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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Arts at Clarke


The Arts at Clarke series seeks to inform, entertain, and inspire through art in all its forms. From live performances to gallery exhibits, Arts at Clarke provides a place to gather and enjoy the talents of local and national artists, musicians, performers and more. Performances are open to members of the Clarke community and the general public.


Art + Design Senior Exhibition

April 24 – May 7, 2022
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University


Music Program Ensemble Showcase

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 3 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University

Includes performances from all Clarke University Ensembles and a ceremony honoring our graduating seniors.


All Senior Art + Design Exhibition 

May 8 – 15, 2022 
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University




Teddy Swims: Tough Love World Tour

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 8 p.m.; Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University 
$15/General Admission, Free with Clarke ID 

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After dedicating his life to music, Teddy Swims—a.k.a. Atlanta native Jaten Dimsdale—unassumingly knocked on the door of stardom and claimed the payoff of a decades-long grind in 2019. Broadcasting covers from a bedroom studio, he lit up YouTube with hundreds of millions of views and a following of nearly 2 million subscribers. Teddy fashioned a show-stopping signature style out of soaring soul, intimate R&B, rock energy, and hip-hop swagger all uplifted by his earthquaking vocals. Leaving tastemakers such as American Songwriter, Billboard, Flaunt, and Idolator and idols like Shania Twain speechless, Rolling Stone christened him a 2021 “Artist To Watch.” During this time, he went from singing to a smartphone camera to serenading America on The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Teddy continues to spread his wings, unveiling his 2021 debut graphic novel, “Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song,” and hitting the road with Zac Brown Band for a series of stadium gigs. Ultimately, he took all of the lessons from a life-changing year and distilled them in his 2021 debut EP, “Unlearning.”

“I hope I can fully capture the human experience. I want my music to touch as many emotions as it can. I’m still just the same little anxiety-riddled chubby kid with a dream to be the biggest superstar in the world”


POSTPONED: Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series presents:
Lion’s Den Sessions featuring local hip-hop artist Wxlley

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Lion’s Den, Clarke University
Livestreaming available



Sophomore/Junior Art + Design Major Juried Exhibition 

January 21 – February 12, 2022
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University
Reception: February 6, 2–4 p.m.


Clarke-Loras Music Faculty Recital

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University

Solo and chamber repertoire presented by faculty artists of Clarke University and Loras College.


Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series presents: “A Night in Italy”

featuring the Clarke String Orchestra & vocalists Jeremiah Cawley & Clarke Music alumni Megan Gloss ’03, Anna Petrie ’04, and James Enzler ’04

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
6:30 p.m. – Enjoy samples of Italian cuisine
7:30 p.m. – Concert
Wahlert Atrium, Clarke University

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy Italian cuisine in the Wahlert Atrium followed by musical performances ranging from The Godfather Theme to selections from Don Giovanni, and La Boheme, in Jansen Music Hall. Clarke’s own String Orchestra, led by Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Rob Stull, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., and then featured vocalists Jeremiah Cawley and Clarke Music alumni Megan Gloss ’03, Anna Petrie ’04, and James Enzler ’04 will be accompanied by Clarke Instructor of Music and Collaborative Pianist JeeHae Ahn. 


  • Wild Mushroom Arancini with Pesto Aioli
  • Bruschetta with Tomato, Fresh Basil and Olive Oil
  • Focaccia with Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic
  • Sundried Tomato Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Chicken
  • Mini Panna Cota with Fresh Berries
  • Mini Classic Tiramisu

General admission tickets are $15

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Evolution Weekend and the Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology present:
The Posthuman in the Second Axial Period and the Rebirth of Religion

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Livestreamed via Microsoft Teams

This presentation will feature Dr. Ilia Delio, OSF, the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University as she discusses religion and evolution in the era of artificial intelligence. S. Ilia is a well-known speaker in this area and is an author of 17 books, including the award-winning The Unbearable Wholeness of Being.

She will focus on the shift in consciousness brought about by the impact of technology and mass communication, and the irony of resistance to accepting evolution despite this ongoing human development.


Clarke Wire Music: Fabulous Fridays

Friday, February 25, 2022 at Noon
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Clarke string players and pianists participate in this long-standing Dubuque performance series.


Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series presents:
Lion’s Den Sessions featuring Clarke Instructor of Music and Collaborative Pianist JeeHae Ahn

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University
Livestreaming available


Stina Joy Henslee Exhibit: You’ll Only Get Stronger  

February 14 – March 6, 2022
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University

Stina Joy Henslee is a mixed media artist and graphic designer who relocated to Dubuque in 2020 from her hometown of Chicago. Henslee’s art is focused on the juxtapositions found in everyday life, specifically the whimsical and dark, and the comic and tragic. She strives to create images that embrace the concept of magical realism by melding the everyday with the fantastic, and always with a dash of humor.


Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Presents Mary Gitau, Associate Professor of Social Work

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University

Dr. Mary Gitau is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Clarke and a two-time recipient of the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. During her lecture, Mary will share lessons learned from her extensive career in international service and how others can expand their understanding of other cultures.

“The desired result of global citizenship is to contribute to social justice, human rights, equity, diversity, and cultural engagements,” Gitau said. “Service-learning, especially at the global level, presents opportunities to work side-by-side with the local communities and to become a vehicle for enhancing human connections. It also led to increased cultural understanding and widened perspectives on societal and global issues.”

Join us as “citizens of the world” for this inspiring and engaging lecture series!


Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Presents Luke Flynn ’13
Connecting to Hollywood: Networking & Seizing Opportunity

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University

Luke will share the inspiring story of his eclectic road to Hollywood and how he’s composed music for hit movies and TV shows like “Frozen II,” “The Mandalorian,” “The Simpsons,” and others–all from his home studio in Asbury, Iowa!

Pre-lecture Social at 5:30 p.m.

In celebration of #ClarkeDay, join us prior to the lecture for a happy hour social. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar as we come together to celebrate, unite, and support all things Clarke!


Clifton Henri ‘01 Exhibit
Alumni Spotlight

March 7 – April 2, 2022
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University

Clifton Henri is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer from Chicago, IL. Henri received his bachelor’s degree from Clarke University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Henri began his professional career as an Art Director for a boutique advertising agency and transitioned to becoming a full-time independent artist. Henri now exhibits across the country with galleries and in juried art festivals. Henri’s work has been added to many public and private collections and he is consistently creating new work.


Musical Menus: On Broadway

March 31, April 1 and 2, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Wahlert Atrium, Clarke University

Ever since the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary crossed the Mississippi River, music has been a foundational part of Clarke University.  Join current Clarke musicians, alumni, faculty, and local community members for a night of Broadway music as we come together as one community through performance, conversation, and food.

Envisioned and prepared by Chef Miles Breed and Clarke University Dining Services, a menu of hors d’oeuvres and desserts will highlight locally-sourced foods. Stay tuned for word about our community partners and more details about the menu.

Price scheme:
$29.99 (Clarke Community/Guests)
$24.99 (Faculty/Staff and BVM’s)

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Art + Design Senior Exhibition

April 4 – 22, 2022 
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University


Clarke Theatre Presents
Gwen and Gwen by Nancy Kiefer

Featuring Hanna Hoftender ’22, Andrea Bednar ’74, Brenna Burgart ’17, and Traci Yeo ’14 

April 7-9, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
April 10, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University
Tickets: $10 adult/$7 senior/$5 non-Clarke student

Gwen has just been released from the home where she has been under psychiatric care. She is trying to re-establish her life, her identity, and her relationship with her estranged young children. After the social worker who has provided emotional support during the last year leaves her dingy apartment, a disturbing side of Gwen appears as a separate character. In a tour de force for two actresses, Gwen’s alter ego torments and goads her toward self-destruction. Spiced with dark humor, this psychological drama is a captivating evening of theatre.


High School/Collegiate Music Day Performance

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University

High school choristers, orchestral musicians, and wind ensemble players perform alongside Clarke Collegiate Singers, String Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.

Know a high school student that would like to participate in the High School/Collegiate Music Day? Click here


Clarke Fest!

Saturday, April 30, 2022
Atrium Front Lawn

Dubuque’s best block party returns to Clarke Drive on April 30 with the 2nd annual Clarke Fest! Capping off our One Clarke, One Community Week, Clarke Fest is an outdoor festival and celebration open to all. From 4-8 p.m. on the Atrium Front Lawn, enjoy music and art from local and national performers. You can even grab a bite to eat, as some of Dubuque’s favorite food trucks will be visiting the neighborhood. This event is co-sponsored by Arts at Clarke, Clarke Activities Board, & Clarke Student Association.




Doors generally open 30 minutes prior to performances, unless noted otherwise. Admission to all drama department events begins 45 minutes prior to curtain. Seats for all events are general admission. Times and dates are subject to change.