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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.


Louise Kames Sabbatical Exhibition: I Don’t See Anything That’s Not Beautiful 

November 10 – December 11
Reception: Sunday, November 21,
2-4 p.m. CST

Quigley Gallery, Clarke University  

Professor of Art Louise Kames explores the intricacies and hidden elements of beauty in everyday objects through this mixed media exhibition. 


For a Blessed Christmas Program 

Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. CST
Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m. CST
Sacred Heart Chapel, Clarke University

Celebrate the Advent season with featured violin soloist, Ann Duchow, and the Clarke University ensembles. This touching portrayal of the Christmas story through musical and Biblical narrative is an annual tradition here in Dubuque.

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Prior 2021 Events

Selected Prints from the Daniel Weitz Collection 

August 23 – September 19
Quigley Gallery, Clarke University

From bold, colorful prints to intricate wood carvings, screen printing, and more, this exhibit showcases how a collection can speak to many different aspects of one’s personality.


Marcus DeJesus Faculty Guitar Recital

Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. CST
Jansen Music Hall – Clarke University 

Like the master Andres Segovia once said “the guitar is like a miniature orchestra.” This recital will feature Andrew York’s Lumina Suite where the guitar will be tuned like a lute. In addition, standard repertoire such as Recuerdos de La Alhambra by Tarrega, La Catedral by Agustin Barrios, and other works by Villa-Lobos and Isaac Albeniz will also be performed. 


Behind the Scenes:
An Exhibition of Theatrical Design Work of Ellen Gabrielleschi and Bob Neuman 

September 25 – October 9
Reception: Saturday, September 25,
1-3 p.m. CST

Quigley Gallery, Clarke University  

Join us in celebrating the artistic achievements and contributions of an amazing design team.  


Clarke Alumni Welcome Concert 

Saturday, September 25 at 3 p.m. CST
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University 

This in-person and live-streamed event features Clarke student, faculty, and alumni performers. This performance is a wonderful tribute to our musical community: past, present, and future. 

Link for Livestream: (10) Alumni Welcome Concert – YouTube 


Alumni Staged Reading of
Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell 

Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST
Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University 

With alumni performers reprising their roles, this play tells the story of World War II from the point of view five women left behind to wait and to work for their men.  

Advanced registration for livestream required: 


An Evening with Josh Ritter

September 29 at 7:30 p.m. CST 
(Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University  

Josh Ritter is a singer/songwriter who has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen by critics and fans alike. He is known for his Americana style and narrative storytelling and was named one of Paste magazine’s “100 Greatest Living Songwriters.”  

In an effort to protect the health of everyone participating in this event, Josh Ritter requests that attendees be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have had a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the performance. Masks will be required to be worn by anyone inside the venue.  

Tickets: Free/students & employees, $20/person for general admission 


Autumnal Offering


Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. CST
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University  

Join us for our mid-semester ensemble concert to hear Collegiate Singers, Cantabile, String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.


Best Intentions 

Featuring Nate Ditzler, Visiting Professor of Art
October 16 – November 6 
Reception: Sunday, October 24
3-4:30 p.m. CST

Quigley Gallery, Clarke University 

Through ceramic forms and mixed media elements, Nate Ditzler integrates minimalist aesthetic with nuances of humor to bring lightheartedness to the foibles, anxieties, banalities, and joy found in everyday life. 


Fall Collegiate Jazz Night 

November 10 at 7 p.m.
7 Hills Brewery, Dubuque, IA 

Collegiate jazz ensembles from Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque will perform on the 7Hills stage. Join us for music, food, and fun! All ages are welcome.


Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series Presents:

Lion’s Den Sessions with Kate Meyrick 

Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Lions’ Den, Mary Benedict Hall,
Clarke University


 Join us for a night of music with Kate Meyrick! Kate is the Contemporary Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church and a graduate student at University of Dubuque. 



Fall Studio & New Music Recital 

Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. CST
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University 

Hear performances and original compositions by current Clarke students. 


Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series Presents John Moe

Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m. CST
Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University 

Join author and podcaster John Moe in a night of humor and insight aimed at breaking down stigmas around mental health. Pulling from his popular podcasts “The Hilarious World of Depression” and “Depresh Mode,” Moe expertly blends humor with open and honest conversations around mental health and depression. 

Tickets: Free/students & employees, $10/person for general admission 

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Almost, Maine by John Cariani 

November 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. CST
November 21 at 2 p.m.  CST
Terence Donaghoe Hall, Clarke University 

Explore love and loss in this series of nine short plays in a mythical almost-town, Almost, Maine. 

Tickets: $10 adult/$7 senior/$5 non-Clarke student 



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.