Studio Works consists of private art studios, an associates program for those not ready for a full studio, open workspace for collaborative work and educational forums. The studio space is accessible 24/7 for resident artists. The resident studios provide outstanding workspace for a multitude of creative endeavors. Web designers, painters, jewelry makers, glass workers, printmakers and other artists will find the space inspiring and functional. Associate artists have access to locked storage for their supplies as well as access to the various equipment and workspaces. All types of artwork and mediums are supported, with the open space remaining flexible. Equipment is available for residents use and for the educational programs.
We do not currently have any available studio spaces. To be put on a wait list, please contact Janice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica is a lifelong artist. At an early age, she was taught figure and portrait drawing by her grandmother. Jessica has continued to grow and learn as an artist by earning degrees in Graphic Design and Fashion Illustration from Clinton Community College and Art University San Francisco, respectively.
Jessica conveys her raw emotions of the moment through self-portraits and figural representation. Her work reflects her struggles with anxiety and agoraphobia through the movement of the figure and the evident process of its creation. Her work is heavily rooted in her connection with spirituality, nature and the psychology of human emotion.
RoseAnn graduated from Clarke University (BFA 1999). She has served as adjunct painting instructor at Clarke and also teaches classes in the area. She is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She has exhibited at Clarke, Rocco Buda Gallery, Cafe Manna Java, and the Red House Gallery. RoseAnn’s work can currently be found at the Outside the Lines Gallery. She also accepts commission work.
Amy Fuller graduated from St. Olaf College with a distinction in studio art (2008). She works in a loose, semi-representational style, attempting to capture the transient quality of her subject matter. When she’s not painting, she works as a graphic designer and writer. She enjoys beer, shamanic flight, and playing the banjo.
Alice is a diverse fine and performing artist who studied Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting, Music Performance with an emphasis in Vocals and the tuba and Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry at Clarke University from 2010-2013. Since leaving Clarke, Alice has discovered a passion for caregiving which she does part time, and she has been the director of the youth choir at her church for almost five years. She started her business, CRG Studios, in August of 2015 to incorporate all of her passions. While she still paints and writes for herself, and aspires to someday be published, she now offers custom paintings, design assistance and writing and editorial assistance for others. She also offers private music lessons for beginner piano, voice and tuba, and she offers services as a wedding and event singer. She has also discovered a new talent and passion as a photographer and offers services as a portrait and event photographer. She loves using unique angles and posing techniques to make you look your best when capturing your special moment and has found that she enjoys making scrapbooks for all of the weddings that she photographs. Alice has a vast array of interests, but they all have one thing in common: creativity.
Barbara is a signature member of the Iowa Pastel Society, and is a two-time First Place winner of the Society’s annual Member Competitions. Her work has been exhibited in Ames, Fairfield, Marion, Waterloo and Dubuque, Iowa. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and MAE from the University of Northern Iowa. Before retiring and moving to Dubuque with her husband, a native “Dubuquer,” Barbara taught creative drama at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School and Expressive Arts at the University of Northern Iowa.
“While raising a family in Waterloo, I volunteered in arts organizations, but did not create art myself. It was not until after our children left home, when I started attending art workshops and began to explore the pastel medium.
My work involves building up texture with multiple layers of pigment and using hard to buttery soft pastels. Color juxtaposition has become my primary interest. Currently, I am experimenting with watercolor and acrylic underpainting before applying pastels. Though not a native of Iowa, I am inspired by its beauty and enjoy creating regional landscapes, often including figures within those scenes.
Last August, I joined The Art Studio and feel so fortunate to work in such an interesting space and with amazing artists!”
Donna grew up in Guttenberg, Iowa and graduated from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisc., with a degree in art education. After teaching art at the junior high level for 35 years in Wisconsin and Dubuque, she is painting with a group of artists in the Art Studio. In the classroom Donna worked with a wide variety of media, both 2 and 3 dimensional, but she has always loved drawing in any media. Pastels have become her media of choice because she can draw and paint at the same time. She loves the immediacy of the medium (no drying time) and the fact that pastels lend themselves to any drawing or paintingstyle – from very loose to very controlled. Her favorite subject matter is the beautifullandscapes of the tri-state area. Donna was pleased to have two of her pastel paintings chosen for the covers of Julian’s Journal and she has work in private collections in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
Born of Latvian parents in Munich, Germany, Alda Kaufman immigrated to the U.S. in 1951. A long time resident of Dubuque, she has studied watercolor under numerous nationally know artists. Alda is a signaturemember of the Iowa Watercolor Society and has participated in many one person and group shows. Her works hang in many private and public collections throughout the country. Her work was chosen for the Grand River Center and received People’s Choice in the Roshek Building Restoration. Alda’s work was also published in the International Artist’s book “100 Ways to Paint People”.Currently her work can be found at Outside the Lines Gallery and she will be showing at the Dubuque Museum of Art during June and July of 2012.
Vickie is a photographer and designer whose motto is “what the naked eye doesn’t see.” In 2006 she went back to school at NICC where she received a 2 year General Associate Degree in 2009. Her thirst for knowledge in writing, photo journalism and communications led her to enroll at Clarke University in Dubuque where she received her BA Degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations and Advertising in 2011. She found that this was not exactly the career path she wanted. Her passion was still photography, where she had an in-depth field course during her time at Clarke, and her professor was very impressed with her work. Vickie was contacted by VIDA, an online Google Market, in August of 2015, right after she had retired from her job of almost 10 years as an FMLA Specialist at Sedgwick CMS. VIDA found her photography via social media and wanted her to collaborate with them as an artist to create her own clothing line designed from her photography. This has been Vickie’s biggest success, as her love of photography goes all the way back to the age of eight, when she received her first camera and discovered she had a knack for taking great photographs, but breaking into the photography business to make a living has been her biggest challenge because she has been limited by her subject matter. Vickie prefers to focus on capturing scenery, landscape, architecture and macro photography. Vickie uses natural lighting and elements in nature to create unique compositions with her lens to find and frame new and exciting photographs that she then envisions on her silk and knit tops, silk and cashmere scarves, tote bags, silk and cotton pocket squares and home accent pillows.
Sharon has a BA in Art from Clarke College and has attended numerous watercolor workshops by nationally recognized artists. She is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. Her works have been exhibited at the Dubuque Museum of Art, Rocca Buda and Outside the Lines Gallery. She has been included in group shows at the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, the Art Show at Dubuque &Trust and The Red House Art Gallery among others. Her works are included in many privateand corporate collections, such as the Wendt Center, Loras College, Medical Associates, and the Roshek Building in Dubuque. She painted many years with the Tuesday Group and was part of the Main Gallery. Currently she is part of The Art Studio.
Sharon has chosen watercolor for the luminous colors and fluidity of the medium. She is especially interested in the interplay of light and shadow. Her subject matter includes portraits, still lifes, landscapes and florals, with a concentration on Dubuque and the surrounding countryside. Recently Sharon has begun using oil and acrylic which she finds to be challenging and fun.
I was born in Denver, Colorado and have also lived in Oregon, California and Spain before moving to Iowa in 1995. For much of my life, I worked in mortgage banking, but in 1989, after leaving the business world, I moved to Spain for eight months with my husband, Bob. There I studied Spanish art and worked on my painting in the glorious Spanish light. After coming back to the United States, I returned to school in California to further my education in graphic design and fine art. Since moving to Dubuque, I painted for years with Dubuque’s Tuesday Group and owned The Main Gallery and Studio in Dubuque (2001-2005). I continue to paint on my own and belong to The Art Studio with other area artists.
I have had two shows at the University of Dubuque, in 1996 and 2000, the last in partnership with Connie Meester, a Dubuque poet. In 2003 I was honored to be chosen as one of the artists to hang a piece in the new Grand River Center. I’ve was also juried into the Tri-State Tri-Annual Exhibit in 2004, the Biennial Exhibits in 2007, 2009 and 2011 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. I am scheduled to have a solo exhibit of my work in December, 2012 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. My works hang in many homes, colleges and business establishments in Dubuque and other places in the U.S.A. and overseas.
Growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, I took drawing classes at the Art Institute. Those years of lessons gave me the springboard to try painting, which I’ve always done in my spare time. After earning a degree in English and Philosophy at Gustavus, my husband and I moved to Germany, where he served in the military. While there, I would take art commissions, mainly of eagles, as you can imagine. After getting my MBA at Boston University’s overseas program, I began a career in marketing. Art was always on the side, reserved for creating a special gift, or painting a landscape of a favorite scene. Now that our three girls are getting more independent, art has come back into my life in the form of a “room of one’s own” at the Schmidt Innovation Center. Landscapes have always been a favorite subject. I love to decorate and have been influenced by interior design publications such as Elle Decor and Traditional Home.
I started painting abstracts as a way to freshen a traditional room. Abstracts become part of a decorating composition. Currently, I am combining the two styles for abstract landscapes, mostly of areas around Dubuque. It’s a wonderful journey that is made all the better in the new studio!
Raised in Monticello, Iowa, Allison moved to Dubuque in 2001 after marrying her husband, where they are now raising a family of four kids. She has always loved all forms of art, even learning and practicing through her studies to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. Currently working as a nurse, Poster spends the rest of her time creating art at her studio space, and taking art classes.
Poster enjoys inspiration from amateur photography, nature and local architecture. The healing aspect of her job also provides inspiration, and her art is therapeutic for her.
Over a year ago, Susan moved to Dubuque after she and her husband, Alan retired. Susan is pursuing a lifelong dream to draw and paint and is developing her artistic vision through a studio and fine arts classes at Studio Works.
Susan prefers to make art that results from close observation of real life, especially organic forms like vegetables, fruits and flowers (her classmates kid her about her "red pepper art"). Susan loves to observe flowers, not because she's sentimental, but because she finds flowers fierce and tender all at once.
She credits Studio Works art teacher, Lisa Towers, for helping her through her fears about undertaking a demanding activity later in life and hopes to encourage fellow late bloomers who want to face down their fears and pursue their own art dreams.
I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I became interested in drawing as a child after an art teacher bestowed accolades upon me for a portrait I had drawn of him. The teacher sat in a chair before us, and we drew from life.
I continued to foster my new-found skill and no one escaped my pleas for sittings. At that young age, I had already decided that I preferred to work from life as opposed to photographs.
Although I loved drawing, it was more of a hobby than a possible profession, and when it came time to go to college, I started as a pre-med student at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. For electives, I took drawing classes. It was apparent that I excelled at art over organic chemistry. After two years, I switched schools and began majoring in filmmaking with a minor in photojournalism at the University of Miami. I graduated with honors, with a BFA in Communications and worked in the film business producing TV commercials for several years. I got married and had a son before moving back to Nashville in 1994. There, I took up painting full-time.
I studied painting with a variety of teachers through classes and workshops around the country, but found main inspiration from classical artists. However, I have also been influenced by the artwork and philosophy of the great American artist, Thomas Hart Benton. I was introduced to the work of Benton through three of his accomplished students, in particular, William F. Kautzman.
In 1997, I began to teach painting and drawing classes, as well as workshops, at Cheekwood’s Frist Learning Center in Nashville. I also produced workshops with nationally known artists. At the same time, I began serving on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Art League, and became the President of the organization in 2000. I served for only one year before my family and I moved to Thousand Oaks, California.
I taught for 7 years at the California Art Institute in Westlake Village, CA. I also taught children’s fine art classes out of my studio before moving to Dubuque, Iowa in 2012. After several years of teaching at the Dubuque Museum of Art, I now teach at Studio Works.
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