Bisignano Art Gallery

2016-17 Exhibit Schedule

‌‌Touch, Anoint and Heal: God with Us

August 28 - September 30

Traced through all of Scripture, the finger of God inscribes the law on stone, imparts the word to willing lips, and continues to animate our day-to-day. The exhibit seeks to bring the touch of God down from the lofty ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and into day-to-day corporeal reality. This exhibit features 31 original works of 2-D and 3-D art created in a variety of media.

Mauricio Lasansky: The Kaddish Series

October 3 - October 28

In this series of eight large-scale intaglio prints, Lasansky (then master printmaker at the University of Iowa) took as his subject the Nazi destruction and degradation of the Jewish people. Completed in 1978, these somber Kaddish prints used the Jewish prayer for mourning as the artist’s personal
answer for peace and survival.

Reception: October 14 | 6 – 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with Homecoming and Third Eye Blind

 4th Annual Student International Photography Exhibition

November 7 - November 25

Held in conjunction with the International Studies Office, this exhibition marks UD's celebration of International Education Week.  While tables strategically placed around the Heritage Center will be extolling the benefits of international study for students, the Bisignano Art Gallery will host the 4th Annual Student International Photography invitational exhibit, open to all students who have traveled and studied outside of the United States during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Reception and Awards: November 7 | 4-5:00 p.m.

Carl Johnson: Dubuque Landmarks Revisited

November 28 - December 30

This exhibit showcases new paintings and drawings by popular Galena artist, Carl Johnson.  At 84, Johnson says that he is only 'partially' retired.  Johnson holds a BFA in design from the University of Illinois/Champaign and became a commercial artist in the metro Chicago area.  In 1970 he moved to Galena to paint full time.  The city of Dubuque has greatly inspired him in developing his pen-and-ink and watercolor technique to record historic architecture.  "Dubuque is a changing world of place, season, and light."  Using pen-and-ink, he details his architectural subjects, adding watercolor to give the drawings life and atmosphere.

Reception: December 7 | 6-7:00 p.m.

‌4th Annual Juried Dubuque High School Art Exhibit

January 4 - January 27

This is a very unique show and a favorite in the community.  Normally, an outside juror is tasked to choose art works.  In this show, though, the art teachers themselves at Dubuque Senior High School, Wahlet High School, and Hempstead High School jury the best from their classes.  In its fourth year, the impressive visuals by these young people are quite exciting during usually an otherwise drab, cold January.  Avant-garde in our schools, surely.  There is an amazing intensity and level of expressionism in this show of 2D and 3D works.

Reception: January 5 | 5-6:00 p.m.

Quilts of Valor

February 6 - February 17

An Eastern Iowa quilting group will display 11 large (10' square) handmade quilts and will award them to veterans at the end of the show/reception.  We are honored to display these very meaningful works.

Ceremony and Reception: February 17, in conjuction with CANTUS

Pre-Concert Talk and Ceremony: 6-6:30 p.m.

Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments provided.

Experiencing JTerm: Snaps of JTerm 2017

February 20 - March 3

UD started its intensive JTerm tradition six years ago.  All universities do not have JTerms, though, and staff, students, and faculty approached the first one with trepidation.  What goes on during an intensive 13 days in the middle of winter both in and out of the classroom?  Step into the Bisignano for a snapshot of an eduational moment in time.  Students take classes in Florence, Rome, Venice, the Dubuque Homeless Shelter, Sundown Mountain ski resort - literally all over the globe.  JTerm is engaged education.  Once you view these pictures you'll know what a joy learning can be.

Reception: February 23 | 6-7:00 p.m., followed by poetry reading in the gallery from 7-8:00 p.m.

Only Line: Pencil and Ink by Alan Garfield and Steve Ziegler

March 6 - April 14

This exhibit features recent work by two Midwestern artists, Alan Garfield (Dubuque) and Steve Ziegler (Madison), who actively decide only to use pencil and ink.  Decidedly not minimalists.  Garfield travels with students and uses charcoal because he's on the move constantly.  Ziegler wanders around his farm and uses nature as a jumping off point for his ink drawings.

Reception: March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m., in conjunction with "Our Town"

The EDGE Exhibition

April 17 - April 28

In its 13th year, this student show focuses on the creative ideas of computer graphics students at UD.  While these students work around the clock to create logos, websites, printed materials, and brochures in the classes, this exhibit allows the students' creative juices to flow.  Every CGIM major is required to submit one fine arts work.  Monetary awards from graduates of the CGIM program will be presented, as well as the Best of Show, which will be purchased for the University's permanent collection.  This show is part of APEX, the annual student excellence celebration.

Reception: April 25 | 3-4:00 p.m.

CGIM Senior Thesis Exhibition

May 1 - May 13

All graduating seniors in the Computer Graphics and Interactive Media Department are required to participate in this Senior Thesis Exhibit.  As partial fulfillment of the Computer Graphics Senior Seminar, students create three original works plus a thesis statement.  The show is always a mixture of edgy aesthetics and celebration and involves 2D and 3D animation.

Reception: May 13 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bisignano Art Gallery hours are 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, during the normal academic year. Summer hours vary or by appointment only. The Gallery is also open in conjunction with all major events staged in John and Alice Butler Hall. The Gallery adjoins lobby space serving Babka Theatre and John and Alice Butler Hall.

For more information on the gallery or exhibit schedule, please contact Professor Alan Garfield (, Gallery Director, at 563.589.3717 or Thomas Robbins, Heritage Center Executive Director, at 563.589.3325.