David Keltner, The Story of an Unlikely Collector
A selection from the lifetime collection of David Keltner,
former Dubuque resident and Loras College Alum
January 16, 2015 through March 1, 2015
Collector’s Gallery Presentation Sunday, January 18, 1p.m.
David Keltner returns to Dubuque to provide a glimpse into the unique collection amassed since his first purchase at age 19. As a collector, Keltner has developed a discerning eye, and describes his most rewarding times as searching estate sales and flea market as well as on-line auctions for distinctive pieces. Truly the strangest places, and the stories behind each acquisition are as engaging as the artwork itself. Keltner spends hours researching works and artists and when possible, makes direct contact with the artist to learn the compelling details behind the work.
Through Keltner’s generosity and love of art, several significant pieces—rare finds by well-known, distinctive artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Man Ray, and Bernard Buffet—have become gifts to the Rockford Museum of Art, Dubuque Museum of Art and others.
From work $20,000 painting created by Diba, cousin to the Empress of Iran which he purchased for a mere $100, to a charcoal drawing by Morandi, to a wonderfully executed portrait of a New Guinea family, Keltner’s collection is an experience not to be missed. From thousands of pieces in this collection, we have selected pieces with the most unique stories and wonderfully executed work in many different mediums.