Charles & Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery

2018-19 Schedule

DART Summer Student Exhibition (UD for Kids)

May 21 – August 17, 2018

UD Digital Art and Design Department

Kachina: The Ancestral Spirit

August 20 – September 28, 2018

Part of Worldview I (UD’s First Year Experience) and the Wendt Scholars’ 2018-19 theme of “boundless compassion.”  The works are part of the Bobbi Wertheimer Collection which was gifted to UD.

Reception: September 21, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. (Chicago Dance Crash “Bricklayers of Oz”)

UD Homecoming Alumni Show

October 2 – 31, 2018

All alums are invited to submit work for display for Homecoming. All media considered.      

Reception: October 26, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. (Evening with Lonestar) 

6th Annual International Photography Exhibition

November 1 – 7, 2018

Reception: November 6, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (International Education Week at Heritage)

Quilts of Valor

November 9 – 26, 2018

Babka Theatre Ceremony November 9, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass “Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love”)

Fiber and Figure: Karen Rafferty and Miles Turner

November 28 – December 31, 2018

Reception December 8, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. (Comedian Tim Hawkins)

Dubuque High School Juried Art Show

January 7 – 31, 2019

Always a popular community exhibit at the Bisignano, this unique show highlights works by our Dubuque high school students. The works are juried by the students’ art teachers themselves at Dubuque Senior High School, the Alternative Learning Center, Hempstead High School and Wahlert High School. What is always so surprising is that the works in this show by these young artists are, in fact, so surprising.

Reception January 24, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Escaping the Darkness: Photography by Mark Neyens

February 4 – 28, 2019

This unique show contains over 500 4x6 inch black and white pictures made by the artist from 2017 – 2018. The exhibit, subtitled “a photographic journey through confronting depression”, opens an important conversation between art and brain health.

Reception February 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Focus: Jean Holdener & James Cullen

March 4 – 29, 2019

The University of Dubuque has grown considerably in the last decade and we’ve established a new tradition – focusing on faculty work in various departments. This two-person show features the watercolors, paintings and digital designs of two Digital Art and Design faculty members, Professors Jean Holdener and James Cullen.

Reception March 23, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. (prior to Unni Boksasp of Norway)

The EDGE Exhibition: DART Student Show

April 2 – 27, 2019

Every DART (Digital Art and Design) student – majors and minors - submits one work for this show that focuses on the fine arts of computer-mediated design. This is the aesthetic portion of APEX, UD’s celebration of student excellence.

Reception April 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with APEX

DART Senior Thesis Exhibition

May 1 – 18, 2019

In partial fulfillment of the BS in Digital Art and Design, students submit their final visual projects with thesis statements in this show. The closing reception, popular with relatives of the graduating students, is on graduation day. Print media, presentation graphics, 2D and 3D animation, and web development.

Reception May 18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  in conjuction with UD Commencement

UD for Kids Summer 2019 Exhibit

May 20 – August 23, 2019


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.