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 a new exhibition highlighting the boundless imagination and humor of children’s book author
and artist Arthur Geisert.

Opening this fall, the DuMA will present the original illustrations from Geisert’s latest work of fiction, Pumpkin Island, published by Enchanted Lion Books, along with illustrations from his 2013 work Thunderstorm. The exhibition will bring the wondrous worlds of Geisert’s books to life with more than 60 hand-colored etchings (including one that is over 30 feet long), plus preparatory drawings and copper plates. The original works will be 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.