Clarke University Professor of Art Louise Kames, MFA has earned an Iowa Artist Fellowship from the Iowa Arts Council for 2021. She is one of five Iowa artists to receive a $10,000 grant honoring her contribution to the arts.
I’m honored to receive an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the Iowa Arts Council and to represent the Dubuque and Clarke University arts communities,” Kames said. “This award celebrates my past art achievements and will assist in planning future art endeavors which includes an expanded community outreach.
Kames’ award recognizes her contribution to advancing the arts in Iowa. Her drawings, print, and installation-based work are exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions across Iowa and the Midwest region. Kames was also one of two artists whose work was selected for The Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition in Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office in 2018 and her installation work, Dear Mother, was chosen for inclusion in the October 2021 edition of the Annals of Iowa which will celebrate Iowa’s 175th Anniversary of Statehood. She is a regular participant in regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Kames has also enjoyed and grown from residencies across the United States and in Germany, Belgium, Ireland, and Canada.
Kames is one of over 200 individuals and organizations working in arts and culture, film and media, and history and historic preservation receiving a portion of $2.3 million from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
About the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa – State Office of Media Production, and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present, and future generations.