For a limited time, Dubuque Museum of Art presented an unexpected and unique collection of over 100 works of art by 8 folk and self-taught artists from Iowa. Most of these artists began creating art later in life, motivated by major life changes, challenges, or tragedies. As artist John J. Donahue explained, “having many injuries and battling cancer and chemo, I found out painting is good therapy.” Although six of the artists are no longer with us, the work of each artist in this exhibition stands as a testament to the humanity, creativity, and inspiration that can be found in our everyday lives.
The artists included: Jerry Erdahl who live in La Porte City and Judith Spencer who lives in Iowa City; John F. Kortson, Vinton; Blanche Dozark, Tipton; Arlene King, Iowa City; William Lowe, Grand River; and Margaret Smith, Dubuque. John J. Donahue, Zwingle completes the group.