Current Exhibitions

Totalitarianism Seen Through Metaphors: Paintings by Ioana Mamali

November 19, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Ioana Mamali

Totalitarianism Seen Through Metaphors: Paintings by Ioana Mamali features seven new works in oil that explore the artist’s experience growing up under Communism. Mamali describes her Surrealistic paintings as “metaphorical representations of past and present existence.” She has a strong desire to express, through metaphorical narratives, the open wounds of Communism, and attempts to show the distortions nested in people’s minds. According to the artist, the purpose of her art is to “awaken the curiosity to understand the truth, so much needed for our survival.”

Ioana Mamali (b. 1945) has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Bucharest-Romania. She has lived in the United States since 1990, when she and her husband left Romania for Iowa City, Iowa. Mamali relocated to Dubuque, Iowa a number of years later to accept a position with an architectural firm. Her work has been exhibited locally as part of the Art@Your Library series at Carnegie-Stout Public Library and in juried exhibitions sponsored by the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Mamali’s works are included in private collections in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Romania, and the U.S.

Image credit: The Broken Bridge, 2018, oil on canvas, 24×30, courtesy of the artist
Woody Nightshade

The Poison Garden: Photographs by Molly Wood

November 2, 2019 - January 12, 2020

The Poison Garden

Written on the iron gates leading into the Poison Garden at Alnwick (pronounced “ANN-ick”) Castle in northern England are the words, “These Plants Can Kill.” This is the warning Des Moines photographer Molly Wood saw as she arrived there to photograph some of the world’s most famous poisonous plants for her Fatal Floras series. Equally fascinating for their danger and symbolism, sixteen of these horticultural hazards, in various stages of their life cycle, are featured in the exhibition, The Poison Garden: Photographs by Molly Wood.

Molly Wood was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. She received her Master of Arts in Art History in 1992 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and her Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism in 1987 from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Wood was an Iowa Arts Council Fellow in 2018. Her work was included in the 2017 DUMA Biennial. In addition to making her photographs, Wood currently produces photo shoots for Meredith Brand Licensing in Des Moines and is an adjunct professor at Des Moines Area Community College.

Image Credit: Molly Wood, Solanum dulcamara (woody nightshade), 2016, archival pigment print on paper, 30×30, Courtesy of the artist

Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales

September 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Arthur Geisert

The Dubuque Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting the boundless imagination and humor of children’s book author and artist Arthur Geisert.

Original illustrations are presented from Geisert’s latest book, Pumpkin Island, along with his 2013 book Thunderstorm, both published by Enchanted Lion Books. This exhibition brings the wondrous worlds of Geisert’s books to life with larger-than-life-size reproductions throughout the gallery, more than 60 hand-colored etchings (including one that is over 30 feet long), preparatory drawings, and copper plates. The exhibition is complimented by a video and hands-on activities for children and families.

Arthur Geisert is the author of more than two dozen books, three of which have been awarded The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. Born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles, Geisert relocated to Bernard, Iowa in 2007 and today makes his home and studio in Elkader, Iowa.

Image credit: Arthur Geisert, Pumpkin Island (detail), 2018, hand-colored, copper plate etching on paper, courtesy of Jack and Mantea Schmid Family.