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In Memoriam: Douglas Schlesier Retrospective Exhibition

By Clarke News  |  February 16, 2017

Dubuque, Iowa – In Memoriam, a retrospective exhibition of artwork by Clarke University Professor Emeritus Douglas Schlesier, will be on display January 30 – February 19, 2017 in the Quigley Art Gallery on the campus of Clarke University. Schlesier taught was a professor in the art department at Clarke University from 1969 until his retirement in 2011. He died suddenly on December 16, 2016.

A memorial service for Schlesier will be held at the Clarke University Sacred Heart Chapel in the Wahlert Atrium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. The memorial service will be followed by a reception in Quigley Gallery from 3-5 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

Exhibited works include drawings, airbrush paintings, sketchbooks, and sculpture spanning his 50-plus year career. Subject matter of the exhibited art work mirrors Schlesier’s wide-ranging interests that included family, social issues, life drawing studies and travel-related images. Also included are preparatory studies for public works, such as the sculpture of Mary Frances Clarke on the Clarke campus.

Schlesier earned an AA degree in Advertising Art and Design at State University New York Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farmingdale, N.Y, a BFA degree in sculpture at State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. and a MFA degree in Art at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He exhibited art locally, regionally and internationally and completed numerous public works in Dubuque.

Schlesier served as a member of the board of directors for the Dubuque County Historical Society, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, the National Rivers Hall of Fame and was a member of the exhibition committee at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Since his retirement from Clarke, Schlesier co-authored a Basic Drawing Text and Sketchbook published by Oxford Press. He was working on a life drawing text at the time of his death.

The Quigley Gallery is open from noon – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact Clarke University at (563)588-6377.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.