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Loras College, Dubuque Museum of Art Showcase 20th Century Women Artists

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DUBUQUE, Iowa --- The Loras College Arts and Culture Series is proud to present, "A Passion for Color: American Women Printmakers, 1895-1965," in conjunction with the Dubuque Museum of Art. The show will run from Aug. 18 through Nov. 8, 2009, with an opening reception held on Sept. 11, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A panel discussion is slated for Oct. 10, 2009. Admission to the showcase is free and open to the public.

This exhibition will showcase the work of 20th century women printmakers, many of whom, like their male counterparts, devoted their entire careers to explorations within this art form. The work to be exhibited is made up of color prints in all print media, including intaglios, woodblocks, lithographs and screen prints. 

Innovations by women printmakers contributed significantly to all phases of the development of color printmaking techniques in America during the first half of the 20th century. From Mary Cassatt's early experiments in color intaglio to June Wayne's lasting legacy in lithography, these women fueled much of the development in the field. This exhibition surveys these achievements through 60 prints from the collection of Belverd and Marian Needles of Winnetka, Ill.

The pieces can be appreciated not only for their artistic merit, but also for their historical, religious and social commentary as well. Throughout most of the 20th century, it was the male artists who received much of the acclaim within the art world. This show presents a rare glimpse of the art of women, equally hardworking, equally dedicated. 

The Loras College Arts and Culture series will be partnering with various organizations to feature a year of interesting programs and events. The Loras Alumni Arts Festival will be held Sept. 25-27, during Homecoming weekend, showcasing the fine and performance art of current and former faculty, current students and alumni. On Nov. 13, Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander will present her play "Farmscape." Finally, in April 2010, the Arts and Culture Series will host, "The Depression and Dubuque: Hidden Treasures from Dubuque's Depression Era," as well as, "The Changing Hero for the Modern Audience."

For more information about the Loras College Arts and Culture Series, please contact Valorie Woerdehoff at (563) 588-7565.

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