Art on the River

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The City of Dubuque celebrated its 11th annual Art on the River exhibition the past year! Our opening reception was held at the Grand River Center on June 22nd, 2016 where we unveiled the new selections for our exhibit and the new winners of the People's Choice Award and Best in Show.

Congratulations to Jeremy Rudd the artist that created "Onward and Upward" as the People's Choice winner for the 2015 - 2016 exhibit and to J. Karl Lipscomb for his imaginative genius that created the Best in Show selection "Conventional Apparatus."

The City of Dubuque is currently preparing for the 12th edition of Art on the River! All pieces are selected by our experienced panel of jurors and we hope to welcome 10 new sculptures to our Mississippi Riverwalk!

The Art on the River Light show has been indefinitely postponed.

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Public access to art

Art on the River public temporary art exhibit is located along the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. You can 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 2017. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.

Community support for the arts

Each year we assemble three expert jurors to select ten finalists from a highly competitive field of local and national artists. The final selections are unveiled at the opening reception each summer and are displayed for the entire year. The artists selected as finalists are awarded  $1,500 for displaying their artwork here in Dubuque for a year.

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.

Opportunity for artists

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. 
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Downloadable Brochure and Maps

Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations. 
Find out more about sales information click here.
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