k 8 student art 2024

Brightening the grey winter days with youthful creativity, the citywide K–8 exhibition features two and three-dimensional artwork by elementary and middle school students, chosen by their teachers. Installed by art students from Dubuque Senior High School.

Drift

Dubuque artist E. E. Kono returns to DuMA for a solo exhibition of paintings made with traditional techniques like egg tempera and silverpoint to explore history, myth, and legend. Kono is inspired by the Driftless Area. For her, the region is defined by a river that links the land to the sea and the complex past to a shifting present.

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RACHEL DEUTMEYER Everything Fades

Photographer Rachel Deutmeyer found that you can’t go home again—but that inaccessibility became a route to this powerful visual meditation on loss, change, and memory.

Deutmeyer, an assistant professor of photography at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, had originally set out to explore the small town in Dubuque County where she was raised, but she found she was unable to access the center of her memories: her childhood home. This absence rendered her familiar surroundings foreign, and the house became, in her project, a symbol of what we lose in the passage from youth to adulthood.

The 15 works on view momentarily suspend a landscape in constant change. Spring buds, shadows, sunlight, butterflies, and multiple exposures of the exteriors of houses photographed across the Midwest become reflections of not only the inexorable passage of time but the wavering quality of memory itself. “I edited and sequenced the images to construct a narrative that references a bygone time in my own life,” she wrote, “but they also address collective ideas of home, family, and loss,” a sentiment that turns this highly personal project into a universal one.

Deutmeyer’s work was first exhibited at DuMA in the 2019 Biennial, making Everything Fades both a homecoming and an evolution. “Change is often slow and unnoticed until it suddenly feels permanent and inevitable,” she reflected. “I found beauty in things that were changing, as we are all changing.”

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Image credit: Rachel Deutmeyer, Trusting Aspiration, Spring 2023, 2023, Inkjet print on paper, 20×24 in., courtesy of the artist.

DuMA Biennial 2023

Welcome to the tenth edition of the DuMA Biennial, an exhibition founded in 2003 as a competitive, open-call opportunity for established and emerging artists in the heart of the Midwest.

The ethos of the Biennial is to reflect a moment in time, celebrate regional talent, and continue to build an artistic community. The selected works this year were chosen by juror Pamela Caserta Hugdahl (Executive Director of the Rochester Art Center) from a wide field of over 500 submissions. Hugdahl has assembled a survey that reflects the prominent styles, themes, and range of media she found. The exhibition features contemporary painting, sculpture, furniture, photography and more.

Through the works on view, digital content, and programs, the DuMA Biennial explores how the enormous changes in our social, cultural, and political environment emerge in the art created today by the artists among us.

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Image credit: Priscilla Steele, Magnum Amaryllis, 2022, mixed media on paper, 52.5×27.5 in., courtesy of the artist.