rendering of these masterfully crafted textile works. Moninski of Mineral Point, Wisconsin explored the varieties of brystklut, ornamental bodice inserts found on Norwegian women’s folk costumes, in this exhibition of his realistic oil paintings. Intrigued by the rich cultural heritage that shows through in the bodice designs, Moninski visited Norway in 1996 and 2000 to study first-hand the geometric and traditional patterns integrated into these complex pieces of fabric. The cleverly juxtaposed, abstract patterns inspired him to create this ongoing series of textile paintings.

Moninski received an MFA in 1984 from the State University of New York in Albany, and his BFA in 1980 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He is the owner and director of Green Lantern Studio in Mineral Point.

Image: Richard Moninski, Brystklut VII, 2006, oil on linen, 32x34 in., courtesy of the artist
AMUSE BOUCHE
Arthur Geisert: Selected etchings from Pigs from 1 to 10
May 25, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Pigs 1 to 10 is the story of ten industrious pigs and their quest to discover the mysterious land of their bedtime stories. This children's book teaches counting and encourages the imagination and curiosity of young readers. Geisert is famous for his children's book illustrations especially his use of pigs as the main characters in many of his books including Pigs from A to Z, Roman Numerals I to MM, Pa's Balloon and Other Pig Tales, Mystery, Pigaroons, Lights Out, Oink, Oink Oink, and The Giant Ball of String.

Image: Arthur Geisert, Pigs From 1 to 10, pp. 14-15, 4/100, 1992, Etching on Rives BFK paper, 11 1/4x18 1/2 in., The Arthur Geisert Collection. Gift of Arthur and Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack and Mantea Schmid. 02.11.206
Hands: Beth Shadur and Petronella Ytsma
August 21 - November 4, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

How two very different artists interpret the same subject is a popular and often very appealing study. Such was the case with the exhibition, "Hands." Minnesota artist, Petronella Ytsma and Illinois artist, Beth Shadur each use the human hand as the subject for their work. In Shadur's mixed media works the hand represents a multicultural symbol for protection, prayer, unity, giving, and creating.

Ytsma calls the human hand the original and ultimate tool. In her series of hand photographs titled "Treuren", Ytsma makes a statement using hands of all ages and races that have experienced all levels of manual labor and human toil.

Image left: Beth Shadur, Hand's Off (detail); image right: Petronella Ytsma, Treuren (detail)
Regionalist Prints from the Needles Collection
August 28 - November 4, 2007
Presented by Loras College and American Trust Bank

Over 50 prints by such Regionalist masters as Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Iowa's favorite artist Grant Wood. This collection came from the extensive print collection of Dr. Belverd and Marian Needles of Chicago and the Dubuque Museum of Art was proud to be able to display these popular and timeless works.

Image: Thomas Hart Benton, Huck Finn, 1936, lithograph on paper, 19 5/8x23 5/8 in., collection of Belverd E. and Marian Needles
Nikolaus Miesing: The Art of Stone
August 28 - November 4, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Galena, Illinois artist Nikolaus Miesing presented a select collection of some of his most stunning, Brancusi-inspired stone sculptures. Born in Germany, the artist often travels to Italy to select the stone that he will carve and has the marbles and travertines he chooses shipped back to the States. He also uses local materials like Iowa limestone. Miesing's work had recently been featured in the Museum's Biennial exhibition.

Image: Nikolaus Miesing, Stylized Female, 1999, Indiana limestone, 26 1/2x9x5 in., collection of the artist
Voices From the Warehouse District 3
September 8 - October 7, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, guest curated by Gene Tully

11 new artists filled the warehouse space at 10th and Jackson Street in Dubuque once again with their cutting edge artwork. Artists were Abigail Butcher, Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik, Anita Jung, John Martinson, Tom Newport, Joey Wallis, Yen-Hua Lee, Bruce Howdle, John Kabot, Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, and Doug Schlesier. This years Voices exhibition also included a theatrical performance by The Loras College Players and Fly-By-Night Productions: Shakespeare Live - theater with an artistic twist.

In cooperation with the Dubuque Museum of Art, this event was generously sponsored by: Iowa Arts Council, Premier Bank, Wilmac Property Co., Mission Creative, and Francis Henkels - Attorney
Joseph Walter: The Christensen Collection
May 1 - August 23, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Prolific Dubuque artist, Joseph Walter (1865-1946), emigrated from Austria in 1898 and made a name for himself as a church muralist though his passion was painting pictures, primarily scenes of Dubuque and the surrounding landscapes. This exhibition showcased eight newly acquired works.

Image: Joseph Walter, Untitled, September 19, 1934, watercolor on paper, 12x18 in., gift of James S. and Marcia Christensen, in memory of parents Stanley T. & Gladys M. Christensen (Roberts) and her sister Lillian Roberts, a close friend of the Walter family, 05.08.015

AMERICAN ICONS SERIES
Edward S. Curtis: Faces from the North American Indian Collection
June 12 - August 19, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

With the endorsement of President Theodore Roosevelt and the backing of J.P. Morgan, Edward S. Curtis set about accumulating one of the most important cultural records of Native Americans ever assembled. He photographed tribes from Indian cultures between 1907 and 1930 covering the Plains to the Southwest, Northwest, and Alaska. These images are not purely ethnographic records. Curtis was an artist and that is evident in the moving impressions and pictorial nature of his portrait images.

Image: Edward S. Curtis, Geronimo - Apache, The North American Indian, volume I, plate 2, photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper, copyrighted 1907, Image: 15x10 ½ in., on long-term loan from the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, gift of Mrs. Emma H. Ward.  LTL.1999.11.2

Fiber Sculpture by Mary Merkel-Hess
June 5 - August 10, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Mary Merkel-Hess is a genius with paper and fiber. The Dubuque Museum of Art was honored to exhibit the sculptures of this Iowa City fiber artist. Her brilliantly colored basket forms recall the soft movement of fields of grass on a windy summer day as well as the strict lines of a manicured lawn. Contained in a precisely arranged package, they are the epitome of natural beauty in their form and material.

Image: Mary Merkel-Hess, Haven, 2005, reed, paper, and acrylic paint, 19x14x6 in., courtesy of the artist
Biennial Juried Invitational
February 27 - May 27, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Originally slated as a tri-annual invitational, this popular event now takes place every other year to maximize exhibition opportunities for regional artists. Artists within 200 miles of the museum were invited to submit their work for consideration by guest juror, Alan Z. Aiches, an art museum professional for over 25 years. Mr. Aiches established Aiches Design in Washington D.C. in 1998 and serves as an adjunct curator at the National Building Museum.

Image: RoseAnn Wilgenbusch, Surf City, October 2006, acrylic, copper leaf, and gold leaf, 30x40 in., courtesy of the artist
Ingrid Lilligren, A Certain Consistency. Works, 1996-2006.
February 27 - May 27, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art.  Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

Strong colors, whimsical shapes, and bold symbolism highlight the abstract works of central Iowa artist, Ingrid Lilligren. An Associate Professor at Iowa State University, Lilligren received her M.F.A. from The Claremont Graduate School and her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Her fresh California-influenced work provided a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience a taste of the bustling Western art scene.

Image: Ingrid Lilligren, Dee's Sniffer , 2002, clay, bamboo, and horsehair, 64x32x16 in., courtesy of the artist
Nomi's Rainbow Family
Written by Kent Shankle, Illustrations by Kettle
February 27 - April 29, 2007
Organized by Dubuque Museum of Art

An exhibition of illustrations created by Iowa artist Kettle made its exhibition debut at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Entitled Nomi's Rainbow Family, the exhibition included 29 original paintings accompanied by the text for a children's book by the same name.

This project was conceived of by Kent Shankle who worked in collaboration with his two daughters, Kethe and Naomi Shankle, to develop a fictional story based upon some of the real-life experiences that they encountered living in a non-traditional family situation. Naomi, whose nickname is "Nomi", became the central character of the narrative. As she prepares to attend a family event at her school, she must come to terms with the fact that her family might be somewhat different from other families. The book attempts to address issues of divorce, alternative lifestyles and step-parenting in a light-hearted, yet straight-forward way, embracing and celebrating the diverse nature of contemporary families.

Images: Kettle, Nomi's Rainbow Family, pp. 28-29, 2007, 4x6 in. ea., courtesy of the artist and Kent Shankle
Cityscapes by Barry Masteller
January 16 - April 15, 2007
Organized through Katharine T. Carter & Assoc.

Northern California painter Barry Masteller creates haunting cityscapes that recall the glowing effects of Rembrandt and the charcoal drawings of Seurat. In his Boulevard series, the artist has arranged city streets and apartment buildings, along with the silent movements of silhouetted, Hopperesque people seen through store or apartment windows, to create a sense of community and isolation.

Mr. Masteller has shown his work extensively, most recently at the Caldwell/Snyder Gallery in New York. His work is included in many public and corporate collections, including the Crocker Museum of Art and the Monterey Museum of Art.

Image: Barry Masteller, Boulevard 49, oil on canvas, 48x54 in., courtesy of the artist
Tom Metcalf: Zodiac paintings
December 1, 2006 - February 22, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

Meticulously rendered oil paintings on wood panels of the twelve astrological symbols and astrological wheel by a talented local artist and art professor. This was the inaugural exhibition of the Dubuque Museum of Art series presenting mini exhibitions of local talent - Amuse Bouche!

 

Image: Tom Metcalf, Aries, 2006, oil on panel, 10 1/2x15 in., courtesy of the artist
Steven Gordon: Alaskan Vision
November 28, 2006 to February 18, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Presented by Cottingham & Butler

The Dubuque Museum of Art welcomed Steve Gordon's large-scale oil paintings of the vast and breathtaking Alaskan countryside, providing visitors with a first-hand look at the land of the midnight sun. Mr. Gordon’s focus is the landscapes of south central Alaska portrayed in a painterly, realistic style. “My large-scale paintings enable the viewer to see both the loose brushwork and the realistic image.”

Born in 1956 in Dubuque, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Iowa in 1984. He and his wife moved to Alaska in 1984 where he taught art for several years before becoming a full-time artist in 1992.

Image: Steven Gordon, Johnson Pass, Early Fall, 2006, oil on canvas, 33x73 in., courtesy of the artist
Legacy and Innovation in Contemporary Clay
November 28, 2006 to February 11, 2007
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Curated by Bill Farrell, Delores Fortuna, and Ken Bichell

The genesis of Legacy and Innovation in Contemporary Clay, was the desire of three area clay artists to showcase the work of other artists who served as significant influences in the development of clay as a fine art form after the Second World War. At the same time they wished to illustrate the work of contemporary artists who they saw as being the “inheritors” of these often radical teachers and aesthetic philosophies. As ideas developed, it seemed there were invited artists whose work has come to influence and epitomize the essential elements of work that followed; some whose work refined the artistic philosophies and techniques of the former; and still others who have learned, and completely absorbed, the techniques of their predecessors and are moving their own work to the very cutting edge of the medium. Often, these artists are producing works that could be included within all three of these generalities – a testament to their creative spirits and energy.

Image: Paul Soldner, Untitled, 2004, low-fired salt, 24x26x10 in., collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Selections from the Papua New Guinea Museum, Wartburg Theological Seminary
August 29 - November 12, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by David & Kathy Schaller

Tucked away in a refurbished gallery in the basement of the Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque is a splendid array of art, tools, jewelry, and other items that represent the native cultures of Papua New Guinea. The missionaries from Wartburg Seminary have had extensive interaction with the many different tribes of these islands in the South Pacific, north of Australia, since the early 20th century. A variety of artifacts that have been collected during mission visits were on display in the Dubuque Museum of Art's lobby. These select artifacts focused on the artistic talents of the people of Papua New Guinea.

Image: Kundu Drum, local wood and snake or lizard skin, collection of the Papua New Guinea Museum, 20-1/180
VOICES FROM THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
September 9 - October 22, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Premier Bank, Iowa Arts Council, Wilmac Property Company, and Francis Henkels Attorney

Following the success of the wildy popular debut exhibition last year, Voices 2006 was housed in the same warehouse at 1000 Jackson Street in Dubuque. However this event boasted a six-week run and was open Friday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons through the period.  Artists from the original exhibition nominated artists for this presentation. They included:  Mary Beck and Tom Jewell-Vitale from Dubuque; John Fillwalk from Muncie, Indiana; Mary Koenen Clausen from Tipton, Iowa; Susan Becker from Bellevue, Iowa; Paul Sacaridiz and Gary Justis from Bloomington, Indiana; Stephen Maxon and Doris Park from Kalona, Iowa; and Kenneth Nelson from Platteville, Wisconsin.

Remembering Ilze Siltumens-Holzer
August 22 - November 5, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, presented by Cottingham & Butler

Much admired as a “new regionalist” this presentation of works by the late Ilze Siltumens-Holzer (1955-2005), who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in January 2005, highlighted her landscapes of the rural Midwest in the style of which she was so well-known.

Ms. Holzer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1992. After two years of study at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, she decided to devote her efforts exclusively to oil painting, studying with nationally acclaimed artists Tom Uttech, William Nichols and Adolph Rosenblatt. In 2002, Ms. Holzer moved with her husband, James Holzer, to Hannibal, Missouri where they owned and operated the Red Hat Gallery, now known as The Gallery of Fine Art.

Image: Ilze Holzer, Forest Series #4, 31x25 in., oil on hardboard, courtesy of The Gallery of Fine Art, Hannibal, Missouri
AMERICAN ICONS SERIES
Moved by the Machine: Art Inspired by the Automobile
featuring Art for the Automobile: Hood Ornaments From the Wahl Collection
June 13 - October 22, 2006
Curated by Josephine Shea, organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, presented in part by Mike Finnin Ford-Chrysler-Jeep

The machine that changed American life and landscape has served as muse for the artist, and the results range from playful to unsettling. “Moved by the Machine” looked at the automobile as inspiration for artwork in a variety of media, including photography, painting, ceramics, embroidery, and mixed media. Art in the exhibition came from private collections, galleries, and museums - artists include Linda Allen, Sharon Bida, Margarita Cabrera, Jeremy Dickinson, Jörg Erichsen, Chris Everts, Shannon Goff, Richard Griesbeck, Louise Herron Halliburton, Charmaine Kaptur, Nina Katchadourian, Paul T. McCarthy, Nam June Paik, Carol Shinn, Alfred Stieglitz, and John Vachon. A special display of mascots entitled "Art for the Automobile: Hood Ornaments From the Wahl Collection" was also on view.

Image: Dennis Clive, Black Beauty, 1987, low-fire ceramic, 7 ½x10x20 ¾ in., private collection, courtesy of the Allan Stone Gallery, New York
F.S.A. Photographs of Dubuque by John Vachon
May 30 - August 13, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art

John Vachon, a product of the Midwest, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota where he attended St. Thomas College. In 1936, Vachon’s thirst for adventure led him to accept a position with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in Washington, D.C.  In 1940, Vachon’s FSA work took him to Dubuque. Vachon photographed conditions of rural poverty, creating visual records for FSA historical files. His documentation of the living and working environment in this typical Midwestern city served as evidence of the plight of American farmers and laborers. Vachon’s photographs evidence a keen, straightforward observation of life that at times evokes significant emotion.

Image: John Vachon, Farely-Loetscher Building, 1940, black and white photograph, 11x14 in., collection of Dubuque Museum of Art, gift of William G. & Barbara Kruse, 00.08.28
AGAINST THE GRAIN: CONTEMPORARY TURNED WOOD URNS by STEVE SINNER
May 30 - August 13, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

This exhibition featured beautifully crafted vessels that demonstrate the artist’s technical mastery well beyond the simple hobby or pastime. Each piece has a brilliantly decorated, high-finish surface achieved through a variety of sophisticated techniques and materials. In fact, these handsome, turned wood urns borrow much from their ancient Greek predecessors.

Mr. Sinner’s interest in woodworking led to a degree in Industrial Education at Iowa State University. Inspired by Dale Nish’s "Creative Woodworking" in 1975, he attempted woodturning and acquired a passion for the craft. He concentrates on vase forms – difficult because of their deep, hollow interiors. He lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife.

Image: Steve Sinner, Class of '60 – Faded Memories, March 2002, walnut, ink, and silver leaf, 23 ¼x8 1/8x8 1/8 in., collection of Dubuque Museum of Art, 04.01.003
DUBUQUE CITYWIDE HIGH SCHOOL EXHIBITION
May 2 – 21, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art.  Presented by DuTrac Community Credit Union, Dave & Marilynne Field, James & Nancy Klauer, and anonymous patrons.

The Dubuque Museum of Art hosted an exhibition of work by students of Hempstead, Senior, and Wahlert high schools from May 2-21, 2006.

Students contributed two- and three-dimensional work in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles. The students helped hang the exhibition under the supervision of Stacy Gage, the Museum’s Collections & Exhibitions Manager and the art specialists of their respective schools. The exhibition also featured artwork by the art specialists.

On Wednesday, May 10, selected art students had the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities. The activities included a critique session lead by Rachel Williams, Assistant Professor of art education at the University of Iowa and a panel discussion of career opportunities in the visual arts. The panelists were Ken Bichell, artist, teacher and owner of Mississippi Mud Studio,  Rachel Williams, Assistant Professor of art education at the University of Iowa, Kristin Baum, assistant conservator of the University of Iowa Libraries, and Edwin Ritts, executive director of the Dubuque Museum of Art.    

Exhibitions featuring the artwork of Dubuque Community School students happen every two years at the Dubuque Museum of Art, alternating between a high school exhibition and an all school K-12 exhibition.

Telegraph Herald Photojournalists
Day In, Day Out
February 21 - April 23, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art and presented by The Dubuque Telegraph Herald

This exhibition presented a dramatic look at life in the tri-state area from 1993 to 2005 documented by photojournalists from Dubuque’s consummate local newspaper. Area residents remembered many of these moving images but for new generations, newcomers, and visitors the images revealed the vibrancy of Dubuque, then and now.

Curated by Mr. Mark Hirsch of the Telegraph Herald, he explained, "As I selected photographs for this exhibition, I sought feedback from the many staff photographers and interns I have worked with over the last 15 years. Some of the selections were their personal favorites; others are included because they elicited a smile, sparked a laugh, or poignantly captured the 'moment.' The common denominator is the photograph’s ability to communicate information while transcending cultural and language barriers. That is photojournalism."

Image: Dave Kettering, June 23, 2005, 16x20 in., digital print, courtesy of the Telegraph Herald
Images From Places Past: Photography by Louie Psihoyos
February 7 - April 23, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Nick & Christine Yiannias

The Dubuque Museum of Art proudly welcomed world-renowned photographer and Dubuque native, Louie Psihoyos with an exhibition of his stunning photography. This exhibition featured a collection of Mr. Psihoyos' greatest hits from his brilliant career as a photojournalist shooting for such distinguished magazines as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. The collection boasts a wide array of amazing subjects from around the globe.

Forbes magazine has described Mr. Psihoyos as, “one of the ten top photographers in the world.” He has captured subjects from dinosaur eggs, exotic landscapes, and documentary wonders to lively portraits of some of the most famous people in the world.

Louie Psihoyos was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1957. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in photojournalism. He has lived and traveled all over the world and currently resides in Colorado with his wife. Mr. Psihoyos has been the subject of a National Geographic Explorer program, as well as segments on CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning American, and has been invited to speak on NPR several times.

Image: Louie Psihoyos, Guardian, 1989, color photograph, 44x46 in., courtesy of the artist
New Clay Vessels by Elizabeth Shriver
February 16 - April 16, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

This exhibition featured ceramic vessels that explore the synthesis of organic form with functional application. Some objects share the fragile, graceful, and elegant appearance of plants and sea life, while others have the solid, rugged, and durable look of stone. Ms. Shriver’s “aim is not to replicate nature but to blend artistic expression with the beauty of the natural world.” Borrowing from clay vessel shapes centuries old, these coil and hand-built objects break from the traditional in surface treatment.

Elizabeth Shriver received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1987 and was an award winner in the Museum’s 2004 Tri-State Tri-Annual Juried Exhibition. She resides in Coralville, Iowa with her husband and four children.

Image: Elizabeth Shriver, Split Vessel, 2005, Ceramic, 22x18x12 in., courtesy of the artist
Exploring Transparency - Art Glass Invitational
November 29, 2005 to February 12, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, curated by Mark Fowler, sponsored by American Trust Bank

The beauty of art glass was brilliantly displayed at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Since the 1960s, the use of glass as a purely artistic medium has flourished. In Exploring Transparency, works from the collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art highlighted art glass from this early period. In addition, over 20 contemporary glass artists from around the United States represented the current trends in art glass, including Hank Murta Adams, Mark Bokesch-Parsons, Barrie Bredemeir, William Carlson, José Chardiet, Jim Cook, Fred di Frenzi, Sheryl Ellinwood, Mark Fowler, Shaun Graves, Wes Hunting, Kreg Kallenberger, Brent Kee Young, Michael Meilahn, Mark Peiser, Stephen Powell, Mike Rogers, Charles Savoie, Paul Stankard, Alex Stisser, Mark Sudduth, and Steven Weinberg.

Image: Alex Stisser, Soft Barbell Composition, 2005, blown glass, dimensions vary, collection of the artist
Maureen Bardusk and Kathy Weaver
Confluence
November 22, 2005 to January 29, 2006
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

The challenge with successful artistic collaboration is to gain the camaraderie without losing the self. For Maureen Bardusk and Kathy Weaver, the vigorous collaborative process allowed them to gain a better awareness of their own style by requiring each artist to define her style and content in order to proceed, giving each artist a heightened sensibility concerning their own work. There is a sense of renewal and discovery in achieving collaboration because unique ways of problem solving and artistic outlook are uncovered. Their motivation was fired by the intrigue of pushing beyond their comfort zone and normal aesthetic. 

This exhibition featured a collection of individual pieces by each artist along with 50 collages which Bardusk and Weaver worked on individually then jointly, exchanging work until completion. Confluence illustrated the role healthy, voluntary collaboration plays between artists in the process of creativity. The individually created works on display lent a clue to the input each artist contributed to the collages. The show was truly a synthesis and study of contrasting aesthetics.

Image: studio shot of the artists
Miss the Mississippi: Landscapes of My Home
Paintings by Jennifer Braig
August 30 - November 13, 2005
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

Dubuque native, Jennifer Braig, presented paintings that express her love of the landscape she remembered growing up. Her style is balanced yet energetic with unexpected compositions and thick impasto. She uses intense, eye-catching colors to draw the viewer in for a closer look to discover rhythmic brush strokes enlivening the canvas.

Ms. Braig cultivated her love of working in oil at Loras College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art, with minors in Art History and English in 1992 and studied under Tom Jewell-Vitale. Ms. Braig currently lives in Spearfish, South Dakota with her husband and two daughters.

Her smaller works had been displayed locally, so the Museum was excited to showcase Ms. Braig’s large-scale works that reach up to six feet wide.

Image: Mississippi River Barge, 2005, oil on canvas, 7x20x2 in.
Visions for the Next Millennium: Wilderness Photography - Focus on Preservation
Large-format photographs by Clyde Butcher
September 20 - November 6, 2005
Presented by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services

Clyde Butcher's large-format black and white photographs explore his personal relationship with the environment. The photographs chronicle some of America's most beautiful and complex ecosystems. The exquisite depth of his works draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than thirty-five years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape.

Image: Clyde Butcher, Moonrise, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, 1986, black and white photograph, 61 1/2x47 1/2 in.
Voices From the Warehouse District
1000 Jackson St., corner of 10th and Jackson Streets, look for the orange door
September 10 - October 9, 2005 (weekends only, 1:00-5:00p.m.)
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Premier Bank, Wilmac Properties, and Mission Creative

The Dubuque Museum of Art was very excited to announce it's first-ever, off-site exhibition featuring some of the regions most talented and cutting-edge artists. This exhibit showcased major installations that pushed artistic skill and thought beyond a typical museum exhibition setting. Many of the works were created on-site specifically for the unique, historical warehouse space. We hope you were able to join the Dubuque Museum of Art in celebrating this truly unique, cultural experience for Dubuque and the tri-state area. Participating artists included Beth Bird, Bill Farrell, Delores Fortuna, Rose Frantzen, Louise Kames, Amy Mangrich, Tom Metcalf, Chuck Morris, Wendy Rolfe-Mulgrew, and Gene Tully.

Frank Lloyd Wright's SAMARA: Realization of a Usonian Dream
June 7 - September 4, 2005
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art & The John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust, Inc., sponsored by Durrant Group and Metrix Company

America's most celebrated architect was featured through an exciting collection of renderings, blueprints, furnishings, textiles, and other items from SAMARA, one of the late Usonian style homes Wright was commissioned to design during the 1950's by John and Catherine Christian of Lafayette, Indiana. But this exhibition represented much more than that. It was really an exhibition about dreams. It reflected Wright's deeply held dream of designing a comfortable, harmonious, and affordable home for the common man; a home at one with nature and in sync with the lifestyle of its occupants.

Image: SAMARA Living Room
A Century of Iowa Architecture
June 14 - August 21, 2005
Organized and circulated by The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

This was a statewide traveling exhibit in conjunction with the AIA Iowa's 100-year anniversary.  The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, announced the top 50 Iowa buildings of the 20th century last fall, as part of its centennial celebration. To be considered for the honor, a building had to be in Iowa, still standing and designed by an architect.  This juried exhibit, intended to celebrate and inform Iowans of their rich and vibrant architectural heritage, consists of select photographs of the top 50 Iowa buildings including Dubuque's own Julien Dubuque Bridge and Eagle Point Park Shelters.

Image: installation shot

Tom Jewell-Vitale

February 22 - June 5, 2005

Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

Local artist and Loras College art professor, Tom Jewell-Vitale, presented an exquisite body of expressive abstract works in oil, wax and acrylic.  Jewell-Vitale's style evokes tranquility and acumen, and acquaints the viewer with the artist's sensibility. Each image provides a personal opportunity for peaceful introspection and appreciation; overflowing with lush colors, intriguing juxtapositions, and fascinating shapes.

Image: Thomas Jewell-Vitale, Roshi's Advice, 2003, oil, wax, and acrylic on paper, 11x9 in., collection of the artist
Ideally Real
The Paintings of Mary Kline-Misol
March 29 - May 20, 2005
Guest curator David Wells, sponsored by Tri-State Independent Physicians Assoc., Inc. and Dubuque Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C.

This exhibition examined the style and motivation of well-known Des Moines area artist, Mary Kline-Misol.  Drawing from her extensive body of extraordinary, life-size paintings, guest curator, David Wells provided insight into the works' ideally real settings.  The artist's unique perspective and thick impasto creates a definite air of mystery and magic in subjects ranging from portraiture and still-life to Alice in Wonderland and botanical series.

Image: Wintertree (Blackbird), 2000, Acrylic on canvas, 40x60 in., collection of the artist

Salmagundi Club: An American Institution
January 25 - March 20, 2005
Organized by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, sponsored by FRIENDS and the Dubuque Museum of Art

The Salmagundi Club, founded in 1871, is one of the oldest art organizations in America and boasts the membership of influential artists like George Inness, Howard Chandler Christy, Robert Blum, William Merritt Chase, Emil Carlsen, Childe Hassam, Louis Comfort Tiffany, just to name a few.

This exhibition of club member's work included works of art, artists' used palettes, hand decorated mugs, photographs and the coveted Salmagundi Club medal.

Image: William Merrit Chase (1849-1916), Seated Woman with Fan, ca. 1890, ink drawing
Pig Latin: Illustrations by Arthur Geisert
November 23, 2004 - February 18, 2005
Curated by Jane Milosch, sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

From the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibit featured original hand-colored etchings created for Geisert's book, "Roman Numerals I to MM", published by Houghton Mifflin in 1996. Lessons of how to count Roman numerals are filled with fanciful depictions of pigs in hot-air balloons, pigs playing tug-of-war. and pigs romping about the farmyard.

Image: Arthur Geisert, Roman Numerals, Jacket Front, 1996, hand-colored etching, The Arthur Geisert Collection.  Gift of Arthur and Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack and Mantea Schmid.

Dubuque: The Grant Wood Collection

May 29, 2004 - January 9, 2005

Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Dubuque Internal Medicine, PC and Tri-State Independent Physicians Assoc. Inc.

This exhibition featured works from the Museum’s significant collection of Iowa Regionalist, Grant Wood. Wood’s work celebrates the rolling landscape of rural Iowa and gives dignity to the seasonal labors of the farmer who works the soil. Wood’s work is also infused with a gentle humor that viewers can easily identify with.

Dubuque’s Grant Wood Collection was established in 1935 when the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, using a bequest of Mary E. Lull, purchased two important paintings: "Appraisal" and "Victorian Survival." It was the first public collection in Iowa to acquire major works directly from Grant Wood. Throughout the history of both organizations, the Museum and Library have enjoyed a longstanding professional partnership. This relationship was capped in 1999, when, through a long term loan by the Carnegie-Stout Library, the Dubuque Museum of Art became the caretaker of the Woods and other paintings. The Museum was entrusted with the collection because they could “provide the best facility and opportunities for the community to enjoy these treasures."

Other works in the exhibit came to the Museum through the generosity of Museum patrons, Dr. Randy Lengeling and Bob and Barbara Woodward. The exhibit included Wood’s early work, as a student exploring a variety of aesthetic models during his travels in Europe, his iconic and familiar Regionalist images of the Midwestern landscape and rural folk that he loved and respected, and the set of lithographs completed during the last four years of his life. Also included in the exhibition were whimsical flower pot sculptures, “Lillies of the Alley”  composed of nuts and bolts found in Wood’s alley. Other objects in the exhibition included books illustrated by Wood and a brochure he published to advertise the Stone City Art Colony.

Image: Tree Planting Group, lithograph, 1937, Gift of Dr. Randall Lengeling, 99.12.02
Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian-Selections from the Complete Portfolio Collection
May 29, 2004 - January 9, 2005
The exhibit was sponsored by Target and FRIENDS of the Dubuque Museum of Art

Pioneering photographer Edward S. Curtis captured the daily and ceremonial existence of the Native Americans during the period 1900-1930. His ambitious project was endorsed by then President Theodore Roosevelt and financed by JP Morgan. Curtis’ goal was to produce a 20 volume set of ethnographic text illustrated with high quality photogravures.

The exhibition consisted of 20 images from the Complete Portfolio. The Portfolio came to the Dubuque Museum of Art once again through the auspices of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Former Dubuque native, Mrs. Emma H. Ward gave the portfolio to the Library as a memorial to her late husband, Hiram Pond Ward. This Portfolio came under the care of the Museum in 1999, with other significant works from the Library’s collection.

After languishing for years unnoticed, the Curtis photographs resurfaced in the 1970’s and are now recognized as one of the most significant records of the Native American cultures ever produced.

Paladin 3Michelle Sales: Accumulations
August 10 - November 7, 2004
Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler

Fiber artist Michelle Sales expresses herself forcefully with dyed and heat treated synthetic fiber in her exhibit "Accumulations", in the Kris Mozena McNamer gallery at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Photojournals of decay and erosion created during travles to Central and South America influence her work. Each piece of material that Ms. Sales manipulates and then sews together represents a memory that she recalls while creating her work. The exhibition work provides viewers with a chimerical yet corporeal environment of human forms including torsos, arms, and life-size figures to examine.

Image: Paladin 3, 2003, 74 x 24 x 12 in., Thermoplastic materials, dyed and stitched, wire, transferred text, found objects, collection of the artist








 


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