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

Spring 2021 Return to Campus Information
COVID-19 Communication

Arts @ Clarke


February 7 – March 6

Sophomore/Junior Juried Art Exhibition

Quigley Gallery

Featuring art from Diego Arenas, Catherine Pike, Parker Lippstock, Jesser Hernandez, Kaitlyn Jones, Bree Hernandez, Owen Meyer, Megan Lenane, Susan Whitcher, Carsie Walker, Jake Persenico

March 15 – April 10

Talent Outside the Lines: Art by Clarke’s Non-Major Students

Quigley Gallery

March 22

Climate Change and Catholicism: Climate Justice as Essential to Catholic Mission

Schemmel Endowed Lecture in Theology Presented by Daniel R. DiLeo, Creighton University

7 p.m.

Daniel R. DiLeo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program at Creighton University. His research and scholarship focus on Catholic social teaching and climate change with particular focus on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. Since 2009, he has been a consultant with Catholic Climate Covenant of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a founding member. Dr. DiLeo earned his PhD in theological ethics from Boston College.

The Archbishop of Dubuque, Michael Jackels, will offer a response to Dr. DiLeo.

Join virtually

March 24

Lion’s Den Session

Live streamed event
7 p.m.

Maxwell McNett ’12 & Marcus DeJesus ’14

Watch live

March 26 & 27

Musical Menus

Journey 1843: A virtual Musical Menus event

7 p.m.

March 30

Clarke High School/Collegiate Music Day

Live streamed event
7 p.m.

Featuring Clarke ensembles and select high school students.

April 13

Lion’s Den Session

Live streamed event
7 p.m.

Anthony Capparelli

April 19 – May 15

Senior Graphic Design Exhibition

Quigley Gallery

Maggie Christiansen, Nick Miller, Mariah Pellino

April 21

New Music & Studio Recital

Live streamed event
7 p.m.

Featuring new works by composition students and performances by students enrolled in applied lessons.

April 22-25


By Heather Meyer ’03

Terence Donaghoe Hall
April 22-24: 7:30 p.m.
April 25: 2:30 p.m.

Otherworld is an exciting new play exploring the mythic love story of Eurydice and Orpheus, written by 2003 Clarke alum and Minneapolis playwright Heather Meyer. This Clarke Theatre production is the culmination of the year-long Otherworld New Play Development Project, which documented Meyer’s process of creating this new dramatic text.

May 1


2-7 p.m.

An outdoor spring festival celebrating music, art and Clarke campus culture! ClarkeFest will feature live musical performances from Clarke’s own CU Jazz and Melos ensembles, live encore musical performances of the 2020-2021 Lion’s Den Sessions live-streaming guests, an electric performance by speed painter Mike Debus, and plenty of fun activities sponsored by an array of Clarke’s student organizations.

May 8

Clarke Ensemble Showcase

Live streamed event
7 p.m.

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


Sally Kohn

Vision of a Less Divisive Election

Mackin-Mailander Lecture

Sally Kohn is an accomplished author, political commentator, and CNN contributor. During her lecture, she will take aim at the upcoming Presidential election and share her vision of a more unified America.

Note: This lecture has been postponed until Spring 2021

The Arts

The Arts at Clarke series features performers, lecturers, musicians, dancers, poets, and writers from across the country and around the world. We have hosted such talents as Thompson Square, Maya Angelou, Andy Grammer, Javier Colon, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Step Afrika!

We pride ourselves in attracting top professional talent to both teach and perform. Major programs of study are available in art, graphic design, music, and music education.

Javier Colon performing at Clarke
Javier Colon, The Voice Season One winner, performs at Clarke.


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.