At 1:30 P.M., Award-winning artist and author Arthur Geisert will discuss the making of his book Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey through America’s Farmland, a refreshingly realistic view of contemporary rural life in eastern Iowa.
At 2:30 P.M., Dubuque Camera Club members will discuss the 2023 iteration of their annual photography exhibit, Rural Midwest. Members will talk about their experiences and the personal stories behind their work.
Join us for a panel discussion about renowned illustrator Arthur Geisert‘s artwork and books as it relates to his DuMA exhibition: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales. Geisert will be joined by the guest speakers: Claudia Zoe Bedrick (publisher/editor of Enchanted Lion Books,) Louise Kames (Professor and Chair of Visual & Performing Arts, Clarke University,) and Lisa Pope (Librarian, Elkader Public Library.)
Celebrate With Us – DuMA hosts a reception for our new exhibitions: Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales, and Reflections: Photography by the Dubuque Camera Club.
Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales
September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
The Dubuque Museum of Art is pleased to present a new exhibition highlighting the boundless imagination and humor of children’s book author and artist Arthur Geisert. Sponsored by Dupaco and the James B. and Melita McDonough Foundation
Reflections: Photography by the Dubuque Camera Club
September 21 – November 10, 2019
The Dubuque Camera Club explores themes of “reflection” in the 7th annual exhibition of photographs by club members. Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art in conjunction with the Dubuque Camera Club.
One thing that I thoroughly enjoy, both in a professional and creative way, is writing. I’ve been lucky enough to have had several opportunities for writing here at DuMA.
I was assigned the project of writing an interpretive panel for the Arthur Geisert display cases on the second floor of the museum, relating his body of work to rural Midwest and agriculture. Not only was I excited to write, but also to learn more about an artist so prevalent and cherished at the museum. Arthur Geisert, an etcher who has illustrated countless children’s books, is incredibly influenced by rural Midwest. As a transplant to the Midwest, we’ve clearly left quite the impression on him. After reading through several of his books, and noticing the stark impressions of the Midwest within his work, I began the task of writing.
Initially, I wanted to think about who was going to be reading this panel, and I quite simply sorted readers into Midwesterners and Non-Midwesterners. I wanted to play off of Midwesterners’ nostalgia as well as be descriptive enough to have a visceral experience for the Non-Midwesterners. I like to use a lot of pathos in writing because I believe appealing to reader’s emotions can be a very powerful tool when attempting to connect readers to whatever it is you’re writing about. Once I knew how to approach the writing, I researched Geisert’s biography and body of work, which included reading several of his books. I looked for things that I personally connected with as a Midwesterner. After constructing a draft, I asked for feedback from DuMA staff, and applied their helpful input into the final write-up. I’m excited to be contributing to the interpretive content at the museum!
Now it’s time for me to part ways with the museum, as I’ll be presenting my internship experience has my final project for my Museum Studies program, and *fingers crossed* graduating with a Master’s degree in the next couple of weeks. Writing about Geisert’s work was a wonderful end to the many incredible things I worked on here at Dubuque Museum of Art.
By Katherine Hellberg, Intern at Dubuque Museum of Art
DuMA First Fridays will feature the new Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales exhibition. Join us for light refreshments and a hands on etching activity.
First Fridays is monthly, a city wide gallery hop celebrating our creative community. Other First Friday locations include: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Smokestack, Key City Creative, Upcycle Dubuque, Stoned Art, Mary Pop-In Shoppe, Inspire Cafe and Outside the Lines Art Gallery. Make sure to hop, hop, hop to all First Friday locations~
$10 Admission (Members Free)
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DuMA will hold a fall community day that includes a family friendly Junior Dead Artist’s program featuring beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter. There will also be art activities, a scavenger hunt, refreshments, and docent lead tours of the newly opened Arthur Geisert children’s book illustration exhibition.