Chair and Professor of Art
BA, Clarke University
MA, University of Illinois
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Louise Kames holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and art history from Clarke University. She is a professor of art at Clarke University where she chairs the Art and Art History Department.
In 1998 Kames received the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching at Clarke University.
Recent artwork includes drawings of transitory organic imagery, roots and leaves arranged in an iconic manner as well as installations honoring personal history that present the viewer with meditative spaces. Kames is attracted to the flux between life's fullness and death. She experiences a sense of awe in unexpected places; in her artwork the experience is translated to formal arrangements that draw the viewer into that act of attention.
Her drawings, print and installation-based work is exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at The Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA, The Dubuque Museum of Art, Central College, Pella, Simpson College, Indianola, IA, Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI, The Quad City International Airport Gallery, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, IA, Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery, Pella, IA, and the Sioux City Art Center. She is a regular participant in regional, national and international juried exhibitions.
Kames enjoys the creative and cultural exchange offered at artist residencies. She has worked at Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland; Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada; Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL; Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA; and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
She serves on the City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Affairs Commission and the Art of the River Committee. Kames was a Membership Coordinator for the Southern Graphics Council from 2003 to 2009.