Current Exhibitions

2017 DUMA Biennial

May 27, 2017 - August 20, 2017

2017 DUMA Biennial

The sixth DUMA Biennial presents an invigorating survey of 70 works created by 57 regional contemporary artists, with exciting new works from artists both familiar and new to the museum.

To enter the competition artists must live within a 200 mile radius of Dubuque and only artwork created in the last two years qualified. For the 2017 DUMA Biennial, a record 208 artists from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri submitted over 580 works of art.

Special thank you to juror, Amanda C, Burdan, Ph.D., Associate Curator of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Congratulations to the 2017 DUMA Biennial artists:
Marcia Babler, Libertyville, Illinois
Judy Bales, Fairfield, Iowa
Maureen O’Neill Bardusk, Galena, Illinois
Brian Bartlett, Madison, Wisconsin
Carrie Baxter, Freeport, Illinois
Beth Bird, Elizabeth, Illinois
Sara Slee Brown, Iowa City, Iowa
Stephanie Brunia, Oxford, Iowa
Gail Chavenelle, Dubuque, Iowa
Jim Davis, Fairfield, Iowa
Patrick Doughman, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Erin Dragotto, Dubuque, Iowa
Velga Easker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fred Easker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pamela Echeverria, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Robert Felderman, Dubuque, Iowa
Alison Filley, Iowa City, Iowa
Michelle Fischer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Christine Flavin, Iowa City, Iowa
Dean Genth, Mason City, Iowa
Lynn Giles, Galena, Illinois
Hannah Goldsmith, Earlville, Iowa
Richard Hess, Galena, Illinois
Angie Huffman, Marion, Iowa
Peggy Johnston, Des Moines, Iowa
Larassa Kabel, Des Moines, Iowa
Mary Jo Kattelman, Newark, Missouri
Alda Kaufman, Dubuque, Iowa
Michael Knapstein, Middleton, Wisconsin
Sarah Krepp, Evanston, Illinois
Janet Lauroesch, Mt Vernon, Iowa
Nancy Lindsay, Anamosa, Iowa
Valerie Mangion, Muscoda, Wisconsin
Kassandra Mattia, North Liberty, Iowa
Kevin McCusker, Manchester, Iowa
Matthew J. Mikulice, Dubuque, Iowa
Diane D. Naylor, Fairfield, Iowa
Eileen Mueller Neill, Riverwoods, Illinois
Pam G. Ohnemus, Davenport, Iowa
Tim D. Olson, Dubuque, Iowa
Mary H. Phelan, Chicago, Illinois
Trey Reis, Des Moines, Iowa
Randy Richmond, Muscatine, Iowa
Robert H. Rivoire, Galena, Illinois
Karen Sebesta, Hudson, Wisconsin
Brian W. Stewart, St Paul, Minnesota
Amenda J. Tate Corso, West Des Moines, Iowa
Greg Thatcher, Fairfield, Iowa
Jeffrey A. Thompson, Des Moines, Iowa
Grant W. Thye, Grundy Center, Iowa
Lisa Towers, Dubuque, Iowa
Cindy Vondran, Rockton, Illinois
Joan A. Webster-Vore, Hudson, Iowa
Lacey Windschitl, Chicago, Illinois
Amy E. Witte, Ankeny, Iowa
Dawn R. Wohlford, Bettendorf, Iowa
Molly Wood, Des Moines, Iowa

The Artist Revealed

Two Centuries of Portraits from Cezanne to Dylan

May 12, 2017 - August 6, 2017

The Artist Revealed

The Artist Revealed: Two Centuries of Portraits from Cezanne to Dylan includes more than 60 self-portraits and portraits, made by and depicting leading 19th, 20th and 21st century artists.
For nearly as long as humans have lived, we have drawn, painted and sculpted our own image and that of others. For most of history, portraiture served a very practical purpose: to document our own existence and to capture an accurate likeness for posterity. This began to change in the late 19th century, as cameras and film became readily available and affordable technologies for the general public. While artists continued to create portraits, they no longer served as the primary record of their subject. Instead, and in keeping with broader trends in modern art, many artists sought to express a feeling and capture the inner essence, rather than the outward appearance, of their subjects.

The Artist Revealed traces this history, beginning with the earliest work in the exhibition, a small wood engraving by American Winslow Homer, dating to 1857; continuing to Paul Cezanne, a French Post-Impressionist artist; and extending to contemporary images by artists as diverse as Norman Rockwell, Alex Katz, Dieter Roth, and Rose Frantzen.

Other highlights include Milton Glaser’s iconic portrait of American songwriter Bob Dylan, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Grant Wood’s only painted self-portrait, on loan from the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.

Not surprisingly, a majority of the images in the exhibition depict visual artists; however, leading figures in other creative fields, including music, literature, and film, are represented, too.

Complete list of lenders:

Public collections: Des Moines Art Center, the Figge Art Museum, Grinnell College Falconer Gallery, the National Portrait Galleries in Washington D.C., and Syracuse University Art Galleries.
Private Collections: Dan Weitz, Rose Frantzen, Diego Lasansky, Larry Gerber, and Jessica Rebik.

The Arthur Geisert Collection: The Etching Process

August 5, 2016 - August 31, 2017

The Arthur Geisert Collection

Undoubtedly the largest collection at the Dubuque Museum of Art is the work of etcher and illustrator, Arthur Geisert with well over 2000 works and growing. From concept drawings and etched copper plates to original hand-colored etchings and published books, the artist’s entire process from start to finish is well represented in the collection and always on view!


Image: Arthur Geisert (America, b. 1941), The Etcher’s Studio (detail), pp. 10-11, A.P., 1996, hand-colored copper plate etching on BFK Rives paper, 7 ¾ x 11 ⅛ in., The Arthur Geisert Collection. Gift of Arthur Geisert and Bonnie Geisert, made possible by Jack & Mantea Schmid., 03.01.33