Craft 2022

Dubuque Museum of Art

Craft Invitational

June 18 – October 2

Sponsored By

Welcome to the third DuMA Craft Invitational featuring 26 regional craft artists. In this exhibition we step out of the frame to discover and appreciate art in everyday life by artists who are deeply inspired by materials and the processes of making.

The works in this exhibition demonstrate the transformative power of craft where disparate, ordinary materials in skilled hands go from inconsequential to useful, from unremarkable to revelatory. As you walk through the exhibition, you will find a mix of materials transformed into an array of objects—from dishware and orbs in ceramic to a cloak and bound forms in fabric. Bringing these distinct objects together where they are equally considered for their artistic merit underscores the Museum’s commitment to making connections and expanding understanding through art.

The Craft Invitational highlights a select group of regional artists who are pushing boundaries in ceramic, glass, metal, paper, textile, and wood. Each artist combines high levels of skill and craftsmanship with conceptual rigor. Playful and expressive details emerge throughout. Small-scale metal objects and jewelry demonstrate masterful skill. Large-scale ceramic, fiber, and weaving-inspired installations push the conceptual line and reveal aspects of the human condition, from spirituality and grief to renewal. Wood and ceramic assume classic and novel forms. Glass expresses protest and meditation and internal conflict. Paper plays with transparency and light. The Craft Invitational artists carry forward ancient skills in innovative ways, maintaining a tangible connection to our handcrafted past.

A five-member curatorial team spent the past year selecting the artists and artwork for this exhibition. This exhibition is a direct reflection of their areas of expertise: Darlys Ewoldt, metal artist from Chicago, Illinois; Don Friedlich, metal and glass jeweler from Madison, Wisconsin; Carole Spelić, mixed media artist from Mineral Point, Wisconsin; Delores Fortuna, ceramic artist formerly from Galena, Illinois; and Paul Opperman, textile and wearables artist from Dubuque, Iowa.


David Barnhill
Malone, Wisconsin

Annie Bisone
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sarah C. Chapman
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jocelyn Châteauvert
Mount Vernon, Iowa

Nate Ditzler
Dubuque, Iowa

Marianne Fairbanks
Madison, Wisconsin

Mary Hark
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mike Helke
Stillwater, Minnesota

Katie Hudnall
Madison, Wisconsin

Joseph Ivacic
Chicago, Illinois

Yvette Kaiser Smith
Chicago, Illinois

Jill King
Evanston, Illinois

Laura Konecne
Dubuque, Iowa

Shayna Leib
Madison, Wisconsin

Tom Loeser
Madison, Wisconsin

Matthew Naftzger
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

William J. O’Brien
Chicago, Illinois

Yuka Okane Inoue
Lake Forest, Illinois

Lorraine Reynolds
Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Suzan Rezac
Riverside, Illinois

Monica Rudquist
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Harue Shimomoto
Madison, Wisconsin

Mike Stumbras
Edwardsville, Illinois

Chris Threlkeld-Wiegand
Iowa City, Iowa

Alicia Velasquez
Iowa City, Iowa

Kee-ho Yuen
Coralville, Iowa