Art on the River

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2015 Art on the River Opening Reception 
The opening reception was held Thursday, June 18, at 5:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center. The public had the opportunity to meet the artists and jurors and be present for the announcement of winners of "Best in Show" and "People's Choice" awards from the 2014-2015 show. 
The Selection Process is Complete for 2015-2016 Art on the River
The City of Dubuque celebrates its tenth annual Art on the River exhibition this year. 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. The exhibit will be on display through June 2016. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible. 
 
We look forward to your submissions in the future!
Downloadable Brochure and Maps
Check back soon to download a walking tour brochure. 

Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations. 

Download driving directions to the Port of Dubuque.
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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 Arts and Cultural Affairs 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 Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator by calling 563-690-6059.