Bisignano Art Gallery

2015-16 Exhibit Schedule

August 24 (Monday) – September 26 (Saturday):

John August Swanson: Passion of Color.

Paintings and serigraphs from this California artist featuring the collection of
Dubuque collector, Janaan Manternach. 28 page catalog by Alan Garfield, Director of the Bisignano Art Gallery.

Note: Illustrated lecture by collector Janaan Manternach - The Work of John August Swanson, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 6-7pm at Babka Theatre across from the Bisignano Art Gallery. Limited seating.

Reception: September 26; 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

September 29 (Monday) – October 30 (Friday):

Ahead of the Curve: 100 Years of the Afro-American Experience at UD.

In time for Homecoming 2015, an historical review of the Afro-American

experience at UD starting from Sol Butler in the early part of the 20th century.

This show, based on research conducted by faculty and students, is from the UD Archives and interviews with UD alumni. Curated by Brian Hallstoos, Assistant Professor of History and Jonathan Helmke, Assistant Director for Library and Technical Services. Accompanied by catalog.

Reception during Homecoming: October 16; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

November 2 (Monday) – November 27 (Friday):

UD Student International Photography Exhibition.

Held in conjunction with the International Studies Office, Phyllis Garfield Director, this exhibition marks our 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 third annual photography invitational open to all students who have studied outside of the United States sometime during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Stop by to see the places our students have gone and the subjects they reflected upon. This is a competition with monetary awards, thanks to a gift from an an anonymous alumnus.

Reception and Awards: November 12; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

November 30 (Monday) - December 31 (Thursday):

Two Person Exhibit: Judith Crandall (class 1969) and Eric Nie (class of 2015).

This is an exhibition of juxtapositions. Crandall paints in washes, copper, oil pigments on glass and other multimedia platforms. Nie photographs (digitally) the land that he works on, mostly in the Balltown area of N. Dubuque.

Opposite in age and media, they share a respect – almost spiritual – of the land and people on the land. Abstract vs. realism. Painting vs. photography. But not old vs. young; their reflective love of Iowa and of UD shine through in the work of these two very different graduates from UD.

Reception: December 4; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

January 4 (Monday) – January 29 (Friday):

3rd Annual Juried Dubuque High School Art Exhibit.

This is a very unique show and a favorite in the community. For here, art
teachers at Senior High School, Walhert High School and Hempstead High School jury the best from their classes to be in this show.

In its third year, the impressive visuals by these young people are quite exciting during usually an otherwise drab, cold January. Avant-garde in our schools, surely.

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

February 8 (Monday) – February 26 (Friday):

Experiencing JTerm: Snaps of JTerm 2016.

UD started its intensive JTerm tradition five 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 educational moment in time. In classes, in London, at the Dubuque Homeless Shelter, at 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: TBA

February 29 (Monday) – March 31  (Thursday):

Salvador Dalí: Twelve Signs of the Zodiac.

This exhibition, curated by Alan Garfield and organized by his Museum Studies course at UD, focuses on the 1967 lithographs produced by famed Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dalí.

The works, on loan from the Dubuque Museum of Art, turn the Bisignano Art Gallery into an artistic, if not surrealistic,  astrological art chart. Catalo

Reception: March 9; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.



April 9 (Saturday) – April 21 (Thursday):


In My Backyard: Snapshot of UD Students 

This exhibit, organized by Student Life and the Bisignano Art Gallery, is as much a sociological survey as an art show. While the University of Dubuque nestles neatly on the Mississippi River at the confluence of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, the student body is anything but reflective of Midwestern homogeneity.  We are diverse at UD and one way to view this diversity is, literally, through our ‘backyards’. This show will feature interviews, and pictures of students’ backyards. We will get to know the students in this rather unique way. The show will be on display Saturday, April 9 – Friday, April 15, 2016,

Reception: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, prior to Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series event: SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson.


April 22 (Friday) – April 29 (Friday):

The EDGE Exhibition.

In its 12th 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 or websites or printed material 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.. As part of APEX, this show should not be missed.

Reception (part of APEX): April 26; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


May 2 (Monday) – May 14 (Saturday):

CGIM Senior Thesis Exhibition.

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.

Reception: May 14; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Noon)


Bisignano Art Gallery hours are 12:00 to 5:30 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.