Gallery Talk with Carol Sauvion

Carol Sauvion, creator and producer/director of the award-winning PBS series “Craft in America”, will present a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition “Handmade Craft Invitational.” Ms. Sauvion has operated Freehand, a Los Angeles gallery specializing in functional craft, for 37 years.

The exhibition: “Handmade Craft Invitational” continues through September 9, 2018.

Free Admission

Look & Learn: Artist Demo Patricia Lehnhardt & Book Making

Join us at DuMA for a demonstration of book making with Artist Patricia Lehnhardt.

Patricia will be sewing a book with coptic binding and explaining the process of dyeing and printing fabrics and paper with natural dyes and leaves, and the process of making paper from mulberry bark, grasses, flax, and recycling paper scraps with botanical inclusions.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition: Handmade Craft Invitational, DuMA will feature a series of artist demos on selected weekends. No registration is required.

DuMA Member Trip to Madison – Day Trip and Studio Tour

DuMA Member Trip
to Madison

Saturday, August 11 – Day Trip

DuMA members will enjoy the privilege of  a free visit to the studio of woodworker Aaron Laux followed by lunch and a guided tour of current exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art. This member trip is offered in conjunction with the exhibition: “Handmade Craft Invitational” continuing through September 9, 2018.

Meet at DuMA parking lot at 8 am to carpool. Return to Dubuque by 4 pm. Members purchase their own lunch.

Advanced reservations are preferred, call 563-557-1851 x11 or email abarron@dbqart.com

Artist Studio Tours: Opperman & Eshelman

See the artist process in action! Visit the art studios of boot maker Paul Opperman and potter Paul Eshelman. This is a free event for DuMA members & $10 for guests

Members and guests are encouraged to provide their own transportation, but a limited amount of rides can be provided by DuMA if needed.

 1-2 PM Paul Opperman Studio: 818 S Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA

3-4 PM Eshelman Pottery: 238 N Main St, Elizabeth, IL

Advanced registration is preferred, call 563-557-1851 x11 or email abarron@dbqart.com

The studio tours are offered in conjunction with the exhibition: “Handmade Craft Invitational” continuing through September 9, 2018.

Paul Opperman Eshelman Pottery

Look & Learn: Artist Demo Paul Opperman & Boot Making

Join us at DuMA for a demonstration of boot making with Artist Paul Opperman.

Making a great fitting, stylish pair of boots takes all the skills of drawing, pattern making, sewing, and sculpting the lasts and heels to make a finished boot.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition: Handmade Craft Invitational, DuMA will feature a series of artist demos on selected weekends. No registration is required.

Saturday, June 23, 1-3 PM
Sam Schold. cigar box guitars

Saturday, June 30, 1-3 PM
Paul Eshelman, slipstone pottery

Saturday, July 14th, 1-3 PM
Paul Opperman, boot making

Saturday, August 18th, 1-3 PM
Patricia Lehnhardt, book making

Look & Learn: Artist Demo with Paul Eshelman

Join us at DuMA for a demonstration of the creation of slipcast stoneware with Artist Paul Eshelman.

The clay vessels of Eshelman pottery order and dignify human life. Clarity is given to simple forms by contrasting glazed and unglazed surfaces. Pure clean glazes render elegant presentation of food and drink.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition: Handmade Craft Invitational, DuMA will feature a series of artist demos on selected weekends. No registration is required.

Saturday, June 23, 1-3 PM
Sam Schold. cigar box guitars

Saturday, June 30, 1-3 PM
Paul Eshelman, slipstone pottery

Saturday, July 14th, 1-3 PM
Paul Opperman, boot making

Saturday, August 18th, 1-3 PM
Patricia Lehnhardt, book making

Artist Demo

Held in conjunction with the exhibition: Handmade Craft Invitational, DuMA will feature a series of artist demos on selected weekends. No registration is required.

Saturday, June 23, 1-3 PM
Sam Schold. cigar box guitars

Saturday, June 30, 1-3 PM
Paul Eshelman, slipstone pottery

Saturday, July 14th, 1-3 PM
Paul Opperman, boot making

Saturday, August 18th, 1-3 PM
Patricia Lehnhardt, book making

Interns Don’t Fetch Coffee

Interns Don’t Fetch Coffee

I have been lucky enough to have had assisted with lots of different tasks and projects here at DuMA as a curatorial intern, and no, I don’t go on coffee runs. Though, let’s be real, I would probably oblige, because the typical working and/or studying Millennial can’t always afford to say no. But I digress. That’s something I find exciting about the smaller institutions, while at times it can be demanding and stressful, often you’re helping with the many different happenings at the museum. From installations, to recording gallery audio guides, to exhibition planning… to even this blog! I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much, and that’s what has made my internship so fruitful.

Therefore, internships are entirely essential for Museum Studies students, and most students, for that matter. This real-world experience cannot be replicated in a classroom. In the classroom, I’ve learned about the theory of the museum experience and visitor motivations, but how do I consider these ideas when I’m writing about Charles Thwaites’ artistic influences, and I need to concisely include interesting points, that are not only related to the content in the exhibition, but are in a language that many walks of life will understand and want to listen to when they phone in to the audio guides? Application. Internships not only exercise the muscles students have tirelessly been developing in the classroom, they also gather the experiences they will need when venturing out into the world looking for a job.

Stacy Peterson (Associate Curator and Registrar) and Paul Opperman (Preparator and Bootmaker) at one of the many Craft meetings, intently looking at a draft of the exhibition layout.

Now that my time at DuMA is approaching the end, one of the final bigger projects I’ve been assisting with is the early stages of exhibition planning for the upcoming Craft Invitational. It has been an interesting insight into the conceptualization of an exhibition, selecting artists, editing object checklists, and brainstorming programming ideas. As a wannabe curator, I anticipate this kind of organizing in future projects, and while school has been preparing me for the field, it couldn’t have prepared me in a way quite like this project has. Artist and object checklists, I’ve come to learn, are essential, and one of my tasks during this project has been to constantly edit the exhibition checklists with new or changing information. Not only do they keep things organized for the curator’s benefit as well as the artist’s benefit, but they also allow for the curator to become familiarized with the artist’s work and the objects to be exhibited prior to them physically being present at the museum. Also, one thing I’ve always believed, and have witnessed during this project, it to utilize the expertise of others. The co-curators, artists themselves, relay their knowledge of craft and how craft is presented in gallery spaces. These are just a couple of things I’ve encountered during this project, and it has been so incredibly exciting to watch the exhibition come to fruition.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Handmade Craft Invitational that’ll be exhibited from June 2 to September 9, 2018!

By Katherine Hellberg, Intern at Dubuque Museum of Art