Bisignano Art Gallery’s Latest Exhibit is “In Place”

Jan 19, 2021 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Four women artists from Iowa who work in different styles and media are featured in Bisignano Art Gallery’s current exhibit, “In Place,” on the University of Dubuque campus.

Dorian Dean works in assemblages of found objects, Danielle Fisher creates over life-size paintings, Hannah Givler bases her architectural works on an interest in architecture and fiber, and Hilary Nelson turns discarded or used materials into works that resemble a forgotten culture.

“In Place” is free to the public. The exhibit is open through Friday, January 29, in the art gallery, Heritage Center, 2255 Bennet Street.

“The issue of representation of the object in art is typically not a controversy. Our shows tend to endorse and reinforce the modernism of the early 20th century. Avant-garde movements quickly became the mainstay in art school curricula and thus could be seen in students’ works. The art that is usually displayed often reinforces the fact that Aristotle’s mimesis was never exactly abandoned,” said Alan Garfield, director of the art gallery. “But not in this show. In the context of postmodernism, the works break with old representation and interpretation in a shift away from commentary and explanation. Presentation and the role of objects rule independently. Some of these works are cool and gratuitous while others are just dripping with emotional angst.”

Gallery hours are noon to 5:00 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. Face coverings are required.

New this year, each exhibit will also be displayed virtually with photos, artists’ statements, and video tours. Patrons can visit “In Place” virtually at