CLARKE STUDENTS WIN ART COMPETITION
The art scene in Dubuque has always been strong, but has shown some incredible growth in recent years. Historically, the art scene at Clarke has been both a contributor to that success, and also a beneficiary. A clear illustration of this cultural collaboration of school and community is the Voices from the Warehouse event. Voices is a month-long art exhibit with multiple cultural events held in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District.
On September 14, Clarke art students, Emily Cram and Kayla Damisch participated in Voices' ART SLAM event. ART SLAM is a competition among teams of 2-3 art students from area colleges who are provided a blank canvas and given 90 minutes to produce "a work of art". For this first-time event, the two Clarke artists teamed up against their peers from Loras College, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The winning team would receive a $1,000 scholarship, awarded by event sponsors Dubuque Museum of Art and Premier Bank.
Filling the re-purposed 15,000 square foot gallery was a large, cheering crowd of local art patrons, community leaders, neighbors and, of course, students from each school. The Clarke team enjoyed strong support from their art faculty, several other faculty and staff, many friends and even some of Clarke’s trustees. Eventually, "time" was called and some last strokes were quickly applied.
A three-member panel of judges stepped in to carefully assess each piece. After 15 minutes, they whispered their decision to Mark Wahlert, director of the Dubuque Museum of Art. Finally, the team from Clarke University was announced as the inaugural winner of ART SLAM.
Clarke University has a long history of producing impact-creating students. ART SLAM was the kind of event able to demonstrate the real impact Clarke's art students have had, and will continue to have, on a community and its art culture.