Second Saturdays at DUMA

Join us for free and family-oriented programming every second Saturday of the month at 1 PM. Second Saturdays features culturally-diverse performing arts acts and hands-on art activities that the entire family will enjoy.

December will feature a screening of the 1966 animated version of the Grinch followed by an ornament making activity lead by the Hempstead Art Club.

Who knows… maybe the Grinch himself will make an appearance?

Second Saturday: ART in the PARK Snow Sculpting Event

Beat the winter blahs with a very special February Second Saturdays event!

Three professional snow-sculpting teams will compete to see who can carve the best snow creation, including a team from Dubuque who participated in last year’s U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. The carving begins on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and ends at Noon on Sunday, Feb. 10, as the public event beings.

Join the Winter fun on Sunday, at Washington park directly in front of the Museum, and vote for your favorite sculpture. There will be both a “People’s Choice” award and a juried winner, announced at 3:45 PM.

But the fun isn’t only for the professionals! On Sunday, community members may try their hand at some sculptures of their own, either individually or in teams. Tools will be provided. Note that there will be a limited amount of snow-blocks available for carving.

In addition to the outside festivities, Second Saturdays continues inside the Dubuque Museum of Art. Take a break to warm up with some light refreshments and fun family art activities.

Please remember to dress warmly if you are planning on participating!

In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563-557-1851 or call 563-580-2485 for event schedule changes.

This event sponsored by the City of Dubuque Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and is supported by in-kind contributions from Sundown Mountain, Spahn & Rose Lumber Company, and JaMar Pattern, Inc., McCoy Trucking, and is a sanctioned WinterFun. Inc. contest.

Second Saturdays at DuMA are sponsored by Mediacom.


Museum Matinee: Harry Who and the Chicago Imagists

Our Museum Matinee series features free art documentary screenings in our lobby area. After the movie, attendees are invited to tour the Museum’s current exhibitions without charge.

On Oct 21, we are showing:

Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists 2014
“In the mid-1960s, the City of Chicago was an incubator for a group of young artists known as the Imagists.”

Note: some themes and images in this film may not be suitable for children.

Lunch & Learn: Remnants of the West

Join DuMA for a gallery walk looking at selected works from the exhibition Remnants of the West: Edward S. Curtis and Mark James, with Executive Director David Schmitz, Associate Curator and Registrar Stacy Peterson, and Director of Education, Margaret Buhr. There is no charge for this event.

Time Capsules: Photography and Anachronism with George Slade

Join DuMA for Time Capsules: Photography and Anachronism, a lecture by photography historian and curator George Slade focusing on the Museum’s current exhibit Remnants of the West: Edward S. Curtis and Mark James.

Both Edward Curtis and Mark James use their photographic skills to transport us into other times and spaces. How do their images reflect photography’s unique capacity to represent history? This lecture will explore the question specifically in regards to Curtis and James, and more broadly as a phenomenon singular to the medium.

Lecture is free. Attendees are invited to tour the museum galleries and exhibit Remnants of the West after the talk at no charge.

Lunch and Learn with Ron Tigges

Ron Tigges, president of the Dubuque Camera Club, will discuss and show amazing in-camera techniques of creative photography, as seen in the featured exhibition, Dimensions of Photography, on view until October 29th. Our “Lunch and Learn” series of educational art-related programming are always free. Lunch is not provided, but you may bring in a brown bag lunch to eat during the presentation.

Roy Behrens Gallery Talk

In conjunction with the exhibition Razzle-Dazzle: World War I Camouflage Ephemera, collection owner Roy Behrens will speak about the little known use of designers, architects and artists (including Iowan Grant Wood) as army, navy, and civilian camouflage experts (called camoufleurs) during World Wars I and II.

A noted scholar on the aesthetics and history of camouflage, Behrens is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on the subject and has been described by Communication Arts magazine as “one of the most original thinkers in design.” His most recent book is Frank Lloyd Wright and Mason City: Architectural Heart of the Prairie.

This program is free. Attendees are invited to tour the Museum’s current exhibitions after the talk for no charge.

Sponsored by Humanities Iowa

Lunch & Learn at the Key City Creative Center

Lunch & Learn at the Key City Creative Center

Learn about the Steeple Square stained glass project. Program concludes with a tour of Key City Creative Center. FREE admission.

Key City Creative Center located at 18th and Central Ave.

FAMOUS DEAD ARTIST: Margaret Bourke-White


Dali, Warhol, and O’Keefe, previously featured Dead Artists

One of the Museum’s most anticipated semi-annual events, the Famous Dead Artist series brings legendary artists to life through portrayals by local actors. Featured artists span the visual, performing, literary, and culinary worlds and have included Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Julia Child, and Leonard Bernstein, among many others.

December 3rd features Jen Hogue performing as Margaret Bourke-White.

Margaret Bourke-White was a photographer best known for her work as the first female American war photojournalist. Her photography was featured on the cover of the very first issue of the modern iteration of Life magazine in 1936, and she was the first Western photographer allowed to document the Soviet Five-Year plan. She is also known for her journalism regarding the 1930’s Dust Bowl, Nazi Germany, life under Communism in the Soviet Union, and recording the India–Pakistan partition violence in the 1940’s.

This program is free, but seats fill up fast. Please plan to come early if you’d like to be guaranteed a spot to sit!

Previous Dead Artist Series performances are available to watch online by following this link.

Film screening: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray

Film screening: Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray (2016) 1 hour.
An intimate portrait of the groundbreaking artist Elizabeth Murray. This film explores the relationship between Murray’s family life and career, and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history. Footage of Murray in her studio, home videos, interviews with art world luminaries and Murray’s own journals round out this moving, thought-provoking profile.