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March 27, 2008
University of Dubuque Celebrates the Arts

The University of Dubuque will host its fourth annual spring arts series of events titled The Character of Art; The Art of Character in a month-long celebration of the arts, March 25 - April 29. This year's theme is "Art Unraveled: The Values of Art". This year's featured artists, poet Eamonn Wall and artist Carl Johnson will be on campus as part of this enjoyable and educational week of celebrating the relationship between art and character.

Eamonn Wall is the author of four collections of poetry: Refuge at DeSoto Bend (2004), The Crosses (2000), Iron Mountain Road (1997), and Dyckman-200th St. (1994), all published in Ireland by Salmon Publishing. His collection of literary and personal essays, From the Sin-É Café to the Black Hills, University of Wisconsin Press, 2000, received the Michael J. Durkan Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies for best book published in the fields of language and literature in 2000.

Poetry Ireland Review has said of Eamonn's work: "His poems are charged with a thoroughly contemporary and a profoundly literary awareness of what it means to be Irish, and a writer, in America".

Eamonn was born and raised in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland and now lives in St. Louis, where he is the Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Carl Johnson's interest in art and his early talent have shaped his life. He holds a BFA in design from the University of Illinois/Champaign and became a commercial artist in the metro Chicago area. In 1970 he moved to Galena, Illinois to paint full time. Galena's Historic District has greatly inspired him in developing his pen-and-ink and watercolor technique to record historic architecture. Carl has received commissions from the University to do watercolors of campus buildings.

In 1977 Carl published The building of Galena: An Architectural Legacy, including 15 watercolor illustrations.

Since 1985 Carl has had the privilege of leading sketch trips for University of Illinois Architectural students in Europe. Each April he enjoys introducing watercolor techniques to a new group of students.

As a location painter, Carl now travels broadly, continuously being inspired by the beauty and diversity of our world. His subject matter has expanded through the years to include sweeps of landscape and single blossoms, as well as cityscapes new and old.

Events throughout the week feature involvement by both the College and Seminary including the UDTS John P. Woods Distinguished Lecture; a Hymn Festival at Wartburg Seminary; two student art exhibits - The Edge and The Word Became Flesh (John 1:14), Articulate, a student art and literary magazine; gallery talks by UD students on their original artwork and literary creations; comedy performances; concerts by the University of Dubuque band and choir; and a tour of local Dubuque Museums. The series of events will conclude with a worship service featuring The Urban Experience and the UD Gospel Choir.

"On behalf of the University of Dubuque Arts Committee, I would like to welcome you to this year's Arts Celebration events," stated Mike Willis, University multimedia specialist and this year's project director of the events. "We're honored to host our keynote speakers, poet Eamonn Wall and artist Carl Johnson, and excited about the opportunity to have them on campus and for the valuable contributions they will make to this year's events. We're also fortunate to welcome the Executive Director of the Dubuque Museum of Art, Dr. Edwin Ritts, Jr., as he kicks off the events on Friday, April 11."

"We're thankful to those on the arts committee for their time and direction as well as for those across campus who help make the event a success, especially the support of the Office of the President and the Wendt Center for Character Education. Once again, we welcome you this year's events and we hope you can come celebrate the arts as we "unravel" the value of art together!

All events are free and open to the public.

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**Please see event listing for details.**

Character of Art * Art of Character ~ "Art Unraveled: The Values of Art"

Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Robert Johnston, Speaker
UDTS John P. Woods Distinguished Lecture in Religion and Culture
Blades Auditorium

Wednesday, March 26, 11:00 a.m.
Robert Johnston, Speaker
UDTS John P. Woods Distinguished Lecture in Religion and Culture
Blades Auditorium

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Hymn Festival: Seeing
Wartburg Seminary Chapel

Wednesday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
The Spartaneous Comedy Crew ~ A Spartaneous Performance
Alumni Hall

Saturday, April 5, 8:00 p.m.
The Spartaneous Comedy Crew ~ A Spartaneous Performance
Alumni Hall

Friday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.
The Edge, Student CGIM Art Show
Articulate, Student Art and Literary Magazine
Edwin Ritts, Jr. (Dubuque Museum of Art) Speaker
Alumni Hall

Friday, April 11-25
"And The Word Became Flesh" (John 1:14)
UDTS Art Show
Charles C. Myers Library

Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Snoopy: The Musical
Blades Auditorium

Monday, April 14,
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Gallery Talks
Sylvia's Common Ground

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
Panel Presentation, Values of Art
Panelists: Susan Farber, Alice Oleson, Jim Sherry, Lyle Vander Broek
Moderator: Paula Carlson
Couchman Reading Room, Charles C. Myers Library

Wednesday, April 16, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Gallery Crawl, begins at Dubuque Museum of Art

Thursday, April 17, 10:00-12:00 noon & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Gallery Talks, Sylvia's Common Ground

Friday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Band Concert, The Art of Dance
Blades Auditorium

Saturday, April 19, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
The Pickle Patch Bath Tub, performed by the Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company
Blades Auditorium

Sunday, April 20, 3:00 p.m.
Band Concert, Spanish Tinge
Blades Auditorium

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Carl Johnson, Artist
Couchman Reading Room, Charles C. Myers Library

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Eamonn Wall, Poet
Couchman Reading Room, Charles C. Myers Library

Friday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
UD Concert Choir
Blades Auditorium

Sunday, April 27, 3:00 p.m.
UD Concert Choir
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Tuesday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.
College/Seminary Worship Service, featuring The Urban Experience and the UD Gospel Choir