ARTIST TALK: Rachel Deutmeyer

Photographer Rachel Deutmeyer offers her thoughts on her exhibition Everything Fades and what it means for a Biennial artist to have a solo show.

Free with admission

Women of Influence Celebration

Friday, October 21

4 PM: Correspondences Gallery Talk
5 PM: Intimate Exchange Gallery Talk
6–9 PM: Opening Celebration

$20 for members ($8 Under 21 )
$25 general admission ($10 Under 21)
Free for 1874 Society members

Celebrate new exhibitions and the women who inspire us.

Join artists Mary Bergs and Lisa Hochstein inside their collaborative exhibition, Correspondences, for an intimate gallery conversation about their process and the trust and humility it required.

Mother/daughter artists, Wendy S. Rolfe and Thérèse Mulgrew will be introduced by actress Kate Mulgrew inside their exhibition. Surrounded by 30 portraits, they will talk about the joys and challenges of integrating artistic and family life and how that shows up in Intimate Exchange.

The party continues with cocktails, music and art-making that celebrates the women who influence us—so, bring someone who inspires you.


Thérèse Mulgrew, Overflowing Champagne, 2022, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist.
Thérèse Mulgrew, Overflowing Champagne, 2022, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist.

Art For All – Art Geisert’s 80th Birthday & Book Signing

A multigenerational event honoring artist Arthur Geisert and his latest book, How the Big Bad Wolf Got His Comeuppance.

Admission includes book signing, story time, food and art activities. Bluegrass Alumatics will provide the musical entertainment and Flatted Fifth Blues + BBQ the food.

Exhibition Opening Reception

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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Nichole Gronvold Roller Artist Talk

A artist talk with Illinois artist Nichole Gronvold Roller discussing her Up Down and Through exhibition.

Gronvold Roller explores Midwestern landscapes and architecture through her irregular polygonal canvases and abstract kaleidoscope imagery.

This free artist talk will be pre-recorded and posted on the DuMA Facebook profile and YouTube channel the day of the event.

The Up, Down and Through exhibition continues through February 7, 2021.

Exhibition Opening & Member Preview – Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual exhibition opening and member preview of the new DuMA exhibition, “Portraits of the Pandemic”: An Exhibition of Self-Portraits by Local Artists. We will start our evening with an interview of our Curator and Registrar, Stacy Peterson by Telegraph Herald Features Editor, Megan Gloss. Then we will join “Portraits” artists Lisa Towers, Gregory T. Nelson and Angela Ventris in the Falb Gallery for one on one interviews with Kay Schroeder, Marketing & Engagement Manager.

“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. It also aims to examine how the pandemic and the subsequent effects to our social and physical interactions have reshaped our lives.

“Portraits” opens October 24, 2020 and continues through February 7, 2021

This a free event that will require no registration and you will be able to tune in to watch this event LIVE via the DuMA Facebook profile or on our YouTube channel.

Facebook Crosspost: 2020-May-21

Did you miss last weeks virtual gallery talk with the Flow exhibition artists?

Watch it now on the DuMA YouTube channel~

On May 14th DuMA hosted a virtual gallery talk with artists featured in the exhibition, “Flow: Journey Through The Mississippi River Watershed”. The artist panel included: Anna Metcalfe, Libby Reuter and Susan Knight.

New Exhibition Opening/Member Preview

Join us for an exhibition opening and member preview of two new DuMA exhibitions, Flow: Journey through the Mississippi River Watershed and A City at Work: Dubuque Portraits from 1912. Light refreshments and cash bar provided.

Flow: Journey through the Mississippi River Watershed is an exhibition focusing on themes of water and our personal connection to it. Featuring Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan of St. Louis, Missouri; Jennifer Bates of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Susan Knight of Omaha, Nebraska; and Anna Metcalfe of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A City at Work: Dubuque Portraits from 1912 is selection of photographs from the Klauer Collection. Both exhibitions open on January 18, 2020 and continue through April 19, 2020.

Non-Members $10 and Members free

Gallery Talk: Carrie Pearce

Join Peoria, Illinois artist Carrie Pearce for a gallery talk about the paintings in her exhibition The Merry Makers.

Pearce explores the unlimited realm of imagination in her latest series The Merry Makers: Paintings by Carrie Pearce. The exhibition features ten figurative oil paintings from the series and opens January 25 in the Dubuque Museum of Art’s Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery.