Bisignano Art Gallery’s Latest Exhibit is “Ali Hval: Guilt, Enamel”

Oct 12, 2020 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A mural and oversized sculptures redefines University of Dubuque’s Bisignano Art Gallery this month with the art gallery’s latest exhibit, “Ali Hval: Guilt, Enamel.”

“The show’s title, like the imagery involved, show the artist’s sense of humor and love of puns. The work has been called, variously, oversized and decorative door knockers or very large earrings. In truth, these large sculptures are neither and a bit of both,” said Alan Garfield, director of the art gallery.

“Ali Hval: Guilt, Enamel” is free to the public. The exhibit is opened through Sunday, Oct. 30, in the art gallery, Heritage Center, 2255 Bennett St.

Hval, who lives in Iowa City, received her master of fine arts in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in 2019. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation. An avid muralist, Hval has completed over 14 public murals and projects across the Midwest.

“My current work spotlights how I establish relationships with the sheer amount of stuff I encounter and how I absorb those encounters with my own sensibilities,” Hval said.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. Until further notice, no more than 10 patrons are allowed in the gallery at one time. Patrons should wear a face covering.

New this year, each exhibit will also be displayed virtually with photos, artists’ statements, and video tours. Patrons can visit “Ali Hval: Guilt, Enamel” virtually at