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Exhibition Opening Reception

June 26, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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DuMA will debut three exhibitions and host an opening reception on Saturday, June 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

The event is open to the public and will feature new works of art on view for the first time. Refreshments will be served along with a cash bar.

Regular admission rates apply for non-members. Museum members are invited to attend free of charge. Accepted Biennial artists will be in attendance, and the juror will present awards for first, second, and third place entries.

About the exhibitions:

The 2021 “DuMA Biennial” is a competitive, juried exhibition intended to recognize and honor the artistic talent that exists throughout our region, within a 200-mile radius of Dubuque. This year’s entries shed light on how artists have experienced, interpreted, and reacted to the last two years. The exhibition is sponsored by Premier Bank, Humanities Iowa, and Grand River Medical Group.

“Emotionscapes: Paintings by Joyce Polance” is a series of 14 oil paintings made since 2015. The expressionistic paintings meld realism with abstraction, and focus on movement, energy, and emotion. Polance was a Chicago-based painter for over 26 years before a move in December 2020, accelerated by COVID-19, took her away from the Midwest and back to her home state of New York.

“How the Big Bad Wolf Got His Comeuppance” is the second book in Arthur Geisert’s trilogy of stories set in Clayton County, Iowa, and presents a new interpretation of the legendary three little pigs story. The first book in the trilogy, Pumpkin Island, came out in 2019 and was set in Geisert’s hometown of Elkader, the county seat. The third book is currently in creation and will feature trolls who live under the many stone bridges on the Turkey River, the main tributary in the county that flows into the Mississippi River. Original etchings will be on display. This exhibition is sponsored by MidWestOne Bank.

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June 26, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Regular Admission
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Dubuque Museum of Art
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Dubuque, IA 52001 United States
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