Current Exhibitions

photo: Bob Adelman

I Am A Man
Mural Exhibition

April 9, 2021 - December 31, 2021

I Am A Man

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) in partnership with Voices Productions and with additional support by Trappist Caskets and Humanities Iowa, is hosting a temporary exhibition of Dana Harrison’s I Am A Man mural at the corner of Bluff Street and 8th Street in downtown Dubuque.

The mural is located on a portion of the west side of a building that is planned for eventual deconstruction.

Mr. Harrison is an Iowa native who discovered a passion for letters and characters in the mid 1990s. He studied under Dasc of the mwck’z (Midwest can controllerz) and the late Sazko of the Belgium bombers, and is a member of the Scarce Elements Crew. Fellow Iowa graffiti writer Asphate will work with Harrison on this mural.

The mural is inspired by a photograph taken on April 8, 1968 by photojournalist Bob Adelman at the memorial march in Memphis, Tennessee for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who had been assassinated just days before. Dr. King was planning to lead the I Am a Man march in Memphis supporting a sanitation workers strike that had begun in February. The workers were striking over their dangerous, low-paying working conditions as well as the racial violence of the era. The man in the image is carrying one of the hundreds of I AM A MAN signs made for the march. Instead of a march led by Dr. King, the man carries it in mourning for Dr. King’s murder.

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Photo: Bob Adelman
The Dubuque Area K-12 Virtual Exhibition

The Dubuque Area K-12
Virtual Exhibition

April 9, 2021 - April 15, 2022

K-12 2021

The much anticipated K-12 exhibition of artwork from students in the Dubuque Community and Holy Family schools occurs each spring. Biennially, the Museum hosts an exhibition of work by City high school students. Because of the pandemic, the Museum chose to combine these exhibitions and present them in a virtual format. The Dubuque Area K-12 Virtual Exhibition was open to all students and features 150 works in a variety of mediums.

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Self Portrait with a Temperature of 97.1, 2020, oil on panel, 25 x19 inches

Olson’s Art Through the Ages:
A Midwestern Perspective

February 20, 2021 - June 13, 2021

Tim Olson 2021

Dubuque artist Tim Olson finds inspiration in the people and places around him and uses that inspiration to re-imagine historic paintings in his latest series. Olson creates a direct dialogue between Midwestern life and masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 19th century. The exhibition features twelve new oil on panel paintings.

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Image credit: Tim Olson, Self Portrait with a Temperature of 97.1, 2020, oil on panel, 25 x19 inches
Sr. Helen Kerrigan, BVM, Self-Portrait, 1974, oil on canvas, 61 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches, Gift of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2020.14

2100 and Counting:
Looking at the Collection in the 21st Century

February 20, 2021 - June 13, 2021

2100 and Counting

This exhibition is a major retrospective of the growth of the museum’s collection over the last two decades. Many works are on view in the museum for the first time. Included in the exhibition are key acquisitions by local, regional, and international artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Salvador Dali, J.J. Kavanaugh, Mark Chamberlain, Elizabeth Eagle, Rose Frantzen, Arthur Geisert, Ernest Garthwaite, Criss Glasell, the Lasansky family, Stanislas Lepine, Francesco Licciardi, Jessica Teckemeyer, Ellen Wagener, Joseph Walter, Marcia Wegman, Grant Wood, and Zane York.

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image credit: Sr. Helen Kerrigan, BVM, Self-Portrait, 1974, oil on canvas, 61 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches, Gift of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2020.14
Hopi from the Women of the America Series, ca. 2000-2010, oil on canvas, 48x24 in., collection of the artist

Women of the Americas:
Paintings by Janet Checker

February 19, 2021 - June 5, 2021

Janet Checker

Galena artist Janet Checker presents a selection of five paintings from her series Women of the Americas. These five works represent the range of her series celebrating the traditional dress of the women of North, Central, and South America.

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Image credit: Hopi from the Women of the America Series, ca. 2000-2010, oil on canvas, 48×24 in., collection of the artist