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Bisignano Art Gallery Exhibit Showcases UD Student, Faculty, and Staff Photographs

By Stacey Ortman

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The newest exhibition at the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery gives patrons an opportunity to travel without leaving the gallery.

"International Photo Exhibit: Photos by UD Students, Staff, and Faculty" showcases 180 submitted photographs taken in Cuba, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The exhibit is free and open to the public through Friday, February 24, 2023, in Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett Street.

The photographs were taken during study abroad experiences. UD offers the unique opportunity to study abroad through over 100 programs in over 25 countries. Affordable short-term, summer, and semester-long study abroad programs are offered via faculty committed to international education, the Department of Athletics, and partnership programs.

"Our international study opportunities really span the globe. I feel honored to take students, often from small towns in Iowa, and introduce them to the architecture of Greece or the paintings in the Louvre. Faculty who are experienced in various countries and who speak the language introduce students in this short-term format in a way that no book, blog, or video can. It is amazing to see students' faces as we turn the corner and they see the Parthenon on the sun-drenched Acropolis in Athens. I actually had one student drop to the ground and shout, 'I can't believe I am here seeing this.' Let me tell you, the effect is also felt by us professors. Surely it is extra work, loads of work, and we are on duty 24/7, but it is so worthwhile. After students graduate, they often come on the international experiences as alumni," said Alan Garfield, MA, director of the art gallery and professor emeritus.

A free pre-show reception for "International Photo Exhibit: Photos by UD Students, Staff, and Faculty" will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, in the art gallery. The reception will take place in conjunction with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to the performance, please visit

Gallery hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. The art gallery is also open in conjunction with all major events in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center.

"International Photo Exhibit: Photos by UD Students, Staff, and Faculty" is also available virtually at