Art on the River

Bronze Anvil
Waters Edge
Selection Process Underway for the 2015-2016 Exhibit!
Click here to view the pieces in the 2014-2015 display, learn more about the artists, and find sales information.

The City of Dubuque's Art on the River public temporary art exhibit is located along the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. Stroll the picturesque walkway near the Mississippi and view ten pieces of public art that will have you and your family talking, smiling and taking pictures. In its ninth year, the 2014-2015 temporary public art exhibit drew 83 entries from 53 artists in 20 different states. The exhibit will be on display through June 2015. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.
Selection Process Underway - 2015-2016 Art on the River

Please stay tuned for this year's winners!  Be sure to come see the new show starting June 18th!

We look forward to your submissions in the future!
Downloadable Brochure and Maps
Click here to download a walking tour brochure. 

Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations. 

Download driving directions to the Port of Dubuque.
Best of Show
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Art on the River Overview
Art on the River is a temporary public art program of outdoor sculpture displayed at the Port of Dubuque along the picturesque Mississippi Riverwalk.

Each summer, ten pieces are chosen by a jury of experts from a highly competitive field of local and national artists to be displayed for a year. Selected artists receive a $1,500 stipend for displaying their artwork for a year.
During the course of the year, special events are held to promote the enjoyment and understanding of public art. Each piece is for sale but must remain part of the Art on the River display for the entire year. The City functions as a gallery and will take a commission on each sale to fund future exhibitions. For sales information, contact the Economic Development Coordinator by email or by calling 563-690-6059. Download a sales information sheet here.

The City Council approved the creation of the Art on the River outdoor sculpture project In November 2005, and approved a budget of $300,000 over the next 10 years for this innovative initiative.

Art on the River is coordinated by a sub-committee of the City's Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and includes representatives from the Dubuque Museum of Art, local artists, educators, and City staff. For more information, please contact the Economic Development Coordinator by calling 563-690-6059.