Current Exhibitions

PORTRAITS OF THE PANDEMIC

An Exhibition of Self-Portraits by Local Artists

October 24, 2020 - February 7, 2021

PORTRAITS OF THE PANDEMIC

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Portraits of the Pandemic is an exhibition of self-portraits made during the pandemic by artists in Dubuque and surrounding counties in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The exhibition is inspired by the Stay Home, Make Art movement with the goal of helping local artists remain visible during the pandemic and to share their work with the wider community. It also aims to examine how the pandemic and the subsequent effects to our social and physical interactions have reshaped our lives.

Sooner or later, every artist turns to the mirror for a subject. Artist Frida Kahlo, while convalescing from a terrible injury, once said, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” As the nation went into quarantine in March 2020, life for many in the Tri-State area was abruptly reduced to their immediate surroundings. Business closures and the sudden shift to more people being home day and night affected us all to some degree. During this protracted period of uncertainty, isolation, and controversy around the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many must look inward for ways to stave off boredom, depression, frustration, or fear, DuMA called on our local artists to submit a work that represented their personal experience. Through the works in the exhibition and the artists’ personal reflections, we can address and gain a deeper understanding of our own experiences and thoughts of the  time.

Since June, the museum has featured many of the portraits in a dynamic virtual exhibition across social media and the museum’s website. The museum exhibition brings together a wide selection of these works.
Moreover, everyone who submitted their work is represented in the exhibition, highlighting the importance of including everyone’s experience during this time.

Nichole Gronvold Roller, Keystone

Up
Down
and Through
Paintings by Nichole Gronvold Roller

October 24, 2020 - February 7, 2021

Nichole Gronvold Roller

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A selection of twelve new paintings by Illinois artist Nichole Gronvold Roller opens this fall in the museum’s Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery. Midwestern landscape and architecture are not unfamiliar themes for visitors to DuMA. The uniqueness of our natural and man-made scenery inspires many artists. Gronvold Roller is no exception, though her irregular polygonal canvases and abstract kaleidoscope imagery might deceive the casual viewer.

Gronvold Roller’s paintings conceal the familiar Midwest themes that inspired them and encourage a closer examination. Those who stop for a longer look will find that the artist has made a deep and considered examination of our region.

As the artist states, “My abstract paintings are built upon a catalog of daily experiences within a framework of looking up, down, and through as I navigate throughout the day… The architecture found in both rural and urban settings can either be in harmony with its natural environment or a disjunction of space; both are inspiring. I am attracted to aerial views of cultivated farmland and urban landscapes because of the appealing geometric patterns. The overlapping and intersections of these areas are the most exciting for me; specifically, next to an untamed land.”