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Alan GarfieldAlan Garfield

Alan Garfield is director of the Bisignano Art Gallery and chair of the Digital Art and Design Department.  Most students who are not in his department know him as “that guy” who takes students to Europe on short-term study trips. He came to UD 19 years ago after teaching at UW-Madison.  One thing he enjoys most about being the director of the Bisignano Art Gallery is the number of partnerships that are formed throughout the year.  Alan arranges exhibits that focus on specific academic departments – academic departments that normally might not think of themselves as gallery-worthy – such as sociology, English, criminal justice, math, natural and applied sciences, philosophy, and history as well as the Dubuque community. The gallery becomes a learning lab for the museum studies classes that he teaches. Students assist in every aspect of preparing for a show, hanging, lighting, communication, catalog preparation etc. When Alan is not hard at work on campus or traveling, you can find him enjoying a cup of coffee with his wife, Phyllis, on their deck.  Alan’s performing arts colleagues salute him on a job well done keeping the art gallery in tip-top condition with excellent exhibits.

Family Series Season Tickets
family seriesBring the whole family to spend Sunday afternoons (and one Saturday) with Sleeping Beauty, Junie B. Jones, Snow White, Stuart Little, and our friends from the Magic School Bus.
Hurry…there’s only a couple weeks left to subscribe!  Season ticket packages on sale through November 11.
Season Ticket Family Package
All 5 shows only $149.00!
Admits 2 adults and 2 children per show.
* Individual Family Series subscriptions also available
Family 4-Pack
4 tickets package only $39.00!
Admits 2 adults and 2 children to a single show.

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To purchase, visit the Farber Box Office or call 563.585.SHOW.


Upcoming Performing Arts Series Events
BrassFriday, November 9, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
"Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love"


This narrated multi-media program is one of Big Brass’ most popular concerts around the United States. With a core message of love and unity, this concert is an uplifting and joyful celebration of life and our shared humanity. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. On the advice of Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create connection between the audience and performers. They’re a group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture.  The Western Dubuque High School Band (Michael Omarzu, director) serve as special guests.
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BeautySunday, November 11, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
Sleeping Beauty
Performed by Virginia Repertory Theatre


This musical adaptation from the original story by Charles Perrault follows the plot of the traditional fairy tale, but it adds delightful surprises and comic situations. The Fairies’ wondrous gifts to the child are given until a single invitation to the party is missed. A prick on the spinning wheel will take its toll on the kingdom. Will destroying all the spinning wheels be enough to save the king’s daughter? Find out as this tale illustrates that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and true goodness is found only in a loving heart.
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WonderFriday, November 16, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Pat Hazell's The Wonder Bread Years

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years, starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer and The Tonight Show regular), is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country have enjoyed this show which restores a much-needed sense of wonder, leaving audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere. Jerry Seinfeld calls it “Milk-snorting funny!” and the Los Angeles Times boasts “Pure Unpasteurized Nostalgia.”
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ChristmasFriday, November 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Christmas at Heritage Center
Break Forth, O Beauteous Light: An Evening of Lessons and Carols


In its sixth year, UD’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts celebrates the birth of Christ through this annual Advent concert presentation featuring the talents of the UD Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Choir, directed by Kristen Eby, assistant professor of music, and the Ken Kilian Brass Ensemble from Platteville, Wisconsin.  University of Dubuque president, Jeffrey F. Bullock, will narrate the evening. Titled Break Forth, O Beauteous Light: An Evening of Lessons and Carols, the concert will follow the traditional readings heard at King’s College in Cambridge, England, Christmas Eve service. The narrative correlates directly with choral texts and instrumental pieces chosen to tell the story of Christ’s birth in a seamless performance. Selections will include new arrangements of holiday favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “Mary, Did You Know,” and “We Three Kings.”

Snowdate: Saturday, December 1, 2:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, watch the performance live on Facebook at or hear broadcasts on KDTH (AM 1370) at 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and 1:00 p.m. Christmas Day.

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Other November Events

MrBurnsFriday, November 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
(Special Performance for UD Community - FREE | No Ticket Required)
Saturday, November 3, 2018| 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4, 2018| 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Burns, a post electric play by Anne Washburn

Shortly after an unspecified apocalyptic event, a group of survivors gather together and begin to attempt to recount the episode "Cape Feare" of the television show The Simpsons. The second act picks up with the same group seven years later, who have now formed a theatrical troupe that specializes in performing Simpsons episodes, with commercials and all. The final act is set an additional 70 years in the future. The same episode of The Simpson’s, now a familiar myth, has been reworked into a musical pageant, with the story, characters, and morals repurposed to fit the artistic and dramatic needs of a culture still reeling from destruction of civilization and the near-extinction of humanity decades earlier.
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*No ticket required for UD performance November 2

KnappWednesday, November 14, 2018 | 9:00 p.m.
Open Mic Night

Students will perform songs, theatre pieces, improv comedy, and much more. Wednesday Night Jam is sponsored by the UD Drama Club.

FREE | No Ticket Required

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JunieBSunday, December 2, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
Junie B. in Jungle Bells, Batman Smells!

Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. 

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HawkinsSaturday, December 8, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Tim Hawkins

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny. YouTube sensation and popular comic coming to Heritage Center for the first time ever. Also featured will be guest comic Jonnie W.

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divider2.gifCharles and Elizabeth Bisignano Art Gallery Events

PhotographyNovember 1-7, 2018
6th Annual International Photography Exhibition

UD students, staff, and faculty go away. That’s what they do. They travel to eat; they travel to see art; they travel to meet new people. And, thankfully, they all travel with their cameras. This exhibition, supported in part by a grant from Apollo Travel in Chicago, displays over 150 images from around the world taken and submitted by our University community. This exhibit is part of the Office of International Studies’ week long celebration highlighting international education.

Reception: November 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (International Education Week at Heritage)


ValorNovember 9-26, 2018
Quilts of Valor

It is our honor to display the work of the Breezy Ridge Quilts of Valor Quilters for the second time in the Bisignano Art Gallery. This group of 20 women have been quietly creating these amazing visual tributes in honor of our servicemen, past and present. Veterans and military personnel including Thomas Felderman, William Felderman, Stephen Johnson, Leo Kringle, Daniel A. Loewen, Brendan Quann, Ruben Roberts, Julie A. Schulte, Ron Silver, and LeRoy J. Timmerman will be presented with quilts at a recognition ceremony on November 9, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. prior to Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass “Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love”


GalleryNovember 28 - December 31, 2018
Fiber and Figure: Karen Rafferty and Miles Turner

The work of two Midwest artists are highlighted in the December show at the Bisignano. Karen Rafferty, from Omaha, NE, loves fiber and nature. You can feel it in her welcoming wall-hangings. Miles Turner, from Dubuque, IA, combines whimsy, abstraction and energy to elevate the line at the cost of the figure.
Reception:  December 8, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. prior to comedian Tim Hawkins

FREE | No Ticket Required


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