Carrie Pearce, “The Merry Makers,” 2019, oil on linen, 78 x 56 in. NFS

In “The Merry Makers,” artist Carrie Pearce explores the realm of imagination, memory, and nostalgia in her latest series of figurative oil paintings, on view at the Dubuque Museum of Art (a Smithsonian Affiliate).

Pearce’s style has been described as imaginary realism. The fantastic figures in her work derive from a combination of imagination and photographic references.

Pearce will deliver an artist talk on Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m. The program is free.

Carrie Pearce, “Everafter,” 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in. Available

Carrie Pearce lives and works in Peoria, Illinois, and is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Pearce’s work has been featured nationally and internationally. The artist was among ten finalists for the 2019 Bennett Prize, a national juried art competition and exhibition to honor and encourage women figurative painters.

Carrie Pearce, “But a Dream,” 2019, oil on panel, 42 x 28 in. Available

“The Merry Makers” is on view at the Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, Iowa) January 24 through May 31, 2020. For more details, visit or

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