Current Exhibitions

LOUISE KAMES (America, b. 1955) Dear Mother, 2003

Collection of the artist

September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Louise Kames: Dear Mother

An installation by artist and Clarke University Professor of Art Louise Kames will accompany the exhibition Just to Live is Holy.

Kames was a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque for 24 years and remains closely connected to the women of the BVM community. She created the installation, Dear Mother, in 2003 to honor twenty-two deceased BVM Sisters with whom she had lived or worked.

Dear Mother honors the lives and commitments of the BVM Sisters through references to key practices and rituals along their spiritual path. The installation consists of twenty black silk forms, suspended in procession and screen printed with each sister’s entrance letter and an image of the pine walk at Mt. Carmel, the Congregation’s Motherhouse in Dubuque. Among the suspended forms are etched glass grave markers and a copper vessel containing a video projection of a beating heart. Accompanying the forms is a Sacramentary, which is the Catholic book of prayers for celebration of the Eucharist, the ceremony of the last supper. Images of the twenty-two women are printed on the pages of the Sacramentary.

Louise Kames was born in Illinois and lives in Dubuque. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (1988) in drawing and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a Master of Arts degree (1981) in Art History from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts degree (1977) in studio art and art history from Clarke University in Dubuque. Kames began her teaching career at Clarke in 1983 where she is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Visual and Performing Art Department.

Just to Live Is Holy: Women Religious and a Tradition of Art, Faith and Justice

September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Just to Live Is Holy: Women Religious and a Tradition of Art, Faith and Justice

Just to Live Is Holy features more than a dozen artists affiliated with a religious order, each of whom has made a unique contribution to our understanding of the relationship between art and faith and the importance of social justice.

A highlight of the exhibit will be the inclusion of works by internationally-known artist, Corita Kent (American, 1918-1986). Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa a century ago, Kent taught at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles for more than two decades, where she developed a distinctive, Pop Art style, blending bold color and graphic imagery with scripture and poetry to form a language at once personal and universal.

Works by more than a dozen noted local and regional women religious artists are featured in the exhibition, including: Corita Kent, Louise Kames; Sr. Helen Kerrigan, BVM; Sr. Margaret Mear, BVM; Sr. Blanche Marie Gallagher, BVM; Sr. James Ann Walsh, BVM; Sr. Carmelle Zserdin, BVM; Sr. Barbara Cerny, BVM; Sr. Catharine Wall, O.P.; Sr. Joeann Daley, O.P.; Sr. Chiara Pauloni, O.P.; Sr. Carrie Link, PBVM; Sr. Kay Cota, PBVM; and Sr. Marie Barth, PBVM.

A fully-illustrated catalogue is being published in conjunction with the exhibition and will include essays by Dr. Paulette Skiba, BVM, professor of religious studies at Clarke University; Louise Kames, chair of the Art Department at Clarke University; Sister Rhonda Miska; and John August Swanson, a Los Angeles-based artist and former student of Corita Kent.

Related programs and exhibitions will take place at Clarke University Quigley Gallery and Mt. Carmel.